Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

10/1/2012 - 9/30/2015

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$300,000.00 (awarded)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson: A Documentary Edition

FAIN: RQ-50628-12

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
Daniel Feller (Project Director: December 2011 to June 2016)

The preparation for publication of volumes 9 and 10 of the papers of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), 7th president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a scholarly editing project to collect and publish the extant literary record of the seventh president. The project has conducted an exhaustive worldwide search for documents and produced a comprehensive microfilm with accompanying hardbound Guide and Index, now posted online. It is now publishing a 17-volume printed edition, the heart of which will be the eight presidential volumes. This grant will support completion of the third through fifth presidential volumes, Volumes 9 through 11 in the series, covering the years 1831 through 1833. Including many previously unknown documents, fully annotated and indexed, these volumes will provide an authoritative record of Jackson's presidency and advance scholarship on a broad range of related subjects. A contract has been signed to place the volumes online.

Associated Products

The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume IX, 1831 (Book)
Title: The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume IX, 1831
Author: Andrew Jackson
Editor: Erik B. Alexander
Editor: Daniel Feller
Editor: Laura-Eve Moss
Editor: Thomas Coens
Abstract: This volume presents more than five hundred original documents, many newly discovered, from Andrew Jackson’s third presidential year. They include Jackson’s private memoranda, intimate family letters, and correspondence with government and military officers, diplomats, Indians, political friends and foes, and ordinary citizens throughout the country. In 1831 Jackson finally cleared his contentious Cabinet, reluctantly accepting the resignations of Martin Van Buren and John Eaton and demanding that the other members follow. But in the aftermath, animosities among them boiled over, as Eaton sought duels with outgoing secretaries Samuel Ingham and John Berrien. The affair ended with gangs of armed high-government officers stalking each other in the Washington streets, and with Ingham publicly accusing Jackson of countenancing a plot to assassinate him. Meanwhile, Jackson pursued his feud with Vice-President John C. Calhoun, whom he had come to view as the diabolical manipulator of all his enemies. Enlisting a favorite Supreme Court justice to gather evidence, Jackson crafted an exposition, intended for publication, that leveled nearly fantastic charges against Calhoun and others. Through all this, the business of government ploughed on. Jackson pursued his drive to remove the Cherokees and other Indians west of the Mississippi and to undercut tribal leaders who dared resist. To squelch sectional controversy, Jackson moved to retire the national debt and reduce the tariff, while reiterating his ban on nullification and his opposition to the Bank of the United States. Nat Turner’s Virginia slave revolt in August drew a quick administration response. By year’s end, the dust over the Cabinet implosion was settling, as Jackson prepared to stand for reelection against his old nemesis Henry Clay. Embracing all these stories and many more, this volume offers a window not only into Andrew Jackson and his presidency but into America itself in 1831.
Year: 2013
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Access Model: Book
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Type: Scholarly Edition
ISBN: 9781621900047
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes