The History Channel’s Ten Things You Don’t Know About show featuring UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson staff will air at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. History Professor Dan Feller and Research Associate Professor Tom Coens were involved in the shoot with the show’s star, punk rock musician Henry Rollins. Ten Things You Don’t Know About looks at interesting “twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew.”
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It’s football time in Tennessee, and that means a new Pregame Showcase lineup. Now in its twenty-fifth season, the Pregame Showcase gives fans the chance to hear from esteemed faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, before the Vols face the Utah State Aggies.
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.
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—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.”
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.