Monthly Archives: December 2017

REBROADCAST – 024 – The New Year’s Levee

As the world rings in a new year, I bring you this episode originally released on New Year’s Day 2017 for a look back on early American traditions with a focus on a New Year’s tradition from days gone by: the Presidential New Year’s Day Reception. From the very beginning to the last one in the 20th century, I examine how different presidents both before and after Harrison approached the event and what it meant for a nation working to develop its own identity after independence. For source notes and additional information, please visit

Featured image: The White House, c. 1846, by John Plumbe Jr, courtesy of the Library of Congress and Wikipedia

047 – Source Notes

Audio editing for this episode by Andrew Pfannkuche

  • Bassett, John Spencer, ed. Correspondence of Andrew Jackson: Volume VI, 1839-1845. Washington, DC: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1933.
  • Cleaves, Freeman. Old Tippecanoe: William Henry Harrison and His Time. Newtown, CT: American Political Biography Press, 2010 [1939].
  • Goebel, Dorothy Burne. William Henry Harrison: A Political Biography. Philadelphia, PA: Porcupine Press, 1974 [1926].
  • Green, James A. William Henry Harrison: His Life and Times. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, 1941.
  • Gunderson, Robert Gray. The Log-Cabin Campaign. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977 [1957].
  • Harrison, William Henry. “16 June 1834, To George Poindexter.” Reel 2. William Henry Harrison Papers. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
  • Harrison, William Henry. “Inaugural Address,” March 4, 1841. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
  • Jackson, Andrew. “17 Feb 1841, to Amos Kendall.” Reel 53, Andrew Jackson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC..
  • Landry, Jerry. Harrison Podcast. 2016.
  • Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842: Revised Edition. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1991 [1967].
  • Nagel, Paul C. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1997.
  • Picone, Louis L. Where the Presidents Were Born: The History and Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2012.
  • Remini, Robert V. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire 1767-1821. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
  • Remini, Robert V. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.
  • Shafer, Ronald G. The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2016.

047 – Old Hickory and Old Tip

Andrew Jackson by James Tooley Jr [c. 1840], courtesy of Wikipedia
Though never personal, throughout the course of the early 19th century, Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison found their lives intertwined for decades, through war and peace. Though they often found themselves in competition, there were also some rare instances where they could be found on the same side, and the story of their relationship over time provides much insight about the antebellum period of American history. Source information for this episode can be found at

046 – Pictures

Clemson, Photo by Alex Slawson


John C Calhoun by Mathew Brady [c. 1849], courtesy of Wikipedia
Fort Hill Entrance, Photo by Jerry Landry


Fort Hill Kitchen, Photo by Jerry Landry


Fort Hill Plantation Office, Photo by Jerry Landry


Fort Hill Well, Photo by Jerry Landry


Me outside of Fort Hill (please note the Tippecanoe and Tyler Too T-shirt), Photo by Alex Slawson



“Death Valley”, Photos by Jerry Landry


046 – Fort Hill and Beethoven’s Crazy Racist Cousin

Join me on a tour of Fort Hill, the home of John C Calhoun who served as the 7th vice president. Even more so than many of Harrison and Clay’s other contemporaries, Calhoun leaves a difficult legacy for students of history to consider as his concepts of nullification, states’ rights, and slavery as a ‘positive good’ were key justifications to lead the Southern states to secede and form the Confederacy just over a decade after Calhoun’s death, and Calhoun’s ideas and the events that they inspired continue to have an impact on the present day. The historic site provides great insight into Calhoun’s domestic situation and about the enslaved people whose lives Calhoun held in his hands, both as a slave owner and as a national leader.

Pictures from the trip can be located at

The campus map can be located at the following link:


  • “Fort Hill Home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.” Clemson University, Department of Historic Properties. Pamphlet.
  • “Fort Hill Plantation c. 1803.” Clemson University, Department of Historic Properties. Pamphlet.
  • “The African-American Experience at Fort Hill.” Clemson University, Department of Historic Properties. Pamphlet.