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Jacksonian America

Can Presidents Shape An Entire Era? Trump and the Possibility of a New “Age of Jackson”

The following guest post is by Michael Todd Landis, Tarleton State University. Sometimes a president’s personality and policies shape an entire era.  Franklin Roosevelt forged a “New Deal Consensus” that persisted decades after his death.  John Kennedy appeared as “Camelot” to a new generation of optimistic voters (though he was only in office for two and a half years).  Ronald Reagan launched an age of greed, materialism, and conspicuous consumption from which Americans are still reeling.  Can the same be said for Donald Trump?  Was his rise to power the birth of a new epoch? Trump’s potential impact on United Read more