Judy Simpson Cook, writer, producer, director, and actress, shared her gifts with the Museum of the Waxhaws by writing, directing and producing, Andrew Jackson, a Majority of One on March 26, 2023. Bob Hook, local area actor, performed this one-person play taking place on the last evening of Andrew Jackson’s second term as President.
“It is nearing midnight on Andrew Jackson’s last night in office. He is old, he is tired, he is ill. But his passion for his young country has not dimmed. On this night, he has invited a few friends to visit.
After a cheerful greeting and a toast to the country, he regales them with tales of his exploits and adventures. Known as Old Hickory, he fought the British, he fought the Spanish, he fought the Congress – oh, how he fought the Congress – but above all, he fought to ensure that his United States of America would remain that way – united.”
Thank you to Judy Simpson Cook, Ron Cook, and Bob Hook for doing this historic presentation for the Museum of the Waxhaws!
Here’s an excerpt from the performance:
“…to resign, but mine (health) was just as bad (as Rachel’s health).
I’ve been carrying two bullets, one in my arm for eight years, one in my chest for 15. That one I still have. But no, they weren’t war wounds. They were from the duels.
Also, I contracted dysentery and malaria. The Calomel (mercurous chloride) and Sugar of Lead (lead acetate) I took, make me feel worse.
Spring of 1822. My health deteriorated to the point that I knew I had to rest or die. This time gave me an opportunity to think about what was going on in the country.
I knew there was something happening that was wrong. The more I looked into it and the more I thought about it, the more distressed I became.
Corruption and not just stealing money!
Well, that’s bad enough, but people who would subvert the constitutional system of government for their own profits.”