Part One: The Battle of New Orleans was one of the most shocking upsets in world military history. It humiliated the British Army (which had just defeated Napoleon), elevated Andrew Jackson to national prominence, and gave Tennesseans a reputation for toughness that we STILL have, 207 years later! But exactly what happened at Chalmette on January 8, 1815 – a day all Americans used to celebrate as a holiday? It’s too far to drive, so Amanda Stedman of Chalmette National Battlefield will do the presentation from afar.
Part Two: From 1796 until the 1830s, Tennessee WAS the west. What was Tennessee like then? History Bill has a presentation that covers Tennessee’s long-vanished iron industry; the most notorious slave trader in American history; the man who raced back from Philadelphia and made a killing off cotton prices; the ugly process under which Nashville became the state capital; the man who survived a lynch mob in Nashville and went on to discover “Buffalo” Bill Cody; and more.