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 for the White House." Since 2004 Feller and his team have published five volumes of the Jackson Papers, covering the presidential years 1829 through 1833. The 1832 volume won the Society for History in the Federal Government's Thomas Jefferson Prize. Feller is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
The causes of the Civil War are still hotly debated, and often deliberately concealed or misrepresented. This talk goes back to the primary sources to explain definitively, in their own words, why southern states seceded from the Union and formed a new Confederacy in 1860-61.