Books for Spring 2023

Introduction to Historical Methods Michael J. Salevouris et al., The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide, 5th ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2022) ISBN 9781119569190 James M. Banner Jr., The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History Is Revisionist History (Yale University Press, 2021) ISBN 9780300238457 Kate L. Turabian, Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, 5th ed. (University of Chicago …

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Review of Nighthawk’s Wing

Credit: https://charlesfergus.com/nighthawk In 2019, I reviewed A Stranger Here Below by Charles Fergus, the first entry in his Gideon Stoltz Historical Mysteries series. The sequel, entitled Nighthawk's Wing, came out last year. In this book, Stoltz investigates the murder of a woman accused of witchcraft. Fergus keeps the reader guessing as to the guilty party, …

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Books for Fall 2022

American Presidency MaryAnne Borrelli, The Politics of the President's Wife (Texas A&M University Press, 2011) ISBN 978-1603442855 Mark R. Cheathem, The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2018) ISBN 978-1421425986 Andrew S. Moore, ed., Evangelicals and Presidential Politics: From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump (LSU Press, 2021) ISBN 978-0807174340 …

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Did the Rothschild Family Try To Kill Andrew Jackson?

Xaviant Haze’s The Suppressed History of American Banking: How Big Banks Fought Jackson, Killed Lincoln, and Caused the Civil War is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read. The main argument is that the Rothschild banking family caused the War of 1812 to make money from it, fought Andrew Jackson to preserve the Second …

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Are These Andrew Jackson Quotes Accurate?

I wanted to celebrate today's Presidents' Day by examining a list of alleged Andrew Jackson quotes recently posted by Mental Floss. Some of the quotes are accurate, but several are apocryphal. Not surprisingly, a couple of them come from our old friend and noted purveyor of historical lies Augustus C. Buell. “The bank, Mr. Van …

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This Tariff Debate Is So Taxing!

I came across a Twitter conversation today that drew my attention. The topic was the role of tariffs as a cause of the southern states' secession in 1860-61, which appears to have been prompted by this blog post. I won't wade into the morass of opinions exchanged on Twitter, but I do want to address …

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Review of And Tyler No More

Credit: https://stanhaynes.com/ Earlier this fall, attorney and author Stan Haynes offered to send me a copy of his newest book, And Tyler No More, which is set in the Jacksonian/antebellum period. Although there is some fiction set in this period (see my review of A Stranger Here Below), there isn't a lot. With that in …

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Books for Spring 2022

Jacksonian Democracy 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 Spencer W. McBride, Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom (Oxford Univ. Press, 2021) ISBN 9780190909413 Joshua D. Rothman, 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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