The Age of Jackson Podcast is an educational show designed for laypeople, students, teachers, and scholars of the Early American Republic. As the name suggests, the podcast is devoted to the Age of Jackson, commonly known as the Jacksonian era and the Antebellum period (ca.1815 – ca.1845).
This time of American history is not only one of the most transformative and important, it is also one of the most interesting! It features the legacy of the Revolution; the invention of political parties; capitalist transformation; the spread of evangelical Christianity; the birth of unorthodox religious movements and communities; antebellum reform efforts; changing conceptions of gender, sex, and family; westward expansion; Indian resistance and removal; abolitionism and slave revolts; sectionalism and the brewing Civil War (just to name a few topics!).
Every week, the podcast will feature interviews with some of the top experts working in the field. This podcast hopes to recapture some of the spirit of the age in discussing the Jacksonian period’s history and legacy – all for your educational benefit!
The host of the Age of Jackson Podcast, Daniel N. Gullotta, is a historian of religion, particularly interested in the history of North American Christianity and Biblical interpretation. He is currently a Doctor of Philosophy student in Religious Studies at Stanford University, specializing in Early Modern North American Christianity.
His scholarship, for the most part, is focused on 18th and 19th century American Christianity. Some of his interests include Joseph Smith and early Mormonism, American witchcraft and occult traditions, Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, and the reception of the Bible within North American scholarship and popular culture. He has also done extensive research in the field of Christian origins.
He is a graduate of Yale University’s Divinity School, in the Master of Arts in Religion program, with a concentration in the History of Christianity. He also holds a Master of Theological Studies (specializing in Biblical Studies) from the Australian Catholic University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology with Honors from the University of Newcastle. He received his undergraduate education and Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (majoring in Biblical Studies) through Charles Sturt University.