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7.2 Andrew Jackson

September 15th, 2018

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After New Orleans, Jackson finds himself one of the most popular men in the country. He has a head full of idea as to how the country should be run, and it starts with those in power not being in power any more. What does this mean for the Republic? Find out as we rate Andrew Jackson, one of the most controversial presidents.

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7.1 Andrew Jackson

August 18th, 2018

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We now arrive at one of the more controversial presidents in US history: Jackson has a bit of a, shall we say, reputation. In this episode we explore his early life and his rise up to the battle that made him famous. Was he a controversial man before he became president? Find out! 

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6.2 John Q Adams

August 4th, 2018

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After spending some time getting to know the Tzar and the war torn countries of Europe, John finds himself back home. He has plans. Big plans. He can see just how to make the US as rich in culture, and as strong economically as Europe. All he has to do is get people to stop laughing at him. And if only that oaf Jackson would just go away... 

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6.1 John Q Adams

July 21st, 2018

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It’s not easy when your father is one of the most important men in the (albeit short) history of your country. There is a lot of pressure on young JQA to get it right. So after learning all the languages, and understanding Milton and getting to (ahem) know the locals in Sweden, he is hoping his life will get on track. If only he could sort his handwriting out…

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5.2 James Monroe

July 7th, 2018

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Monroe arrives back home to find that his so-called friends are not being nice enough to him. But he will show them! he will run for president! He will- ah, ok. Maybe not this time. But who knows? Maybe this war will convince people he is the man for the top job…

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5.1 James Monroe

June 23rd, 2018

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It’s tough being the poor boy in the class, even when you own hundreds of acres of land and dozens of slaves. But one day the young James Monroe was shot in the shoulder. Then everything started to come together - The great George Washington knows him, he is becoming friends with Thomas Jefferson, and he can shoot a squirrel at a 100 yards. With these attributes behind him, the sky is the limit.

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4.2 James Madison

June 9th, 2018

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It's time Madison meets Dolly. Fed up with politics, this wonderful woman reinvigerates Madison's zeal for political life. And he will need that zeal. Because the British and coming! The British are coming! With any luck they will be too distracted by Nepoleon's invas - what's that? Nepoleon's defeated? Oh dear... 

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4.1 James Madison

May 26th, 2018

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Slight, small and stiff. This is how Madison was described by his contemporaries (about his personality - get your mind out the gutter). However, those that underestimated him soon learned: sharp things often come in small packages. Find out how Madison overcame his doubts and fear over his health to rise to become the co-leader of ‘Madison’s Party’. Oh, just hide any pets you may have…

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3.2 Thomas Jefferson

May 12th, 2018

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Thomas becomes secretary of state after getting back from France, and from then on he is at the centre of Us politics. But how does he do? He has a dream of an agrarian utopia, but are his cheeses big enough? Are there too many Megalonyxs? Why have pirate declared war on them? And what is Burr up to now? Jefferson will have to overcome many obstacles if he wants to score high in this episode. 

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3.1 Thomas Jefferson

April 28th, 2018

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This week we learn of the life of the third president up until his appointment as the secretary of state. Find out how Thomas came to write the Declaration of Independence, how he failed to ask someone to marry him, and how he often failed to be a decent human being while at the same time coming up with some fantastic ideas linked to freedom. 

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