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Center for Jacksonian America Hosts Renowned Creek War Historian

Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.

UT’s Latest Volume of Jackson Papers Exposes “Most Lurid Year” in Presidency

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A woman with a dubious reputation. Presidential cabinet members at each other’s throats. A president with a conspiracy theory. It’s not a fictional story of political intrigue. It’s real-life drama—detailed through the correspondence chronicled in the ninth volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press.

Fifty Years Ago in Dallas: JFK Presidency, Assassination Change History

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Fifty years ago—on November 22, 1963—President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, forever changing American politics. How might history have been different had that fateful day in Dallas not occurred? How did the assassination color the legacy of Kennedy’s short presidency? “The difficulty of assessing Kennedy, which is also part of his glittering memory, is that he was cut off at precisely the right moment,” history professor Dan Feller said. “One is free to imagine all kinds of promises, some of which might have been fulfilled and some of which might have not.”

UT’s Latest Volume of Jackson Papers Reveals Personality, Convictions

President Andrew Jackson’s complicated character frequently pops up during 1830 as he trudges through the political and personal tumult that surrounds his second year in office. The eighth volume of “The Papers of Andrew Jackson,” a UT Knoxville series published by UT Press, includes primary documents dealing with Jackson’s opposition to the Bank of the United States, his urgent compulsion to pass the Indian Removal Act, his conflict with Vice President John C. Calhoun and his angst over the sex scandal surrounding Peggy Eaton, the wife of one of his cabinet members.