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KNOXVILLE — Andrew Jackson’s presidency has been called both controversial and influential. A leading Jacksonian scholar, Harry L. Watson, will lecture on the president’s policies and their effects on American government on Oct. 24 at the University of Tennessee.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Jacksonian America at the University of Tennessee. Founded in 2005, the Center promotes public education and scholarship on the Jacksonian Era of American history.

The presentation, “Freedom and Majority Rule: Andrew Jackson’s Complex Legacy,” will be at 6:15 p.m. in the Kefauver Room on the second floor of Hoskins Library, 1401 Cumberland Ave.

Watson is a professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He co-edits Southern Cultures, a quarterly journal, and has published numerous scholarly books and articles. His book, “Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America” (1990) has been described as “the most cogent synthesis of Jacksonian politics in a generation of scholarship.” Watson has been a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow, and he lectures widely in the United States and abroad.

Watson’s lecture is free and open to the public and parking is available at the University Center garage, one block south on Phillip Fulmer Way.

For more information about this event or about the Center for Jacksonian America, contact Daniel Feller, UT history professor and director of the center, at 865-974-7077 or


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,