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 appearsContinue reading “A Precedent for Presidential Censure”

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 StrangerContinue reading “Review of A Stranger Here Below

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 thingContinue reading “A Primer on Presidential Impeachment”

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 WickedContinue reading “Books for Spring 2020”

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 emailedContinue reading “Alcohol at SHEAR”

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 exerciseContinue reading “Thoughts on Andrew Jackson’s Place on the $20 Bill”

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-bornContinue reading “John Quincy Adams’ Take on Trump’s Wall”

Books for Fall 2019

History of U.S. I (To 1877) Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018. ISBN 9781621904533 John Fea, Why Study History? Reflecting on the Importance of the Past. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2013. ISBN 9780801039652 Betty Wood, The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies (HillContinue reading “Books for Fall 2019”

Steve Campbell on His New Bank War Book

What’s New in My Book? A guest post by Steve Campbell The Bank War is one of those topics with a vast historiographical literature, so some readers may wonder what exactly is new in my book? Unlike most previous works, The Bank War and the Partisan Press devotes particular attention to the funding and disseminationContinue reading “Steve Campbell on His New Bank War Book”

Win a Free Copy of Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

Want a free signed copy of Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party? You can win in two ways: 1. Like the Jacksonian America Facebook page, and share the post about this contest on your personal timeline. 2. Retweet the Twitter announcement of this contest. I will award one book for Facebook participants and one forContinue reading “Win a Free Copy of Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party