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Ben Franklin's World Podcast

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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.


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126 Rebecca Brannon, The Reintegration of American Loyalists


Tue, Mar 21, 2017


What happened to the loyalists who stayed in the United States after the War for Independence?

After the war, 60,000 loyalists and 15,000 slaves evacuated the United States. But thousands more opted to remain in the new nation.

Rebecca Brannon, an Associate Professor of History at James Madison University and author of From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of South Carolina Loyalists, joins us to explore what happened to the loyalists who stayed.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/126

 

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125 Terri Snyder, Death, Suicide, and Slavery in British North America


Tue, Mar 14, 2017


Early America was a diverse place. It contained many different people who had many different traditions that informed how they lived…and died.

How did early Americans understand death? What did they think about suicide?

Terri Snyder, a Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton and author of The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America, helps us answer these questions, and more, as she takes us on an exploration of slavery and suicide in British North America.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/125

 

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124 James Alexander Dun, Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America


Tue, Mar 07, 2017


What did the American Revolution mean and achieve? What sort of liberty and freedom did independence grant Americans and which Americans should receive them?

Americans grappled with these questions soon after the American Revolution. They debated these issues during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, in the first congresses, and as they followed events in revolutionary France and Haiti during the 1790s and early 1800s.

James Alexander Dun, an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and author of Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America, joins us to explore the ways the Haitian Revolution shaped how Americans viewed their own revolution.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/124

 

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123: Revolutionary Allegiances (Doing History Rev)


Tue, Feb 28, 2017


In December 1773, the Cape Cod Tea Crisis revealed that the people of “radical” Massachusetts were far from united in their support for the American Revolution. An observation that leads us to wonder: How many Americans supported the Patriot cause?

In this episode we speak with four scholars to explore the complexities of political allegiance during the American Revolution.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/123

 

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The mission of episodes in the “Doing History: To the Revolution” series is to ask not just “what is the history of the American Revolution?” but “what are the histories of the American Revolution?”

Episodes in this series will air beginning in September 2017.

The “Doing History” series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Be sure to check out “Doing History” season 1: “Doing History: How Historians Work.”

 

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122 Andrew O'Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America


Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Did the Americans win the War for Independence? Or did the British simply lose the war?

The history of the American War for Independence is complicated. And history books tell many different versions of the event, which is why we need an expert to guide us through the intricacies of whether we should look at the war as an American victory, a British defeat, or in some other light.

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, author of The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, joins us to explore British viewpoints of the American War for Independence.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/122

 

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121 Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World


Tue, Feb 14, 2017


The Spanish, French, and English played large roles in the origins of colonial America. But so too did the Dutch. During the 17th century, they had a “moment" in which they influenced European colonization and development of the Atlantic World.

Wim Klooster, a Professor of History at Clark University and author of The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic World, guides us through Dutch contributions to the Atlantic World.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/121

 

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120 Marcia Zug, A History of Mail Order Brides in Early America


Tue, Feb 07, 2017


How do you build colonies without women?

Most of the colonial adventurers from England and France who set out for Jamestown, New France, and colonial Louisiana were men. But how do you build and sustain societies and spread European culture—in essence, fulfill the promises of a colonial program—without women?

You can’t. Which is why Marcia Zug, a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina Law School and author of Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail Order Matches, joins us to explore one of the solutions that England and France used to build their North American colonies: mail order bride programs.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/120

 

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119 Steve Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration


Tue, Jan 31, 2017


On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia moved that the Second Continental Congress resolve “that these United Colonies are, and of right out to be, free and independent States…”

The Second Continental Congress adopted Lee’s motion and on June 11, 1776, it appointed a committee to draft a declaration of independence.

Today, Steve Pincus, the Bradford Durfee Professor of History at Yale University and author of The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government, leads us on an investigation of the Declaration of Independence and the context in which the founders drafted it.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/119

 

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118 Christy Clark-Pujara, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island


Tue, Jan 24, 2017


How did the smallest colony and smallest state in the union became the largest American participant in the slave trade?

Christy Clark-Pujara, an Assistant Professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island, joins us to explore the history of Rhode Island and New England’s involvement with slavery.

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117 Annette Gordon-Reed, The Life and Ideas of Thomas Jefferson


Tue, Jan 17, 2017


Thomas Jefferson wrote about liberty and freedom and yet owned over six hundred slaves during his lifetime.

He’s a founder who many of us have a hard time understanding.

This why we need an expert to lead us through his life, so we can better understand who Jefferson was and how he came to his seemingly paradoxical ideas about slavery and freedom.

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of history and legal history at Harvard University and the winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for her work on Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings Family, leads us on an exploration through the life and ideas of Thomas Jefferson.?

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116 Erica Charters, Disease & The Seven Years' War


Tue, Jan 10, 2017


When we think of the French and Indian, or Seven Years’ War, we often think of battles: The Monongahela, Ticonderoga, Qu?bec. Yet, wars aren’t just about battles. They’re about people and governments too.

