Welcome to History at The Hermitage - a new monthly podcast series from the home of President Andrew Jackson! Each month we will debut a new podcast touching on topics related to Andrew Jackson, his life, his presidency, his legacy, and his time.

December 2011

On December 16, 1811, an earthquake measuring (approximately) 7.7 struck northeastern Arkansas, near the settlement of New Madrid, now in Missouri. The effects of this earthquakes, and the aftershocks that lasted until March 1812, were felt as far away as Boston. In this edition of History at The Hermitage, we look back for the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid Earthquakes.

The New Madrid Earthquakes (Pt 1) (Right-click and save to your desktop, import into your favorite media player)

History at The Hermitage discusses the earthquake with geological historian Dr. Kent Moran, and geophysicist Dr. Oliver Boyd, of the U.S. Geological Survey.

The New Madrid Earthquakes (Pt2)

History at The Hermitage sits down with author Jay Feldman to discuss the social and military implications of the New Madrid Earthquakes.

Further Reading:

"When the Mississippi Ran Backwards" - Jay Feldman (website)

This Week in New Madrid History - Blog by Dr. Kent Moran

Historic Earthquakes: New Madrid - USGS


November 2011

The Corrupt Bargain

In November 1824, the United States had its first election crisis - what to do when there's a winner in the popular vote, but he does not have enough electoral votes. We talk to Cumberland University's Dr. Mark Cheathem about the Corrupt Bargain, its impact on Andrew Jackson, and the election of 1828.

Further Reading:

"Old Hickory's Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson" - Dr. Mark Cheathem


September 2011

James Fenimore Cooper and Andrew Jackson

James Fenimore Cooper is best-known for his Leatherstocking Tales (and 1826's "Last of the Mohicans," in particular). Join us as we talk to the University of Connecticut's Dr. Wayne Franklin and ask how the literature of James Fenimore Cooper affected the public's perception of Native Americans, and wonder if the famed Natty Bumppo was based on Andrew Jackson.

Further Reading:

"James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years" - Dr. Wayne Franklin

"The Works of James Fenimore Cooper" (Hathi Trust)

"Notions of the Americans" - James Fenimore Cooper (Google eBook)

"Edgar Huntly: Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker" - Charles Brockdon Brown

The James Fenimore Cooper Society


August 2011

Fire at The Hermitage

In August 1836 The Hermitage was (for the most part) rebuilt after an 1834 fire. We talk to VP of Museum Services and Chief Curator Marsha Mullin about the fire, the restoration of The Hermitage, and a telling glimpse at Andrew Jackson Jr.


July 2011

Commemorating Alexis de Tocqueville

July 29 marks the birth of Alexis de Tocqueville - a Frenchman who traveled to the United States and turned his observations on Democracy in America a landmark work. Join us as we talk to Dr. Aurelian Craiutu - Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science (and Tocqueville scholar) at Indiana University, Bloomington - about Tocqueville, Democracy in America, and Andrew Jackson (8.47 MB).

Further Reading:

Tocqueville.org (CSPAN)

Democracy in America, Vols. 1 & 2

Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (co-edited by Dr. Craiutu)

Conversations with Tocqueville: The Global Democratic Revolution in the Twenty-First Century (by Dr. Craiutu)


March 2011

An interview with Andrew Jackson VI

March 15 is Andrew Jackson's birthday! Listen to his great-great-great grandson Andrew Jackson VI talk about what it means to be a descendant of the 7th President.


February 2011

The Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796

In February 1796, deliberations wrapped up on Tennessee's first Constitutional Convention (which would be signed by President Washington on June 1). Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Charles Sherrill talks about the nuances of the first Tennessee Constitution.

Further reading:

The Constitution of Tennessee, 1796

The Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1796 (published 1896)

The Constitution of North Carolina, 1776


January 2011

Privilege vs. Equality (Right-click and save to your desktop, import into your favorite media player)

Listen in on a conversation with Dr. Robert Wettemann, Director of the Center for Oral History at the United States Air Force Academy, as he explains what happened during the War of 1812 and how the Battle of New Orleans changed the face of the military.

Further reading:

Dr. Robert Wettemann - Privilege vs. Equality: Civil-Military Relations in the Jacksonian Era, 1815-1845


If you are interested in previous podcasts, please email us!

August 2010: The Battle of Hanging Rock - Andrew Jackson's introduction to the military

September 2010: Aaron & Andrew - A Story of Southern Treason

October 2010: Nashville 1788 - What Andrew Jackson Found When He Came to Nashville