Who Were the January 6 Insurrectionists?

On a Twitter thread with Sarah Werner, I mentioned four distinct groups of people that seemed to take part in the violent January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. https://twitter.com/markcheathem/status/1347558032616660992 https://twitter.com/markcheathem/status/1347558966621069313 I wanted to expand a bit more on those four groups. Tourists. These are the people who were taking selfies and wandering through the …

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Books for Spring 2021

Civil War America After taking a cycle off, I'm teaching the Civil War course in the spring. All three books are new to the course and will be supplemented with articles and essays. Kevin Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) ISBN 9781469653266 Kellie Carter …

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Books for Fall 2020

American Presidency Mark R. Cheathem, The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2018) ISBN 978-1421425986 Erika Falk, Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns, 2d. ed. (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2010) ISBN 978-0252076916 Jennifer R. Mercieca, Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump (Texas A&M Univ. Press, …

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A Precedent for Presidential Censure

In his remarks on Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) called for his fellow legislators to censure the president. "Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines," Manchin argued, "and as an equal branch of government to formally denounce the President's actions and hold him accountable." While there appears …

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Review of A Stranger Here Below

Earlier this fall, author Charles Fergus offered to send me a copy of his newest book, A Stranger Here Below, which is set in the Jacksonian period. There's not a lot of fiction that focuses on this period, so I agreed to read the book and write a short review about it here. A Stranger …

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A Primer on Presidential Impeachment

As I wrap up teaching the first part of the U.S. survey, we’ve been talking about President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment. Because of the current impeachment inquiry into President Trump, my students were very interested in learning more about the impeachment process. I wanted to share some of what we’ve been talking about. The first thing …

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Books for Spring 2020

Jacksonian Democracy Patrick H. Breen, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016) ISBN 9780190055615 Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson, Southerner (LSU Press, 2013) ISBN 9780807150986 Cassandra Good, Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) ISBN 9780199376179 Amy Greenberg, A Wicked …

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Alcohol at SHEAR

An exchange with an old grad student buddy unexpectedly prompted an interesting Twitter discussion of alcohol at academic conferences, specifically SHEAR. I wanted to provide my email to SHEAR president Annette Gordon-Reed, sent earlier this year, for context on my request. Annette (if I may), I don't know that we've met in person, but we've emailed …

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Thoughts on Andrew Jackson’s Place on the $20 Bill

Note: This post is an adaptation of a Twitter thread I wrote earlier this week. Several years ago, a publisher asked me to write an essay defending Jackson's place on the $20 for a book on debating political reform. Each set of essays took a pro or con position. I was given the intellectual exercise …

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John Quincy Adams’ Take on Trump’s Wall

I came across a quote recently that piqued my curiosity. In discussing immigration, the author credited John Quincy Adams with writing the following statement while secretary of state: The American Republic invites nobody to come. We will keep out nobody. Arrivals will suffer no disadvantages as aliens. But they can expect no advantages either. Native-born …

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