In this episode, we explore a very different aspect of the French and Indian or Seven Years’ War. We explore the war through the lens of disease and medicine and how disease prompted the British government to take steps to keep its soldiers healthy.

Our guide for this investigation is Erica Charters, an Associate Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Oxford and author of Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of British Armed Forces during the Seven Years’ War.

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115 Andrew Torget, The Early American History of Texas


Tue, Jan 03, 2017


Like many states in the south and west, Texas has an interesting early American past that begins with Native American settlement followed by Spanish colonization. It's also a state that was an independent nation before being admitted to the United States.

Today we explore Texas’ intriguing early American history with Andrew Torget, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas and author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/115

 

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Bonus: Lonnie Bunch, History & Historians in the Public (Doing History)


Fri, Dec 30, 2016


Throughout the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series we’ve explored how historians find and research historical topics, how they identify and read historical sources for information, and how they publish their findings so others can know what they know about the past.

But not all historians work to publish their findings about history in books and articles. Some historians work to convey knowledge about history to the public in public spaces and in public ways.

Therefore, we conclude the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series with a look at how historians do history for the public with guest historian Lonnie Bunch, the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

About the Series

Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.

Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

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114 Karin Wulf, The History of Genealogy (Doing History)


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


History has a history and genealogy has a history. And the histories of both affect how and why we study the past and how we understand and view it.

Today, we explore why it’s important for us to understand that the practices and processes of history and genealogy have histories by exploring what the history of genealogy reveals about the early American past.

Our guide for this exploration is Karin Wulf, a Professor of History at the College of William & Mary and the Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

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Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.

Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/114

 

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113 Brian Murphy, Building the Empire State


Tue, Dec 20, 2016


After seven, long years of occupation, Americans found New York City in shambles after the British evacuation on November 25, 1783.

Ten to twenty-five percent of the city had burned in 1776. The British used just about every building that remained to billet officers, soldiers, refugees, and their horses. Plus more refugees and animals crammed into vacant lots, streets, and alleyways. New York City stood in need of a lot of repair.

Which raises the question: How did New Yorkers rebuild New York City? Where did they get the money to rebuild, improve, and encourage the economic development that would transform the city into the thriving metropolis and economic hub that it would be come?

Brian Murphy, an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark, takes us through part of this amazing story with details from his book Building the Empire State: Political Economy in the Early Republic.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/113

 

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112 Mary Beth Norton, The Tea Crisis of 1773 (Doing History Revolution)


Tue, Dec 13, 2016


On December 16, 1773, the colonists of Boston threw 342 chests of English East India Company tea into Boston Harbor, an act we remember as the “Boston Tea Party.”

Have you ever wondered what drove the Bostonians to destroy the tea? Or whether they considered any other less destructive options for their protest?

Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at Cornell University, takes us through the Tea Crisis of 1773.

 

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Episodes in the “Doing History: To the Revolution” series explore the American Revolution and how what we know about it and how our view of it has changed over time.

Episodes will air in 2017.

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111 Jonathan Eacott, India in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-1830


Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Neither colonial North America nor the United States developed apart from the rest of the world. Since their founding, both the colonies and the United States have participated in the politics, economics, and cultures of the Atlantic World.

And every so often, the politics, economics, and cultures of lands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans intersected with and influenced those of the Atlantic World. That’s why today, we’re going to explore the origins of the English trade with India and how that trade connected and intersected with the English North American colonies.

Our guide for this investigation is Jonathan Eacott, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside and author of Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-1830.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/111

 

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110 Joshua Taylor, How Genealogists Research (Doing History)


Tue, Nov 29, 2016


History tells us who we are and how we came to be who we are.

Like history, genealogy studies people. It’s a field of study that can tell us who we are in a more exact sense by showing us how our ancestral lines connect from one generation to the next.

In this episode of the “Doing History: How Historians Work” seres, we investigate the world of genealogical research with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist.

 

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/110

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Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.

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109 John Dixon, The American Enlightenment & Cadwallader Colden


Tue, Nov 22, 2016


We’ve heard that the American Revolution took place during a period called “the Enlightenment.” But what was the Enlightenment?

Was it an intellectual movement? A social movement? A scientific movement?

Today, John Dixon, an Assistant Professor of History at CUNY-College of Staten Island, leads us on an exploration of the Enlightenment by taking us through the life of Cadwallader Colden, the subject of his book The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden: Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/109

 

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108 Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright


Tue, Nov 15, 2016


Colonial America comprised many different cultural and political worlds. Most colonial Americans inhabited just one world, but today, we’re going to explore the life of a woman who lived in THREE colonial American worlds: Frontier New England, Northeastern Wabanaki, and Catholic New France.

