Current Research

I am currently under contract to write two new books: a study of the 1840 presidential election and the accompanying political culture of the era (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) and a volume on the 1844 presidential election for the Univ. Press of Kansas’ American Presidential Elections series.

Along with PMVB co-editor James Bradley, I am also under contract to produce a one-volume Selected Papers of Martin Van Buren for the Univ. of Tennessee Press.

My current long-term research projects, still in the preliminary stages, examine the development of the Jackson-Donelson family during the Civil War era, the evolution of Andrew Jackson as a democratic (and Democratic) symbol, and the life of Confederate general George Washington Gordon, who was one of the earliest members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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