Daniel Feller is a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, a professor of history, and the editor and director 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.
Few episodes in American history inspire more bitterness and misgiving today than Indian removal and the Cherokee Trail of Tears. This talk explains what happened and why, and offers a reassessment of Andrew Jackson's personal role and responsibility.