Ann Little, an Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University and the author of The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, leads us through the remarkable life of Esther Wheelwright, a woman who experienced colonial America as a Puritan New English girl, Wabanaki daughter, and Ursuline nun in Catholic New France.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/108

 

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107 Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention


Tue, Nov 08, 2016


When politicians, lawyers, and historians discuss the Constitutional Convention of 1787, they often rely on two sources: The promotional tracts collectively known as the Federalist Papers and James Madison’s Notes of the Constitutional Convention.

But what do we really know about Madison’s Notes?

Did Madison draft them to serve as a definitive account of the Constitutional Convention?

Today, we explore James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention with award-winning legal historian Mary Sarah Bilder, the Founders Professor of Law at Boston College and author of Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/107

 

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106 Jane Kamensky, The World of John Singleton Copley


Tue, Nov 01, 2016


What can the life of an artist reveal about the American Revolution and how most American men and women experienced it?

Today, we explore the life and times of John Singleton Copley with Jane Kamensky, a Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/106

 

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105 Joshua Piker, How Historians Publish History (Doing History)


Tue, Oct 25, 2016


What do historians do with their research once they finish writing about it?

How do historians publish the books and articles we love to read?

This episode of our “Doing History: How Historians Work” series, takes us behind-the-scenes of how historians publish their writing about history. Our guide through the world of history publications is Joshua Piker, a Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, and the Editor of the William and Mary Quarterly, the leading journal of early American history and culture.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/105

 

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Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.

Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/048

 

 

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104 Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater Frontier


Tue, Oct 18, 2016


When we think of Native Americans, many of us think of inland dwellers. People adept at navigating forests and rivers and the skilled hunters and horsemen who lived and hunted on the American Plains.

But did you know that Native Americans were seafaring mariners too?

Today, Andrew Lipman, an Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, leads us on an exploration of the northeastern coastline and of the Native American and European peoples who lived there during the seventeenth century.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/104

 

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103 Sara Bon-Harper, James Monroe & His Estate Highland


Tue, Oct 11, 2016


On April 30, 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States. Between 1789 and 1825, five men would serve as president. Four of them hailed from Virginia.

Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe?

Today, we explore the public and private life of James Monroe with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, the 535-acre farm and home of James Monroe.

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102 William Nester, George Rogers Clark


Tue, Oct 04, 2016


In the Treaty of Paris, 1783, Great Britain offered the new United States generous terms that included lands in between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River.

Why did the biggest empire with the greatest army and navy concede so much to a new nation?

Because George Rogers Clark and his men seized the Illinois Country and held it during the American War for Independence.

Today, William Nester, a Professor of Government and Politics at St. John’s University and author of George Rogers Clark: ‘I Glory in War,’ leads us on an exploration of the life and deeds of George Rogers Clark.

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101 John Demos, How Historians Write About History (Doing History)


Tue, Sep 27, 2016


How do historians write about the people, places, and events they’ve studied in historical sources?

We continue our “Doing History: How Historians Work” series by investigating how historians write about history. Our guide for this investigation is John Demos, the Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and an award-winning historian.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/101

 

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Doing History” episodes will introduce you to historians who will tell you what they know about the past and reveal how they came to their knowledge.

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100 Behind-the-Scenes with Liz Covart & Ben Franklin's World


Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Wow! Ben Franklin’s World has made it to episode 100.

How do we celebrate and mark this special occasion?

By your request, host Liz Covart answers your questions about history, podcasting, and time travel.

Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/100

 

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099 Mark Hanna, Pirates & Pirate Nests in the British Atlantic World


Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Pirates are alive and well in our popular culture. Thanks to movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and television shows like Black Sails, we see pirates as peg-legged, eye-patch wearing, rum-drinking men.

But are these representations accurate?

What do we really know about pirates?

In this episode, Mark Hanna, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego, and author of the award-winning book Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740, helps us fill in the gaps in our knowledge to better understand who pirates were and why they lived the pirate’s life.

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098 Gautham Rao, Birth of the American Tax Man


Tue, Sep 06, 2016


Could customs collectors, the tax men of early America, be the unsung founders of the early United States?

Today, we explore the creation of the United States customs service and its contributions to the establishment of the federal government with Gautham Rao, an Assistant Professor of History at American University and author of National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State.

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097 Billy Smith, How to Organize Your Research (Doing History)


Tue, Aug 30, 2016


What do historians do with all of the information they collect when they research?

How do they access their research in a way that allows them to find the information they need to write the books and articles we enjoy reading?

Billy Smith, a Professor of History at Montana State University, joins us as part of our “Doing History: How Historians Work” series to lead us on an exploration of how historians organize and access their research.

 

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Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

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096 Nicholas Guyatt, The Origins of Racial Segregation in the United States


Tue, Aug 23, 2016


Ever wonder how the United States’ problem with race developed and why early American reformers didn’t find a way to fix it during the earliest days of the republic?

