By Dick Morris on October 8, 2011

In this video commentary, I discuss how a significant political deal elected Jefferson president, saved New York from cholera, founded the Chase Manhattan Bank and started Tammany Hall. Hope you enjoy this history video!

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  • blueskygal on October 8, 2011 10:48 pm

    Great history lesson.. keep them coming. It shows that these problems always existed in the system.. anytime money and power congeal there is corruption. My takeaway from this is that we need REFORM more than ever to prevent this kind of chicanery. Our current state of affairs is the result of this kind of graft and corruption and it is bleeding the people dry. I really hate it when polls say “we have to do our share” .. we have been giving more than our share forever. Now it’s time for the people to have more of their money so we can regenerate our great american engine of growth and prosperity.. this is what the world fears! including China.

  • CitizenLAK on October 8, 2011 11:46 pm

    Great idea for history on Saturday’s Lunch alert. Understanding history is essential to fixing the problems of today.

    I would love to know when Congress became exempt from the laws they enact. I know that in the Federalist Papers Congress obeying the laws they enacted was supposed to be a “check” on their power.

  • AZ Don on October 9, 2011 9:30 am

    Excellent idea Dick, keep up the good work.



  • ppirtle on October 9, 2011 11:45 am

    I enjoyed your Saturday history video. I have a suggestion.

    I just finished “Revolutionary Founders; Rebels Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation” Edited by Young, Nash, and Raphael.

    It is a great book that covers the influence of people you may never have heard of and their significant influence on the founding of our country, including lead up to the founding of Tammany Hall as well as many other fascinating subjects.

    You would find great material for many more fascinating Saturday videos. See NYTimes review at link below:

  • alstone on October 9, 2011 4:58 pm

    I really enjoyed the history lesson good to get away from all the political retoric every now and then. keep your insight coming
    especially when it concerns out Texas Governor.

  • xringer43 on October 9, 2011 7:53 pm

    Indeed very enjoyable. Please keep them coming. We history junkies never get enough, especially when it deals with the good old US of A.

  • moniqueakawalek on October 10, 2011 5:08 am

    Love it! Keep that history coming. We must know our history – We say parrots repeat but History rhymes. Drawing the parallels and making the connections make for fine mind work and in the end just might save this country.

  • Gary1206 on October 10, 2011 6:49 am

    Dick and company,
    Thanks for the videos and history lesson; great context. You’re right; we gotta read the fine print. Sadly, we won’t.

  • RacerXX on October 10, 2011 9:48 am

    Cool history lesson, thanks Dick! Very Ann Coulter-ish..

    Speaking of, her illustration of the American vs. French Revolution & mob behavior was very eye-opening. One of the best things I’ve read lately.

    Really like the history lessons though. Helps put today’s events in context.

  • alchumie1 on October 10, 2011 9:53 am


    LOVE your history lessons…KEEP EM UP!!!


  • Bay0Wulf on October 10, 2011 10:29 am

    I enjoy most of your lunchbreak videos. This one in particular is one of my favorites as I have long been studying the various histories of the USA. Of NYC I believe that “Gotham” is the best one out and am sorry to see that the sequel seems to never have been released.

    I would like to see these histories aimed at the places where the government or politicians managed to breach or change the intent of their mandate such as this one did. What I think would be useful would be if there were some indication as to whether those breaches can be repaired and how to do so.

    Obviously, you limit the time used in your broadcasts so getting too in-depth would be unwieldy.

    One last note, if you have polls like the; “who won the debate?” poll, I would suggest that you offer a chance to rank it rather than a “pick one” scenario.

    Thank-you for taking the time to do these “spots”. They are informative and often useful.

  • annwangler on October 10, 2011 12:40 pm

    Please continue the history lessons. Too few of us understand the facts, and most history teachers teach only what is considered to be PC. Also, I really enjoy your lunch-time videos because you are able to discuss issues without being interrupted by an interviewer.

  • davidtrek on October 10, 2011 4:58 pm

    I Loved it! Please continue

  • Carolina on October 10, 2011 5:04 pm

    Looking forward to more very enlightening history lessons. I’m currently reading “Reckless Endangerment” by Gretchen Morgenson and WOW, what an eye-opener! Perhaps, you can add further historical background to the economic catastrophe we’re in! Keep it going – we need the knowledge and facts you present!

  • jbasilgolf on October 11, 2011 8:40 am

    Enjoyed the history lesson. I wonder if there will be a class explaining the naivete of the citizenry regarding the election of “The Bama” in ’08. It would be illuminating to say the least. Thanks for your continued effort to bring valuable information to those whom continue to seek the truth.

  • Neil W. Bohnert on October 11, 2011 12:01 pm

    Great idea! Our history is not a collection of old, dusty events. We are our history. Thanks.

  • jonny.utsa on October 11, 2011 2:31 pm

    I like it 🙂

  • Jamie Shafer on October 12, 2011 3:10 pm

    Good job Dick – we need to remember our history so we will not repeat it – hopefully. Had not realized there was a cholera epidemic that early in NYC. There were widespread cholera attacks again in 1849-1850 affecting parts of my own family, specifically in Glens Falls, NY and St. Louis. There exists a wonderful antique print of the huge and very impressive NYC reservoir on 5th Avenue at the site of today’s library and Bryant Park.

    I enjoy all your lunchtime videos – don’t think of giving them up!

  • jhartwell on October 13, 2011 7:39 am

    We enjoy your lunch alerts and Saturday history lesson. We especially enjoy the Saturday history lessons. You are informing us, your audience, not preaching to us. Thanks! And keep them coming!