Jacksonian America: 2013 in Review

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. …

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And the Winners Are . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itAOGRiYRLI Twitter: Ray Ortensie (@AFHistorian) Facebook: Sheridan Henson Ray, please send me a mailing address. Sheridan, I'll walk over your copy later today. Thanks to everyone for helping spread the word about the new book. Even if you didn't win a free copy, you can still purchase a signed copy of Andrew Jackson, Southerner at the …

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Beloit Mindset List: Class of 2017

Updated: Not everyone loves the Beloit List. The new Beloit Mindset List is out. These lists always spark interesting debates and provide food for thought. For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead. 1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up …

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Jacksonian America: 2012 in Review

Here are the top posts for Jacksonian America for 2012. Thanks for making this year the blog's most successful. 1 What History Professors Do (February 2012): 6,344 views 2 The Living Grandsons of President John Tyler (December 2010): 1,273 views 3 Andrew Jackson's Profane Parrot (April 2012): 954 views 4 State of Georgia Closing State Archives (September 2012): 480 views 5 AHA Bingo for …

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BrANCH 2012: Slave Communities and Southern Honor

By the time you read this, I should be at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for this year's BrANCH conference. (The program is here.) This is my first BrANCH (British American Nineteenth Century Historians) conference experience, and I'm glad it's being held in one of my favorite areas of England. I try to post my conference …

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Beloit Mindset List for 2016

This year's Beloit mindset list is out. The fact that "For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead" is pretty remarkable. Other interesting tidbits: The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” …

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Tweaking the Blog

I mentioned last week that I was considering revamping the blog. As you hopefully can tell, that transformation is complete. Some changes of note: 1. I reorganized the blog to look more like a website. The menu is divided into more specific categories to direct visitors to pages that might interest them. 2. I changed …

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