Dr. Mark Cheathem, Professor of History at Cumberland, recently spoke about his book Andrew Jackson, Southerner at the Library of Congress and is now available on C-Span. His book is a reassessment of President Jackson as a man who owned over 200 hundred slaves, married into an exclusive social order in Nashville, and headed a local militia; all qualifications for success in 19th century Southern culture.
A Cumberland graduate, Dr. Cheathem obtained his M.A. in history from Middle Tennessee State University in and his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University. He served as an assistant professor of history at Southern New Hampshire University from 2004 to 2008 before returning to his undergraduate alma mater as an associate professor of history. Now a professor of history, Cheathem also serves as history program chair.
Dr. Cheathem teaches a variety of courses, including courses on Jacksonian America, the Civil War, the Old South, African-American history, presidential history, the history of American conspiracy theories, and historical methods.