Tag Archives: Tennessee politics

President Andrew Jackson’s rise from the Waxhaws

The Waxhaws was the scene of prolonged white-Indian violence that had largely ended by the time Jackson was born. While periodic conflict occurred in the area, Jackson was not subjected to a violent childhood that produced a lifelong hatred of Native Americans. He grew up, however, around relatives and neighbors who certainly would have conveyed their experiences to him.

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The idol of the frontier people

Please welcome guest author Gordon Belt. Belt is the Director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and past president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. In the following piece, from his Posterity Project blog, Belt explores the work of fiction writer James Roberts Gilmore, “who endeavored to cross over into the […]

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Knoxville’s Red Summer of 1919

It wasn’t the only American city simmering with race riots in that ‘Red Summer’ of 1919. But Knoxville, TN up till that time had always prided itself as a model southern city when it came to race relations. That civic image changed dramatically starting on August 30, when an intruder shot and killed Mrs. Bertie […]

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