Did Andrew Jackson Really Hate the British?

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to present a paper at a symposium commemorating the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. The papers from that symposium have now been published in a new book, The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory (LSU Press). The table of contents gives you some idea of …

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New Film on the Battle of New Orleans

Would it be unprofessional for me to squee? Because I sure feel like it. According to this report, Andrew Jackson might finally return to the silver screen.   With a planned budget of $60 million to $65 million, the independently financed "Andrew Jackson and the Battle for New Orleans" is being targeted for a possible 2016 …

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January 8th at Andrew Jackson’s Home

Yesterday was a great day at The Hermitage. Erin Adams deserves special praise for pulling off a huge event, but all of the Hermitage staff did a great job in handling the logistics of the crowds and the cold temperatures. Gene Smith kicked off the day with his talk on the free black and slave …

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Commemorating the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans

The bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans is one of the only historical anniversaries that I've really been excited about in my lifetime. While the Civil War sesquicentennial has received a lot of publicity, the War of 1812 bicentennial has languished in the background. That's unfortunate, but at least in Nashville and New Orleans, …

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The Immortal Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans

I wrote this piece on the Battle of New Orleans for We're History, a new digital publication co-edited by Heather Cox Richardson and David Chappell. If you're familiar with the battle, then you might not learn much new, but if you need a brief primer on why 8 January 1815 was important, then this is for you.

The British Perspective on the Battle of New Orleans

This editorial brings up a perspective that is often ignored: What did the British think about the Battle of New Orleans? The writer, James Gill, makes the point that the British were involved in previous anniversaries, including descendants of Sir Edward Pakenham, the opposing British general who lost his life during the battle. But what about …

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New Documentary on the Battle of New Orleans

Thursday marks the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, so I'm running a series of posts commemorating the event this week. First up is a new documentary on the battle. It's straightforward, so don't expect Ken Burns. But I thought it was solid, and I learned some things about the military side. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp_3LyIt65g&feature=youtu.be