A brief history of conspiracy theories

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A brief history of conspiracy theories

ON JAN. 30, 1835, as Andrew Jackson exited a congressman’s funeral, an assassin drew a weapon and pointed it at the president. The pistol misfired. The gunman pulled a second weapon. Though loaded, it too failed to fire. The cane-wielding Jackson and several bystanders subdued the would-be killer, an unemployed housepainter named Richard Lawrence. Lawrence later informed interrogators that he was King Richard III and that Jackson had killed his father. He was judged insane and committed to an asylum. Lawrence was a lone nut.

Or at least that was the official story. It wasn’t long before two witnesses…

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  1. Joe T

    January 28, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I need help with my history midterm, and one of the defintions I need to define to study is Andrew Jackson. Like I know how he was very influential, but I need more to say than just that. I forgot a lot of his ideals and accomplishments, if someone can just give me important facts and stuff about him, please don’t give me minor stuff like his death etc. Thanks!

  2. kass9191

    February 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I have to defend Andrew Jackson… any help?

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