Gene Allen Smith
Director, Center for Texas Studies at TCU
Curator of History, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Specialization: Early American,
Maritime, & American Naval
The Study of History renders "the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future;" (274) Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82.
Born and raised in
Gene's major publications
include the following books: The
Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2013); Nexus of
Empire: Negotiating Loyalty and
Identity in the Revolutionary Borderlands, 1760s-1820s (University
Press of Florida, 2010); A British
Eyewitness at the Battle of New Orleans: The Memoir of Royal Navy Admiral
Robert Aitchison, 1808-1827 (Historic New Orleans
Collection, 2004); Thomas
ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of
Manifest Destiny (Naval Institute Press, 2000); a revised and updated
edition of Arsène Lacarrière
Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana, 1814-15: With an Atlas
(The Historic New Orleans Collection and the University Press of Florida,
and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821, with Frank L.
Owsley, Jr., (University of Alabama Press, 1997); Iron
and Heavy Guns: Duel Between the "Monitor" and "Merrimac",
(McWhiney Foundation Press, 1996); and, "For
the Purpose of Defense": The Politics of the Jeffersonian Gunboat Program
(University of Delaware Press, 1995). He is presently working on a study of the
Battle of New Orleans, as well as an American military history textbook.
Additionally, Gene has received internal research awards from Montana State
University-Billings and TCU, as well as fellowships from the Henry E.
Huntington Library, the Virginia Historical Society, the U.S. Department of the
Navy, the U.S. Military Academy at
Gene is an active member of several organizations, most notably the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic-currently acting as the organization's Treasurer-and the North American Society for Oceanic History. He is also the co-editor of the Naval Institute Press’s book series “New Perspective on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology,” and editor of the University Press of Florida book series “Contested Boundaries.” Married to Tracy, they have one son and two dogs (Mini & Archie); Gene's hobbies include watching sports (since I am no longer able to participate), cooking (as I still like to eat), traveling, and gardening.