The staff of the Papers of Andrew Jackson has just published the ninth volume of the papers of Andrew Jackson, the Tennessee president who was a defining figure in antebellum America.
The Jackson Papers project is now engaged with the heart of its series, documenting Jackson’s tumultuous two-term presidency. The first presidential volume (Volume 7: 1829) was published in 2007, and the second (Volume 8: 1830) in 2010. Volume 9, covering 1831, has just been published by the University of Tennessee Press. At 987 pages, it is the largest and most significant so far. Highlights include Jackson’s implementation of his notorious Indian removal policy, and explosive quarrels within his administration that set Cabinet members gunning for each other in the streets and led Jackson to dub his vice-president, John C. Calhoun, an agent of Satan. The project is already well at work on the next volume which will cover 1832, the year of the Bank Veto and the nullification crisis.
Support for this project comes from the University of Tennessee, and funds from a $300,000 NEH grant, the largest grant ever received by the project, and the second largest outright grant awarded to any project in the country under the NEH’s Scholarly Editions aWeek nd Translations program. The project also receives a $90,000 annual grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (an arm of the National Archives in Washington), and a smaller stipend from the Tennessee Historical Commission, a state agency in Nashville.
The project staff consists of editor/director Daniel Feller, who is also professor of history and director of the Center for Jacksonian America, and associate editors Thomas Coens (PhD, Harvard) and Laura-Eve Moss (PhD, Connecticut). Coens and Moss are research associate professors of history and have been with the project since it entered its presidential phase in 2004.