Andrew Jackson at Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2003) - Florida
Southern College's Center for Florida History welcomes Drs. David
S. and Jeanne T. Heidler, history professors, to the Florida Lecture
Series Oct. 9. The Heidlers will discuss "Old Hickory's War: Andrew
Jackson and the First Seminole War," from their book, "Old Hickory's
War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire (Baton Rouge: Louisiana
State University Press, 2002). The lecture will start at 7 p.m.
in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus, and a book signing
follows the presentation. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"David and Jeanne Heidler's work on Andrew Jackson and the events
surrounding the First Seminole War and the U. S. acquisition of
Florida will astonish and dismay those who look upon Old Hickory
in romantic terms," stated James M. Denham, director of the Center
for Florida History and professor of history. "Few figures evoke
as much controversy as the Tennessean whose image casts a long shadow
over Florida's early years as a U. S. territory. It will be an interesting
The Heidlers received their PhDs at Auburn University where they
met and married as graduate students. After a decade of teaching
in the Maryland university system, they relocated to Colorado where
Mrs. Heidler is a professor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
For several years, Mr. Heidler was scholar-in-residence at the University
of Southern Colorado, and he currently conducts distance-learning
classes for the school's history department. The Heidlers have collaborated
on numerous projects, including editing "The War of 1812, An Encyclopedia"
(1997), "Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War" (1999), and "Encyclopedia
of the American Civil War: A Social, Political, and Military History,"
which recently received the Society for Military History's Distinguished
Book award for 2003. Along with "Old Hickory's War," the Heidlers
have also coauthored "The War of 1812" (2002) and "Manifest Destiny"
(2003). They are currently completing a study of Andrew Jackson's
role in shaping American identity as well as a social history of
the early republic.
About the Florida Lecture Series
The Florida Lecture Series is produced by the Center for Florida
History and sponsored by the FSC Alumni Association, the Robert
and Rose Stahl Criminology Lecture Series, and the Robert W. and
Susan E. McKnight Political Affairs Lecture Series. The program
brings speakers to the Lakeland campus who approach the issue of
"Florida Life and Culture" from a wide range of disciplines, including
history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology,
literature, music and art. Its overall objective is to create an
opportunity for members of the community, faculty, and student body
to listen to, interact with and learn from leading scholars and
specialists of the state's history and culture.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.