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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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 (Hill …

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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 for …

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Books for Spring 2019

In addition to a bevy of articles and essays, students in my Spring 2019 courses will be reading these books. Introduction to Historical Methods Conal Furay and Michael J. Salevouris, The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide, 4th ed. (Wiley Blackwell, 2015) ISBN 9781118745441 Jill Lepore, The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle …

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Previewing Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party

Several years ago, I was invited to write a book on Andrew Jackson and the origins of the Democratic party for ABC-CLIO. While I was grateful for the opportunity, the book was marketed as a reference book, with ancillary material included that I thought detracted from the narrative and a price that deterred widespread sales …

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Win a Free Copy of The Coming of Democracy!

Now that The Coming of Democracy is in hand, here's your chance to win a signed paperback copy.* 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 …

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Background to The Coming of Democracy

One of the things I didn't have to address in my previous series on the evolution of a book was the changes that a book can undergo between proposal and publication. I didn't have this experience with any of my previous books, but The Coming of Democracy was different. In 2012, I sent Johns Hopkins University …

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