Donald Trump got confused over the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the founder of the Democratic Party, while standing next to a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the founder of the party he acquired last year. He said that Jackson was such a strong leader he might have been able to prevent the Civil War.
I recalled Shelby Foote fielding a similar question, “Could the Civil War have been avoided?” during his interview for the 1990 Ken Burns epic. My edited clip is just 22 seconds long.
As the logos roll, you’ll hear “Ashokan Farewell,” music commissioned by Ken Burns, composed & performed by Jay Ungar.