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I am a professor of history at Cumberland University, located 30 miles east of Nashville. This blog generally focuses on the Early Republic period, defined by the Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR) as encompassing the years 1776-1861. Most of the posts center on Andrew Jackson and Jacksonian politics, my primary research interests, but I also address other topics, including teaching, writing, the Civil War, southern history, and the history of conspiracy theories.

If you’re interested in what motivated me to begin blogging, click here.

On Twitter, I often use the hashtag #ConspiracyTweets to mark tweets about conspiracy theories for students in my Conspiracy Theories in American History course. Please don’t send me tinfoil hats–that hashtag does not reflect my belief in various conspiracy theories.

Disclaimer: This blog is not sponsored by Cumberland University, and the opinions and views expressed in my postings and comments do not necessarily reflect those of the university and its administration, faculty, students, or staff.