I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me.
After a career in the theatre, Catherine Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, as a Frances Perkins Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in History. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award. Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered prizes both for the best dissertation in American History at Yale and for the best dissertation in U.S. Women's history in the country. Professor Allgor's book, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government, published by the University of Virginia Press recently won the prize for the best first book by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Pulitzer Prize Winner Joseph J. Ellis calls it, "An extraordinary piece of work, easily one of the most intellectually original and stylishly elegant first books I have ever read." Professor Allgor has also written on politics, women, and religion for national publications, and her newest project is a political biography of Dolley Madison. In 2002-2003, Professor Allgor was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Last year, she was a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University.
Richard Blackett holds the Andrew Jackson Chair of history at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on African Americans and the abolitionist movement. In 2002 he authored Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War. Blackett's additional topics of study and lectures include the 1850 Fugitive Slave Laws, The British Reaction to the America Civil War, African Americans, the British Working Class and the Struggle for Freedom in America.
Kathryn H. Braund is Professor of History at Auburn University. Her research focuses on the ethnohistory of the Creek and Seminole Indians in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. She has written or co-authored several books relating to Southeastern Indian history. Her first book, Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815, focused on the development of a commercial hunting and trading economy among the Creeks. She has also written on Creek gender roles, slave-holding, diplomacy and warfare, as well as Creek conceptions of land and boundaries. She is currently working on a book about the Red Stick War.
Dale Cockrell is Professor of Musicology in the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. He is widely published in the field of American music studies, including Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), which won the C. Hugh Holman Award; Excelsior: Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (Stuyvesant, New York: Pendragon, 1989), recipient of the Irving Lowens Award; and more than seventy articles. He is a former president of the Society for American Music and a member of the American Antiquarian Society. Cockrell has won several grants and is quite proud of The Margaret Cuninggim Mentoring Prize (2002) "for outstanding contributions to the professional and intellectual development of Vanderbilt women." He has held appointments to Indiana University, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and The College of William and Mary.
Daniel Feller is a Professor of History, Editor of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, and Director of the Center for Jacksonian America at the University of Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin and taught previously at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at Northland College in Wisconsin. Feller has written widely on Andrew Jackson, Jacksonian politics, and Jacksonian America. His noted works include the seventh volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, covering the first year of Jackson's presidency and The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840. In 2000 he was Commonwealth Fund Lecturer in American History at University College London.
Daniel W. Howe, professor emeritus at Oxford University and UCLA, was the President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2000-01. He has co-authored and authored several books on early American history including his latest work on the Jacksonian era What Hath God Wrought: The United States, 1815-1848.
John Larson is an Iowan by birth and may one day become a Hoosier when his thirty-year sentence is up. He studied history at Luther College and Brown University. Before coming to Purdue in 1983 he served as Director of Research at Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement and taught at Earlham College. Since 1994 he has been coeditor, with Michael A. Morrison, of the Journal of the Early Republic. His publications include Bonds of Enterprise: John Murray Forbes and Western Development in America's Railway Age (1984) and Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States (2001).
Bobby L. Lovett is senior Professor of History at Tennessee State University, a native of Tennessee, and graduate of Memphis' Booker T. Washington High School. He earned the Ph.D., University of Arkansas, in American history, medieval Europe, history of England; dissertation, The Negro in Tennessee, 1861-1866: A Socio Military History of the Civil War Era; the M.A. degree in American history and teacher education, University of Arkansas; B.A. degree in history and political science, Arkansas A. M. & N. State College; other courses at Columbia University (undergraduate political science); Tennessee State University (graduate computer science).
Professor Lovett's three most recent books: The African American History of Nashville, 1780-1930: Elites and Dilemmas (University of Arkansas Press, 1999); The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee: a Narrative History (University of Tennessee Press, 2005) won "Tennessee History Book Award" by the Tennessee Library Association and Tennessee Historical Commission; and, How It Came To Be: The Boyd Family's Contribution to African American Publishing from the 19th to the 21st Century (Mega Publishing Co., 2007).
Jon Meacham graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and began his career in journalism at the Chattanooga Times. He went on to join Newsweek magazine as a writer in 1995 and in 2006 he was promoted to editor. Meacham supervises the magazine's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. He has been responsible for covering stories on highly charged issues such as guns in America, race and religion. In addition, Meacham authored the The New York Times best-seller Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and is currently writing a biography on Andrew Jackson and his White House circle.
