Panic in the Senate: The Fight Over the Second Bank of the United States and the American Presidency
a book talk with Michael Trapani
Wednesday, July 7, 6 – 7pm ET
Join author and history teacher Michael Trapani as he discusses how Andrew Jackson changed the nature of the United States presidency through his war against the Second Bank of the United States and how his Whig opponents in the Senate tried to stem the tide of change. Jackson's novel use of his removal and veto power coupled with anointing himself the direct representative of the people shocked opponents who believed the president had stretched the power of the office beyond the limits set by the nation's founders. Trapani will also discuss the contributions to the debate from the two Maine senators often overlooked by history: Ether Shepley and Peleg Sprague - the former one Jackson's staunchest defenders and the latter one of his most forceful enemies.
About the author: Michael Trapani has taught United States history in central New Jersey for fifteen years. Trapani holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Master's degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University as well a Master's Degree in History from Arizona State University. Trapani's book, Panic in the Senate: The Fight Over the Second Bank of the United States and the American Presidency, was published this spring by Algora Publishing. When he's not teaching, writing, or reading history, Trapani enjoys coaching high school baseball, playing golf, and spending time with his family. Trapani lives in Rockaway, NJ with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters, Addison (4) and Everly (2).
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required.
Location: online via Zoom