This online presentation features rare images of Jackson as a hero from his victories over the British and Creeks during the War of 1812, as well as political broadsides depicting him as a villain. Letters show his fiery temper and sense of honor that won him devoted friends and bitter enemies. Other documents reveal the ideology behind the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast and lesser known aspects of Jackson’s life such as family, land speculation, and plantation ownership. The 1820s through the 1840s have become known as the Age of Jackson.
The text of "A History of Tennessee", written by Dr. Wayne C. Moore, is taken from the TENNESSEE BLUE BOOK. The history of the state is reviewed in a the following sections: The Land and Native People; Struggle for the Frontier; From Territory to Statehood; Tennessee's Coming of Age; The Age of Jackson; The Time of Troubles; Reconstruction and Rebuilding; Early Twentieth Century; and Modern Tennessee.
James Knox Polk (1795-1849) served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835-1839), Governor of Tennessee (1839-1841), and the 11th President of the United States (1845-1849). This digital collection highlights the people and events which shaped this Tennessean, known as the most effective president prior to the Civil War. Containing correspondence, political cartoons, photographs, and other items, the collection is ongoing and will be expanded as more items are digitized.
April 1, 2017 - Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures. The former United States president is celebrated for his popularity with common folk and his military skills, but reviled for his headstrong temperament and his troubling relations with Native Americans.