NPR's Morning Edition; author forthcoming Jacksonland:

Why the Story of Jackson and the Cherokees Is More Relevant Than Ever — People have been asking why I wanted to write about Andrew Jackson and the Cherokees. To be more precise, they ask: Why did you want to write about that? My day job is to write not history but "the first draft of history," which is what people sometimes call the news.

Steve Inskeep - Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab — In his second book, Inskeep, long-time NPR Morning Edition co-host, award-winning investigative journalist, and author of Instant City , gives events of the 1820s and '30s the immediacy of today's headlines. 1828 saw the elections of Andrew Jackson as president and John Ross as tribal chief of the Cherokee.

Women's Movement, Circa 1830 — Andrew Jackson broadened American democracy with his election as President in 1828. No man from such humble beginnings had ever become chief executive. Jacksonland shows how his opponents broadened democratic participation too. This image, taken at the National Archives, shows the cover of an 1831 petition to Congress.

Steve Inskeep: NPR Host and Author — Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men-President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross-who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy.

John Ross and Andrew Jackson — General Andrew Jackson, as painted by the artist Rembrandt Peale after his victories at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and New Orleans during the War of 1812. John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828 until his death in 1866. Ross is one of the two main characters of Jacksonland.

Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland' — President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab Hardcover, 421 pages | purchase The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British - and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

Mapping Jacksonland — This is Jacksonland, former Indian territory obtained by Andrew Jackson through treaties and wars between 1814 and 1838. Jackson sought to resolve a conflict of the early American republic: the same land was represented on two different and mutually exclusive maps. There was a white man's map and an Indian map.

Steve Inskeep: NPR Host and Author — I've been posting images - past and present - of the landscape of Jacksonland . It's the story of Andrew Jackson, the war hero and president who captured vast Indian lands, and John Ross, the Cherokee chief who used America's emerging democracy to oppose him.

"These parts are little known" — A 1799 map of what is now Alabama, and what was then western Georgia. The same map clarifies that it is the territory not of Georgia, but of the Muskogee or Creek Nation. This old map (reproduced in full in a 1941 book by Ralph Henry Gabriel) makes it clear that Americans were laying claim [...]

What an Indian Chief Did at the Indian Queen Hotel — This is the Indian Queen Hotel, also known as Brown's Hotel, a prominent address in 1830's Washington, D.C. The name suggested the way that Indian themes spread throughout American culture, even as actual Indians were being pushed to the margins. In early 1834 the Indian Queen provided lodging to an actual Indian: John Ross, principal [...]
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May 22, 2015

RT @grahambuck: @NPRinskeep I keep waiting for character interviews and background crowd noise. Oh right, this isn't your day job…

May 22, 2015

RT @adamnagourney: Count Hillary Clinton's '08 campaign manager, Patti Doyle, worried about Marco Rubio as potential foe: @jwpetersNYT

May 22, 2015

RT @Delbaum: @kmuskiewicz @NPRinskeep One day soon, I will use a Harriet Tubman 20 dollar bill to pay for this very interesting looking book

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