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 … Continue reading Are These Andrew Jackson Quotes Accurate?
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 dissemination … Continue reading Steve Campbell on His New Bank War Book
Total blog views: 41,076 Most active 2017 month in views: August (5,024) Ten most-viewed posts of 2017 (2017 posts in bold): 1. Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy Federal Reserve Meme 9,766 2. Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot 4,368 3. Was Calvin Coolidge a Klansman? 1,773 4. The Man Who Wanted to Kill Andrew Jackson 1,678 5. 248 Years Later, Andrew Jackson Remains Controversial 1,153 6. Is Donald … Continue reading Jacksonian America: 2017 in Review
WordPress isn't generating year-in-review reports this year, so I'm putting together my own. Total blog views: 55,459 Most active month in views: November (9,807) Ten most-viewed posts of 2016 (2016 posts in bold): 1. Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy Federal Reserve Meme 23,022 2. Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot 7,001 3. The Man Who Wanted to Kill Andrew Jackson 3,937 4. Was Calvin … Continue reading Jacksonian America: 2016 in Review
Hard to believe that it's been six years since I made my first post. More than ever, I'm convinced that the Jacksonian period is supremely relevant to understanding today's United States, especially its politics. Despite Stanley Fish telling historians to keep quiet about modern-day presidential politics, "nobody puts Baby in the corner!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyC--vsiGEI
WordPress prepared a year-end report for this blog. Here are the highlights: Total blog views: 49,289 Most active month in views: October (7,872)) Ten most-viewed posts of 2015 (2015 posts in bold): 1. Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy Federal Reserve Meme 12,437 2. Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot 10,023 3. The Man Who Wanted to Kill Andrew Jackson 2,794 4. Was Calvin Coolidge … Continue reading Jacksonian America: 2015 in Review
The fifth anniversary of this blog caught me by surprise. Other responsibilities keep me from posting as often as I used to, but I hope to get back to a more regular writing schedule this fall. Even though I write less frequently, I appreciate those of you who read when I do find time to … Continue reading 5 Years of Blogging
WordPress prepared a year-end report for this blog. It was a light year for me in terms of original content, but here are the highlights in case you are interested: Total blog views: 35,741 Most active month in views: March (4,801) Ten most-viewed posts (2014 posts in bold): Andrew Jackson's Profane Parrot (9,483) Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy … Continue reading Jacksonian America: 2014 in Review
According to a recent New York Times article, it was probably not pneumonia. In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where it stagnated and formed a marsh; the White House water supply was just seven blocks … Continue reading What Killed William Henry Harrison?
WordPress automatically compiles a year-end blog, which I've adapted below to show my top ten posts of the year. Andrew Jackson’s Profane Parrot 90,194 This post was picked up on reddit and blew the blog past 100,00 views. AHA Bingo for 2013 Meeting in New Orleans 1,727 I didn't make a new one for 2014, but it's still popular. … Continue reading Jacksonian America: 2013 in Review