Monday, January 27, 2014

[332] ‘MTSU On the Record’ takes new look at ‘Old Hickory’ with MTSU alumnus

MURFREESBORO — A historical account that scrutinizes the life of Andrew Jackson from a Southern perspective is the topic on the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Mark Cheathem, author of “Andrew Jackson, Southerner,” will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Cheathem, an MTSU alumnus and associate professor of history at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., looks at the seventh president of the United States much as he saw himself, as an elite gentleman planter who held to concepts of chivalry and honor consistent with Old South values.

‘I think he’s shaped by his background, but he also shaped the South,” said Cheathem. “To me the clearest example of that is his expansion of manifest destiny into the Southeast. By removing Native American tribes, he creates a regional vacuum, a land vacuum in the South that becomes the cradle of the cotton kingdom.”

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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