Today, Nicholas Guyatt, author of Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation, leads us on an exploration of how and why the idea of separate but equal developed in the early United States.

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095 Rose Doherty, A Tale of Two Bostons


Tue, Aug 16, 2016


The City Upon a Hill. The Athens of America. The Cradle of Liberty.

Boston has many names because it has played important roles in the history of North America. But how did Boston, or “The Hub,” come to be?

Why did the Puritans who sailed from England in 1630, choose to settle in Massachusetts Bay on the Shawmut Peninsula?

What were their early days like?

Today, we explore answers to those questions by exploring the history of the two Bostons—Boston, England & Boston, New England— during the 17th century with Rose Doherty, President of the Partnership of Historic Bostons.

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094 Cassandra Good, Founding Friendships


Tue, Aug 09, 2016


Who are you friends with?

Why are you friends with your friends?

In the early American republic, men and women formed and maintained friendships for many of the same reasons we make friends today: companionship, shared interests, and, in some cases, because they helped expand thinking and social circles.

Today, we explore friendship in the early American republic. Specifically, we investigate what it was like for men and women to form and maintain friendships with each other. Our guide for this exploration is Cassandra Good, author of Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men & Women in the Early American Republic.

 

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093 Taylor Stoermer, Harvard University & Colonial North America


Tue, Aug 02, 2016


What can the collections of the Harvard University Libraries teach us about our early American past?

It turns out, quite a lot.

Taylor Stoermer, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, takes us through the Harvard Libraries’ new digital and free-to-use history archive: the Colonial North American Project.

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092 Sharon Block, How to Research History Online (Doing History)


Tue, Jul 26, 2016


How do historians conduct research online? This is your second-most asked question after how did everyday people live their day-to-day lives in early America.

As the “Doing History” series explores how historians work, it offers the perfect opportunity to answer your question.

Sharon Block, a Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine, has made use of computers and digital resources to do history for years, which is why she serves as our guide for how to research history online.

 

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Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

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Show Notes: http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/092

 

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091 Gregory Dowd, Rumors, Legends, & Hoaxes in Early America


Tue, Jul 19, 2016


Did you know that George Washington’s favorite drink was whiskey?

Actually, it wasn’t.

Washington preferred Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine from the island of Madeira. Why the false start to today’s exploration of history?

Gregory Dowd, a Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan, leads us on an exploration of rumors, legends, and hoaxes that circulated throughout early America.

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090 Caitlin Fitz, Age of American Revolutions


Tue, Jul 12, 2016


The American Revolution inspired revolutions in France, the Caribbean, and in Latin and South America between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries.

Naturally, Spanish and Portuguese American revolutionaries turned to the United States for assistance with their fights. How did Americans in the United States respond to these calls for assistance? What did they make of these other “American Revolutions?”

Caitlin Fitz, an Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University and the author of Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions, helps us investigate answers to these questions.

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089 Jessica Millward, Slavery & Freedom in Early Maryland


Tue, Jul 05, 2016


How do you uncover the life of a slave who left no paper trail?

What can her everyday life tell us about slavery, how it was practiced, and how some slaves made the transition from slavery to freedom?

Today, we explore the life of Charity Folks, an enslaved woman from Maryland who gained her freedom in the late-18th century. Our guide through Charity’s life is Jessica Millward, an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine and author of Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland.

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088 Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing (Doing History)


Tue, Jun 28, 2016


Historians rely on secondary historical sources almost as much as they rely on primary historical sources.

But what are secondary historical sources and how do they help historians know what they know about the past?

Michael McDonnell, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, guides us through how he used secondary historical sources to investigate the pivotal role Native Americans played in the history of the Great Lakes region and early North America.

 

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087 Sean Condon, Shays' Rebellion


Tue, Jun 21, 2016


After achieving independence from Great Britain, the new United States and its member states had to pay war debts. As the national government lacked the power to tax its citizens, the problem of paying war debts fell to the states.

Many states tried to solve the post-war debt problem by paying state debts before national debts. But Massachusetts tried to pay both. Its strategy created hardship for many Bay Staters and ultimately sparked a rebellion.

Sean Condon, a Professor of History at Merrimack College and author of Shays's Rebellion: Authority and Distress in Post-Revolutionary America, joins us to investigate the rebellion, which we remember today as Shays’ Rebellion.

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086 George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Over the course of his long life, Benjamin Franklin traveled to and lived in London twice. The first time he went as a teenager. The second as a man and colonial agent. All told he spent nearly 18 years living in the heart of the British Empire.

How did Franklin’s experiences in London shape his opportunities and view of the world?

George Goodwin, author of Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father, leads us on an exploration of Franklin’s life in London.

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085 Bonnie Huskins, American Loyalists in Canada


Tue, Jun 07, 2016


The War for Independence was a conflict between Great Britain and her 13 North American colonies. It was also a civil war.

