Jackson’s Library Card Virtual Book Club

Readers ages 16 and older are invited to join Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for a monthly virtual book club! Grab a snack and your favorite beverage for an hour-long virtual meet-up with fellow readers. Discuss that month’s selection, ask questions and get to know that book on a deeper level. Meetings will happen the first Tuesday of the month.

Books will be chosen quarterly and will include historical and modern works in both fiction and nonfiction. This is a fun way to engage with fellow readers worldwide. We look forward to diving in with you!

Reading List

February 7, 2023: The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America by Joshua D. Rothman.

Isaac Franklin, John Armistead and Rice Ballard operated the most lucrative slave-dealing businesses in the United States. Instead of leaving these men hidden behind more notable slaveowners in the nation, Rothman brings them forward to explore how they controlled the spread of enslaved population, shaped the sociocultural forces of the slave-holding South and influenced national economy. Connections between these three men and some prominent modern-day organizations demonstrate the longevity of the influence of slavery on American life. Books can be purchased from most online retailers, including The Hermitage’s Museum Store. Audiobook is available through Audible, and a Kindle version is also available. Libraries are adding this title to their collections.

March 7, 2023: Andrew Jackson in Florida by James G. Cusick and Sherry Johnson, Editors.

Andrew Jackson’s military and political careers are deeply entwined in the acquisition of Florida Territory. Join us for an exploration of his work there through this collection of scholarly perspectives written for the Florida Historical Quarterly and published by the Florida Historical Society Press. The book can be purchased directly from the FHS Press or through most major booksellers. Currently there is neither a Kindle nor Audible version.

April 4, 2023: William Bartram: Travels and Other Writings by William Bartram.

Before the famed careers of naturalist John James Audubon or the explorations of the Corps of Discovery, William Bartram was making a study of American birds, plants, landscapes, and people. He journaled his trips through the Carolinas, Georgia, and the Floridas, providing many Americans with their first look at the rich natural world of North America. His descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the tropical swamps of Florida, as well as the Cherokee, Choctaw, and Creek Nations, fed expansionist dreams both in North America and in Europe. The book is available through all major booksellers and all public libraries. A free ebook can be accessed at Project Gutenberg.

*The book uses a variety of titles, including Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws.

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