Nashville has Old Hickory Boulevard, TPAC's Jackson Hall, a statue of Andrew Jackson on the Capitol lawn and the Hermitage, home of the seventh president. But Jackson's legacy is felt across the nation--it's no accident his portrait is on the $20 bill. Author and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham makes the case for Jackson's importance in his engrossing new biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Old Hickory, argues Meacham, remade the presidency, establishing the notion that the president is the people's direct representative and therefore the true center of the country's power. It was a power Jackson used with gusto. He broke up the national bank, stared down South Carolina in the nullification crisis and, tragically, relocated Southern Indian tribes to the West. He was a classic larger-than-life personality, an inspiration to many presidents and the original Washington outsider.
Sat., Dec. 20, 1 p.m., 2008