Not only did the war pit Briton against Briton when the conflict began in 1775, but it also pitted American against American.

But what happened to the Americans who lost?

Today, Bonnie Huskins, coordinator of Loyalist Studies at the University of New Brunswick, joins us to explore the experiences of the American Loyalists.

 

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084 Zara Anishanslin, How Historians Read Historical Sources (Doing History)


Tue, May 31, 2016


What do historians do with historical sources once they find them?

How do they read them for information about the past?

Today, Zara Anishanslin, an Assistant Professor of History at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, leads us on an exploration of how historians read historical source by taking us through the documents and objects left behind by four, everyday people.

 

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083 Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston


Tue, May 24, 2016


Colonial Bostonians practiced slavery. But slavery in Boston looked very different than slavery in the American south or in the Caribbean.

Today, Jared Hardesty, an Assistant Professor of History at Western Washington University and author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston, takes us on a tour of slavery, and the lives enslaved people lived, in colonial Boston.

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082 Alejandra Dubcovsky, Information & Communication in the Early American South


Tue, May 17, 2016


We live in an age of information. The internet provides us with 24/7 access to all types of information—news, how-to articles, sports scores, entertainment news, and congressional votes.

But what do we do with all of this knowledge? How do we sift through and interpret all it all?

We are not the first people to ponder these questions.

Today, Alejandra Dubcovsky, an Assistant Professor at Yale University and author of Informed Power: Communication in the Early South, takes us through the early American south and how the Native Americans, Europeans, and enslaved Africans who lived there acquired, used, and traded information.

 

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081 Don Glickstein, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence


Tue, May 10, 2016


When did the fighting of the American War for Independence end?

In school we learn that the war came to an end at Yorktown. But, this lesson omits all of the fighting that took place after Charles, Earl Cornwallis’ surrender in October 1781.

Today, Don Glickstein, author of After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence, takes us on a whirlwind and global tour of the fighting that took place after Yorktown.

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080 Jen Manion, Liberty's Prisoners: Prisons & Prison Life in Early America


Tue, May 03, 2016


American prisons are overcrowded. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and nearly 2.5 million Americans are serving prison sentences.

Nearly all politicians agree that we need to reform the American prison system, but they disagree on how to do it.

Can gaining historical perspective on this present-day problem help us solve it?

Today, we investigate early American prisons and prison life with Jen Manion, an Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College and author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America.

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079 James Horn, What is a Historical Source? (Doing History)


Tue, Apr 26, 2016


Historians research the past through historical sources.

But what are the materials that tell historians about past peoples, places, and events?

Today, James Horn, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, helps us investigate historical sources by taking us on an exploration of historic Jamestown and the types of sources that inform what we know about it.

 

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078 Rachel Shelden, Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


The United States is in midst of a political and cultural divide.

The last time the United States faced this deep of a division, the nation descended into Civil War.

Can history help us solve our present-day political and cultural crisis?

Today, we investigate whether the past might help us with the present with Rachel Shelden, author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War.

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077 Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail


Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer?

If offered the opportunity, would you undertake a journey across the Oregon Trail in a mule-pulled covered wagon?

Today, we explore the Oregon Trail past and present with Rinker Buck, author of The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey.

 

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076 Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


What did it mean to be a citizen during the late-18th and early-19th centuries?

Why and how did early American sailors seem intent on proving their citizenship to the United States?

In this episode, we explore citizenship and maritime life during the Age of Revolutions with Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, an Assistant Professor of History and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California and author of Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution.

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075 Peter Drummey, How Archives Work (Doing History)


Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Historians research history in archives.

But how do you gain access to one? And how do you use an archive once you find that it likely contains the information you seek?

In this third episode of our “Doing History: How Historians Work” series, we investigate how archives work with Peter Drummey, an archivist and the Stephen T. Riley Librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

 

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074 Mary Wigge, Martha Washington


Tue, Mar 22, 2016


George Washington stands as one of the most famous Americans in history, but what do we know of his helpmeet and partner, Martha?

Who was the woman who stood beside and encouraged Washington?

How did she assist him as he led the Continental Army and governed a new nation?

Today, we investigate the life of Martha Washington with Mary Wigge, Research Editor at the Martha Washington Papers Project.

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073 Mark Noll, The Bible in Early America


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


What role did the Bible play in the development of British North America and the early United States?

How did the settlement of numerous religious groups in the thirteen American colonies affect the politics and religion of both the colonies and early United States?

Today, we address these questions by exploring the place of the Bible in early America. Our guide for this exploration is Mark Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and the author of In the Beginning Was the Word The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783.

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072 Ari Kelman, The American Civil War


Tue, Mar 08, 2016


The American Civil War took place over 150 years ago.

The war claimed over 600,000 American lives and its legacy affects the way present-day Americans view civil rights and race relations.

