Tennessee Historical Quarterly

Tennessee Historical Quarterly


One of the best state historical journals in the United States, the Tennessee Historical Quarterly is published by the Tennessee Historical Society four times a year. This scholarly, illustrated journal features the finest articles, book reviews, and edited primary materials covering all aspects and periods of Tennessee and southern history.


All members of the Tennessee Historical Society receive a subscription to the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. More than 300 universities, public libraries, museums, and schools also subscribe. To join the THS and get the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, go to Membership.


The Tennessee Historical Society has published a journal since 1896, and the Tennessee Historical Quarterly title began in 1942. 2018 marks the THQ’s 77th year of publication. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly is published with support from the Tennessee Historical Commission.


The Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the other THS journals — Tennessee Historical Magazine (1915-1937) and American Historical Magazine (1896-1904 ) are available in digital format at JSTOR. THS members receive a 50% discount on JSTOR membership, which includes unlimited access to the journals and downloads of up to 120 articles a year. For more information, contact the THS.


For non-members of the THS, limited access to JSTOR materials is available for free through the JSTOR Register and Read program.

Tennessee Historical Quarterly spring cover 2018, Tennessee history, Civil War Tennessee, and Tennessee politics, culture and music.

Spring 2018: The Siege of Chattanooga, Memphis Ax Murders, Prison Privatization, & More

 Dead Animals, Starving Men, and Treacherous Anderson Road: 1863 Siege of Chattanooga
by Phillip Kemmerly


The Malevolent Gods of Hatred: Race, Representation, and the Puryear Ax Murders
by Thomas Aiello


“Because Cheaper Is Better”: 1980s Corrections Policies and Prison Privatization in Tennessee
by Andrew Ringer


Book Reviews

Tennessee Historical Quarterly Fall 2017 cover, Tennessee history, Civil War Tennessee, and Tennessee politics, culture and music.

Fall 2017: Andrew Jackson at 250

Andrew Jackson at 250

by Richard Blackett


Andrew Jackson: A Populist for Our Age

By Joshua A. Lynn


Andrew Jackson’s Populism

By Harry L. Watson


The “Great Depression,” the People’s Bank, and Jacksonian Fiscal Populism in North Carolina, 1819-1833

By Robert Richard


Ambivalence in the Settler Colonial Present: The Legacies of Jacksonian Expansion

By Laurel Clark and Joe Knetsch


From the Money Power to the Antislavery Power: Jacksonian Democracy and White Supremacy after Jackson

By Joshua Lynn


Tennessee History Day Report

Tennessee Historical Quarterly Winter 2017 cover, Tennessee history, Civil War Tennessee, and Tennessee politics, culture, music and more.

Winter 2017: Resistance to Slavery, Preservation of the Hermitage, Sen. Douglas Henry, & More

Resistance to Slavery in Middle Tennessee: Fugitive Slaves, the Underground Railroad, and the Politics of Slavery in the Decade before the Civil War

By Richard J.M. Blackett


The Preservation of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 1856-1889

By Danielle M. Ullrich


The Honorable Douglas Selph Henry, Jr., “Always Kind and True”: A Tribute from the Tennessee Historical Society

Compiled by Ann Toplovich


Book Reviews

The Tennessee Historical Society publishes special issues from time to time. For more information on purchasing any of these issues, email the THS. Discounts available for purchases of 10 or more copies. Postage and sales tax extra.

20th Century Tennessee Artists (Color edition, $15)

Antebellum Tennessee Furniture (Color edition, $15)

Tennessee Silver (Color edition, $10)

Adelicia Acklen & Belmont Mansion (Color edition, $20 — Currently Out of Print, Check in Fall 2018 for More Information)

Tennessee and the War of 1812 ($10)

Battle of Nashville ($10)

Tennessee Portrait Painting (Color edition, limited number available. No discounts. $25)

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For information on submissions to the Tennessee Historical Quarterly or for information on book reviews, email the THQ editor Kristofer Ray or contact him at:


Dr. Kristofer Ray, THQ Editor
P.O. Box 89
Post Mills, VT 05058


Submission Guidelines


To view submission guidelines, click here.


Kristofer Ray, PhD, Independent Scholar


Managing Editor

Ann Toplovich, Tennessee Historical Society



Cameron McDonald


Board of Editorial Advisors

Jonathan Atkins, Berry College

Kevin Barksdale, Marshall University

Richard J. M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University

Beverly Bond, University of Memphis

Carole Stanford Bucy, Volunteer State Community College

Daniel Feller, The University of Tennessee

The Tennessee Historical Society presents the Walter T. Durham Award for Best Article in Tennessee History is awarded on an annual basis for the best essay published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly The award includes a cash prize of $250.


The Walter Durham award was created in 2011 to honor a man who greatly influenced the study of Tennessee history over the last fifty years. He wrote twenty-three monographs and numerous articles on topics ranging from the frontier experience to the complexities of the Civil War to the cultural impact of horse racing in the early 20th century. Until his death earlier this year, he also served as Tennessee State Historian.


Past winners include:


2012 — Susan Abram, Western Carolina University, “‘To Keep Bright the Bonds of Friendship’: The Making of a Cherokee-American Alliance during the Creek War.”


2013 – Bruce Baker, Newcastle College (UK), “The Growth of Towns after the Civil War

and the Casualization of Black Labor, 1865-1880.”


2014 — To be announced.


2015 — To be announced


2016 – To be announced

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