Heritage Center to host lecture on Jackson

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will hold a community lecture about President Andrew Jackson by Mark Cheathem on Thursdsay, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture being held at the Heritage Center, located at 225 W. College St. in Murfreesboro.

Cheathem’s book, “Andrew Jackson, Southerner” examines Jackson’s Southern identity and how that impacted his personal and professional life. Unlike other historians who view Jackson as a rough Westerner and self-made man, Cheathem’s book argues that he was a part of the Southern elite and a kinship network that assisted his political career.

The book also examines the world of elite Southern gentlemen and describes the values of the class.

Cheathem, an MTSU alumnus, is an associate professor of history at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., and serves as the history program director.

In addition to “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” Cheathem is also the author of “Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson” and editor of “Jacksonian America: People and Perspectives.”

He is presently under contract to author a book about the presidential election of 1840.

Tagged under  Andrew Jackson, Civil War, Heritage Center, History, Literature, Mark Cheathem, Murfreesboro

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