The Civil War stands as an important, watershed event in United States history, which is why, in today’s episode, we will discuss the event with Civil War historian Ari Kelman, Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University.

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071 Bruce Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 1777


Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Historians refer to the Battle of Saratoga as the “turning point” of the American Revolution.

They argue the Patriot Army’s defeat of British General John Burgoyne’s forces convinced the French to enter the War for Independence. Together, the Franco and American forces cornered Charles, Earl Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781 and ended the war.

This is the quick version of Saratoga, but as we know, history is more complicated.

Today, we explore the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 in more depth with Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.

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070 Jennifer Morgan, How Historians Research (Doing History)


Tue, Feb 23, 2016


How did enslaved African and African American women experience slavery?

What were their daily lives like?

And how do historians know as much as they do about enslaved women?

Today, we explore the answers to these questions with Jennifer L. Morgan, a Professor of History and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and our guide for an investigation into how historians research history. 

 

Doing History Series

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Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

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069 Abby Chandler, Law, Order, and Sexual Misconduct in Colonial New England


Tue, Feb 16, 2016


Law and order stood as a sign of civilization for many 17th-century Europeans, which is why some of the first European settlers in North America created systems of law and order in their new homeland.

Today, we explore the legal history of colonial New England with Abby Chandler, author of Law and Sexual Misconduct in New England 1650-1750.

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068 Richard Brookhiser, Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln


Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Abraham Lincoln grew up as the son of a poor farmer. Yet, he became the 16th President of the United States.

How did the son of a poor farmer achieve election to the presidency?

Today, we investigate the life of Abraham Lincoln and his journey to the presidency with Richard Brookhiser, author of Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln.

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067 John Ryan Fischer, An Environmental History of Early California & Hawaii


Tue, Feb 02, 2016


Aside from nice weather, what do California and Hawaii have in common?

Spanish longhorn cattle.

Today, we explore how Spanish longhorn cattle influenced the early American and environmental histories of California and Hawaii with John Ryan Fischer, author of Cattle Colonialism: An Environmental History of the Conquest of California and Hawaii.

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066 Simon Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics (Doing History)


Tue, Jan 26, 2016


How did average, poor, and enslaved men and women live their day-to-day lives in the early United States?

Today, we explore the answers to that question with Simon P. Newman, a Professor of History at the University of Glasgow and our guide for an investigation into how historians choose their research topics. 

 

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Bonus: Why Historians Study History (Doing History)


Fri, Jan 22, 2016


History is about people, but what do we know about the people behind history’s scenes?

Who are the people who tell us what we know about our past?

How do they come to know what they know?

Today, we begin our year-long “Doing History” series with a special bonus episode about historians and why they do the work that they do.

 

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Each episode will air on the last Tuesday of each month in 2016.

This series is part of a partnership between Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

 

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065 Alexander Rose, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Network


Tue, Jan 19, 2016


Today, we explore espionage during the American Revolution and the origins and operations of the Culper Spy Ring with Alexander Rose, author of Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring and a historian, writer, and producer for AMC’s television drama TURN.

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064 Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France


Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Most early Americans practiced chattel slavery: the practice of treating slaves as property that people could buy, sell, trade, and use as they would draught animals or real estate.

But, did you know that some early Americans practiced a different type of slavery?

Today, we investigate the practice of Native American or indigenous slavery, a little-known aspect of early American history, with Brett Rushforth, author of Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France.

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063 Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War


Tue, Jan 05, 2016


The American Civil War claimed more than 620,000 American lives.

Did you know that it also cost American forests, landscapes, cities, and institutions?

Today, we explore the different types of ruination wrought by the American Civil War with Megan Kate Nelson, author of Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War.

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062 Carol Berkin, The Bill of Rights


Tue, Dec 29, 2015


Did you know that when James Madison originally proposed the Bill of Rights, it consisted of 36 amendments and that the House of Representatives did not want to consider or debate Madison’s proposed amendments to the Constitution?

Today, we explore the Bill of Rights and its ratification with Carol Berkin, author of The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties.

 

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061 Edward Larson, George Washington in Retirement


Tue, Dec 22, 2015


If you had only six years to enjoy retirement what would you do?

Would you improve your plantation? Build canals? Or work behind-the-scenes to unite your country by framing a new central government?

These were just some of the activities undertaken by George Washington during his brief retirement from public service between 1783 and 1789.

Today, we explore the brief retirement of George Washington with Edward Larson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history and author of The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789.

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060 David Preston, Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution


Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Did Washington really start the French and Indian War?

Why should we remember a battle that took place over 260 years ago?

In this episode, we investigate the answers to those questions as we explore the Battle of the Monongahela with David Preston, author of Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution.

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059 Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad


Tue, Dec 08, 2015


Between the 1830s and 1860s, a clandestine communications and transportation network called the “Underground Railroad” helped thousands of slaves escape to freedom.

Today, we will investigate and explore this secret network with Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.

