KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee has published the latest volume of President Andrew Jackson’s correspondence.
The papers compiled by history professor Daniel Feller focus on the tumultuous year 1831 and include documents from the National Archives, various other libraries and some previously unseen records held in private hands.
The ninth volume of papers details the “Petticoat Affair,” a scandal involving the wife of Jackson’s secretary of war that caused the president to demand the resignation of his entire cabinet. It also details Jackson’s hostile relationship with Vice President John C. Calhoun, the president’s infamous Indian removal policy and the public reaction to the Nat Turner slave rebellion.
The papers also reveal that Jackson anonymously wrote newspaper editorials in favor of his policies and tell the story of Jackson’s hatred for fellow Tennessean Davy Crockett.