Marsha Mullin has been with The Hermitage since 1986 and a museum curator since 1976. She holds master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame in American Studies and from Texas Tech University in Museum Studies. Her undergraduate degree in History is from Indiana University. At The Hermitage, she supervises the Museum Services Division (Archaeology, Collections, Education, Interpretation, and Preservation). She co-directed the $2.2 million Hermitage mansion interior restoration project that restored the mansion to the 1837-1845 period. She is the team leader for the The Hermitage's current interpretation and visitor experience project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also co-directs the NEH funded Landmarks of American History teacher training workshops at The Hermitage held in 2004, 2006 and coming up in 2008.
Robert V. Remini was appointed the Historian to the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2005. Remini holds several degrees, including a Ph.D. from Columbia University. A distinguished author, he has written 24 books and is world-renowned for his knowledge on Andrew Jackson. His noted works include 12 books on Andrew Jackson: Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars; Andrew Jackson: A Bibliography, The Jacksonian Era; The Life of Andrew Jackson; Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845; Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom, 1822-1833; The Era of Good Feelings and the Age of Jackson, 1816-1841; Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire, 1767-1821; The Revolutionary Age of Andrew Jackson; Andrew Jackson and the Bank War; Andrew Jackson, and The Election of Andrew Jackson. Remini has won multiple awards including the National Book Award for Non-Fiction in 1984 for the third volume of his study on Andrew Jackson. In addition he has been invited to lecture at the White House, and he has been a member of the Hermitage National Advisory Committee.
Benny Smith is a retired Career Educator and full-blood Cherokee. Smith has extensive knowledge of Cherokee traditions, practices, and customs and of the Cherokee language. He is currently compiling and translating old narratives written in the Cherokee language for the general public. He is also currently working on transcribing Cherokee oral history and legends in order to preserve them for future generations.
Ann Toplovich received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Tennessee Historical Society. Toplovich has long been devoted to the preservation on the history of Tennessee. She has served as the Assistant Commissioner and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at the Tennessee Department of Conservation, a Historic Preservation Specialist at the Tennessee Historical Commission, from 1979 1983 and on the board of advisors for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage committee. She has contributed to several publications on the history of Tennessee and Andrew Jackson including "Preserving Our Stories: 150 Years of the Tennessee Historical Society," Tennessee Historical Quarterly 58, no. 3 (1999), co-authored with F. Lynne Bachleda.
Harry Watson is a well-known historian of the antebellum South, Jacksonian America and the history of North Carolina. He is an alumnus of Brown University and holds several degrees including a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Watson's most recent works include Andrew Jackson Versus Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America and the article "The Common Rights of Mankind: Subsistence, Shad and Commerce in the Early Republic South," published in The Journal of American History 83.
Sean Wilentz has earned a B.A. at Columbia University, a B.A. at Oxford University and a Ph.D. at Yale University. This distinguished scholar has focused his studies on the early years of the nation and Jacksonian democracy. Professor Wilentz has received major accolades and awards for his works including the Bancroft Prize and in 2006, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. Wilentz also achieved notoriety when his article about George W. Bush entitled "The Worst President in History" appeared in and received the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Professor Wilentz is currently writing a biography on Andrew Jackson as part of a series on American Presidents.
Kirsten Wood received her A.B. from Princeton University in 1991 and her Ph.D. from the University in Pennsylvania in 1998. Her interest in the Eaton Affair, sparked during an undergraduate lecture, resulted in her first scholarly publication: an exploration of the ways that notions of gender and women's political influence divided the members of Andrew Jackson's new administration. Delving further into questions of women's influence on self-styled masterful men, she explored slaveholding widows in the early nineteenth century in a prize-winning monograph, Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows in the American Southeast from the Revolution through the Civil War (UNC Press, 2004). Since then, she has turned her attention to taverns following the American Revolution, particularly to taverns' dual function as public gathering places and as homes for their keepers and travelers. She argues that in the early republic, American taverns housed a highly combustible mixture of family life and domesticity with alcohol, vermin, politics, trade, sex, public sociability, commerce, and strangers.
Mary Young graduated from Oberlin College in 1950 with an honors degree in History, and received her Ph.D. from Cornell in 1955, majoring in American history with Paul Wallace Gates. From 1955 to 1973, she taught in the history department of Ohio State University; in 1973 she became professor of history at the University of Rochester.
Her article, " The Creek Frauds: A Study in Conscience and Corruption," won the Pelzer Prize of the OAH for the best article submitted by a graduate student, and the then Mississippi Valley Historical Review published it in 1955. In 1958, the American Historical Review published Young's "Indian Removal and Land Allotment: The Civilized Tribes and Jacksonian Justice," which has been extensively reprinted. Her book, Redskins, Ruffleshirts, and Rednecks: Indian Allotments in Alabama and Mississippi, 1830-1860, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1961. Since then her research and publication has focused on land policy and Indian policy, including numerous articles and chapters dealing with Cherokee cultural change and Cherokee removal.