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058 Andrew Schocket, Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution


Tue, Dec 01, 2015


Why do we refer to the men who founded the United States as the “founding fathers?”

Why do we choose to remember the American Revolution as a glorious event that had almost universal, colonial support when in fact, the Revolution’s events were bloody, violent, and divisive?

Today, we explore our memory of the American Revolution and how our memory of the event and its participants evolved with Andrew Schocket, author of Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution.

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057 Max Edling, War, Money, and the American State, 1783-1867


Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Do you know what we have in common with our early American forebears?

Taxes.

As Benjamin Franklin stated in 1789, “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Given the certainty of taxes it seems important that we understand how the United States’ fiscal system developed.

Today, we explore the development of the early American fiscal system with Max Edling, Professor of History at King’s College, London and author of A Hercules in the Cradle: War, Money, and the American State, 1783-1867.

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056 Daniel J. Tortora, The Anglo-Cherokee War, 1759-1761


Tue, Nov 17, 2015


Between 1754 and 1763, North Americans participated in the French and Indian War; a world war Europeans call the Seven Years’ War.

As this world war raged, many South Carolinians, Virginians, Britons, and Cherokee people also fought a war for land, trade, and respect.

Today, we explore the Anglo-Cherokee War with Daniel Tortora, author of Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast.

 

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055 Robb Haberman, John Jay: Forgotten Founder


Tue, Nov 10, 2015


Who was John Jay?

Jay played important and prominent roles during the founding of the United States and yet, his name isn’t one that many would list if asked to name founding fathers.

Today, we explore John Jay and his contributions to the founding of the United States with Robb Haberman, associate editor of The Selected Papers of John Jay documentary editing project.

 

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054 John D. Wilsey, American Exceptionalism: The History of an Idea


Tue, Nov 03, 2015


The United States is a diverse nation of immigrants and their ancestors. With such diversity, and no one origination point for its people, how do we describe what the United States is and what its people stand for?

What is the underlying ideological current that links Americans together regardless of their ancestral or regional diversity?

Today we explore “American Exceptionalism” and the ideas it embodies with John D. Wilsey, author of American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea.

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053 Emerson W. Baker, The Salem Witch Trials of 1692


Tue, Oct 27, 2015


Do you believe in the supernatural? In ghosts, zombies, or perhaps witches?

Today we celebrate All Hallows Eve with an exploration of the specters and witches that haunted 17th-century Massachusetts.

Our guide for this exploration is Emerson W. Baker, author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.

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052 Ronald A. Johnson, Diplomacy in Black and White: Early United States-Haitian Relations


Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Much like the United States, the colonists of Saint Domingue (present-day Haiti) sought their independence from France by fighting a war and waging a revolution. However, unlike the Americans, the San Dominguans who fought the war and waged the revolution were predominantly African and Caribbean-born slaves.

Today, we explore the Haitian Revolution and the quest of both the United States and Saint Domingue to establish diplomatic and trade relations with each other. Our guide for this exploration is Ronald A. Johnson, a history professor at Texas State University and author of Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance.

 

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051 Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: A History of Early Detroit


Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Located 600 miles inland from Philadelphia and over 700 miles from Qu?bec City, early Detroit could have been a backwater, a frontier post that Europeans established to protect colonial settlements from Native American attacks.

Yet Detroit emerged as a cosmopolitan entrep?t filled with many different peoples and all of the goods you would expect to find in early Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, or Charleston.

Today, we explore the early history of Detroit with Catherine Cangany, an associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame and author of Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrep?t.

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050 Marla Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


How did every day men and women experience life in colonial America?

How did the American Revolution transform their work and personal lives?

Today, we explore the answers to those questions by investigating the life of Betsy Ross with Marla Miller, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

 

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049 Malcolm Gaskill, How the English Became American


Tue, Sep 29, 2015


Why did England want to establish colonies in North America and how did Englishmen go about establishing them?

Today, we explore the early days of English settlement in North America with Malcolm Gaskill, Professor of History at the University of East Anglia and author of Between Two Worlds: How the English Became American.

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048 Ken Miller, Dangerous Guests; Enemy Captives During the War for Independence


Tue, Sep 22, 2015


When we think about the War for American Independence many of us conjure images of Washington crossing the Delaware, Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, or perhaps the freezing winters at Valley Forge or Jockey Hollow.

What we don’t tend to think about are enemy prisoners of war, the British and German soldiers the patriot militia and Continental Army units captured during and after battles.

Today, we explore the day-to-day experiences of British and German POWs during the War for Independence with Ken Miller, Associate Professor of History at Washington College and author of Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence.*

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047 Emily Conroy-Krutz, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic


Tue, Sep 15, 2015


Where did the United States fit within the world between 1810 and 1847?

After the United States secured its independence from Great Britain, many Americans looked at the world and wondered about their place within it.

What role would early Americans play in shaping the world around them?

