2010 Tennessee Conference of Historians Recap

It doesn’t seem appropriate to duplicate the conference recap here in this blog, but I wanted to add a thought or two.

The panel that I was on focused on John Catron and Andrew Jackson. Surprisingly, no historian has written a biography of Catron, despite being a member of the United States Supreme Court. (Add him to the my list.) Like Jackson, there were claims that he fathered a child with one of his slaves. Michael Birdwell and John Nisbet are looking to co-author a Catron bio.

No one seemed to disagree with my assessment of historians’ failure to address the role of slavery in Jackson’s life. I am planning a two-part blog series explaining John Spencer Bassett’s influence on Jacksonian historiography, which will speak to this issue more broadly than my forthcoming article.

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