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Mark R. Cheathem is a professor of history and the project director of the Papers of Martin Van Buren at Cumberland University, located 30 miles east of Nashville. He is the author or editor of seven books, including the award-winning Andrew Jackson, Southerner.

Dr. Cheathem has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including C-SPAN, NBC News, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CTV News, the Nashville Tennessean, the Associated Press, and Voice of America. His writings have also appeared in a number of media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Nashville Tennesseanand the History News Network.

Dr. Cheathem’s 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, his primary research interests, but he also addresses other topics, including teaching, writing, the Civil War, southern history, and the history of conspiracy theories.

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

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

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

8 thoughts on “Home

  1. Dr. Cheathem –

    Your recent interview with Brian Lamb was excellent although the timing threw me off a bit. Your biography on Jackson is excellent (a signed copy resides on my shelves). I look forward to your upcoming books on the 1840 and 1844 elections.

    Do you know the status of James Bradley’s bio of Martin Van Buren?


    1. I hope by timing you meant the fact that the book came out in 2013, not my pauses after Brian’s questions!

      James is plugging away, but I’m not sure exactly where he’s at in MVB’s life.

      Thanks for writing.


  2. Bill Gorski

    I enjoyed watching Q and A tonight on C-span. I had signed up to be on the mailing list but have never received anything to date. Could you please check on this for me? FYI.. I was a student of Robert Remini in a survey course back in the ’70s. Since then I taught AP United States History for 33 years.

  3. sarah calloway

    I have a gold coin/token(?) with a bust of Andrew Jackson on one side and on the reverse it says 2nd inauguration, Andrew Jackson president of united states 1833. (+/- a few words/spelling). Do you know what I have? And, does it have any monetary or historical significance? I have had it about 50 years and got it from my grandmother.

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