I'm sure my first exposure to Andrew Jackson was via Johnny Horton's version of "The Battle of New Orleans," although, to tell you the truth, I was more interested in the alligator in the song than in Old Hickory himself. Before I went poking around youtube for either a clip by Horton or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to use, I'd not known that Dolly Parton had ever covered the song--and Dolly in period clothing makes tonight's drawing much more festive, don't you think?
I want to thank Kathleen McAuliffe at Random House and Dorothy Thompson at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for providing me with copies of Jon Meacham's American Lion to give away and for giving me a reason to ask everyone for their favorite historical biographies. I'll be posting the list of favorites tomorrow.
I was a little worried that Claudius would not enter into the proper spirit of the drawing--he's a highly suspicious cat and might well have concluded that folded slips of paper were to be avoided at all costs--but a little catnip helped, and he's on the floor continuing to roll on the losing entries as I type.
The winners are:
Congratulations! I'll get the books in the mail as soon as you send me your mailing address.