The Papers of Andrew JacksonDan FellerCollege of Arts and Sciences - Department of History
The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a UT project to publish Andrew Jackson's entire extant literary record in a chronological series of volumes. Now working in Jackson’s presidential years, the project is unearthing material that sheds new light on Jackson’s notorious Indian policy, his famous war against the banks, his path-setting presidential vetoes, and his “spoils system” of executive patronage. The latest volume tells the full story of the “Eaton affair”—a sex scandal that tore apart Jackson’s family and cabinet, prompted him to compare his vice president to Satan, and ended with high government officers gunning for each other in the streets of Washington, DC. The Jackson volumes furnish essential information to historians, biographers, news writers, filmmakers, and Broadway playwrights. Along the way, the project has also solved mysteries, exposed forgeries, and helped to catch thieves. Its work has been featured on primetime television and in internationally syndicated news stories.