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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program features 185 speakers with expertise in African American history and more than 400 lecture titles on subjects including race, slavery, civil rights, and the Civil War.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers can be scheduled virtually or in-person to headline special events and to bring context to today's most important issues.

 

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Featured Lecturer

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Daniel Feller

Daniel Feller is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and Editor/Director Emeritus of the Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. His books include The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics (1984), The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840 (1995), and an annotated abridgement of Harriet Martineau's Retrospect of Western Travel (2000). He was the lead scholar for the PBS biography "Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency" and has been featured on television series "History Detectives," "Ten Things You Don't Know About," "Who Do You Think You Are?," and CNN's "Race...
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Featured Lecture

Andrew Jackson in the Age of Trump

Both President Donald Trump and his severest critics touted his resemblance to President Andrew Jackson, although for nearly opposite reasons. While the president and his acolytes celebrated Jackson’s swaggering nationalism and insurgent populism, opponents condemned his chauvinism, xenophobia, bigotry, and racism. Thus Jackson became the vehicle to propagate dueling images of America’s historical legacy and national character. Yet neither portrait bore much resemblance to the real Jackson. Looking at Jackson’s actual record can restore some balance to our understanding and some humility to our judgments. Further, pondering how and why our recent debate distorted Jackson for contemporary ends can provide some cautionary lessons about the uses and misuses of history.

"Donald Trump invited us to view him through the lens of Andrew Jackson. We have gone him one better, or perhaps one worse. We now see Andrew Jackson through the lens of Donald Trump."