Today, we explore early American conceptions of the world with Emily Conroy-Krutz, an Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University and author of Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic.

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046 John Ferling, Whirlwind: The American Revolution & the War That Won It


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


What caused the American Revolution?

Can we use the term “American Revolution” to describe both the revolution and the War for Independence?

What was the greatest challenge that George Washington and his Continental Army faced during the War for Independence?

In this listener-requested episode, we dive deep into the American Revolution with John Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia and author of Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It.

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045 Spencer McBride, Joseph Smith and the Founding of Mormonism


Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Many Americans associate the state of Utah with Mormons.

But did you know the Mormons almost settled in Texas?

Spencer McBride, an editor with the Joseph Smith Papers Documentary Editing Project, joins us to explore the life of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism and the Church of Latter Day Saints.

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044 Adam Shprintzen, The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement


Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Do you know which early American reform movement pushed for abolition, women’s rights, pacifism, and economic growth?

Today, Adam Shprintzen, Assistant Professor of History at Maywood University and author of The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921, takes us on a journey through the origins of vegetarianism and the Vegetarian reform movement in the United States.

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043 Matthew Osborn, Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early Republic


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


How and when did doctors become respected professionals in American society?

The answer lies in early Americans’ fascination with delirium tremens, or alcoholic insanity, and the Temperance Movement of the early-to-mid 19th century.

Today, Matthew Osborn, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and author of Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early Republic, leads us on an exploration of early American medical history and reform movements.

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Bonus: The Boston Stamp Act Riots


Fri, Aug 14, 2015


“No Taxation Without Representation!”

August 14, 2015 marks the 250th anniversary of the first Boston Stamp Act riot.

Today’s bonus episode commemorates the anniversary with a conversation about the Stamp Act, the Boston riots, and the American Revolution with J.L. Bell, proprietor of Boston1775.net.

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042 Heather Cox Richardson, A History of the Republican Party


Tue, Aug 11, 2015


Is the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln?

The United States has entered presidential primary season, which means it won’t be long before a Republican presidential candidate or a reporter mentions the birth of the ‘Grand Old Party’ in 1854 and its association with Lincoln.

Today, we explore the history of the Republican Party with Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History at Boston College and author of To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

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041 Bruno Paul Stenson, Canada and the American Revolution


Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Did Canada almost join the American Revolution?

In September 1775, Major-General Philip Schuyler launched the Patriot’s invasion into Canada. The Patriots hoped to end the threat of a British invasion from the north by occupying Canada and bringing the colony into the American Revolution.

Did the Patriots’ plans work?

Today, we discuss Canada and how the American Revolution played out there with Bruno Paul Stenson, an historian and musicologist with the Ch?teau de Ramezay historic site in Montr?al. Ch?teau de Ramezay served as the headquarters for the American forces between 1775 and 1776.

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040 For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington & the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789


Tue, Jul 28, 2015


Today we address the President of the United States as “Mr. President.” But did you know that the proper title for the office was almost “His Highness the President?”

In this episode, Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, author of For Fear of an Elective King, leads us on an exploration of the presidential title controversy of 1789, the first controversy to wrack the United States Congress.

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039 Eric Nelson, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


The American Revolution was a revolution against Parliament not a king.

This is the idea offered by Eric Nelson in his new book The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding.

 Today, we explore the royalist revolution and how it affected the American Revolution with Eric Nelson.

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038 Carolyn Harris, Magna Carta & Its Gifts to North America


Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Are you ready to time travel?

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a document created to limit the powers of King John of England and his successors in 1215.

Today, Magna Carta and its four key principles continue to influence and inspire the governments of English-speaking countries around the world, including the United States and Canada.

In today’s episode, we explore Magna Carta and its long legacy with Carolyn Harris, author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights.

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037 Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution


Tue, Jul 07, 2015


What battle proved to be the turning point of the American War for Independence?

If you answered Saratoga, you are in general agreement with most scholars of the American Revolution.

General John Burgoyne’s surrender to the Continental Army on October 17, 1777 demonstrated to France that the American had what it took to defeat the British Army and France entered the war on the behalf of the United States.

And with France came Spain. 

Today, we explore the consequences of Spanish involvement in the War for American Independence with Kathleen DuVal, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of Independence Lost.

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036 Abigail Swingen, Competing Visions of Empire


Tue, Jun 30, 2015


How and where did the colonies of North America and the Caribbean fit within the British Empire?

The answer to this question depends on whether you explore the views of a British imperial officer, such as the King of England, or a colonist who lived in one of the North American or Caribbean colonies.

In today’s episode, Abigail Swingen, professor of history at Texas Tech University and author of Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire, leads us on an exploration of how colonists and British imperial officers viewed the colonies and their place within the British Empire during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

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Bonus: Lafayette & the Hermione


Fri, Jun 26, 2015


Who was the Marquis de Lafayette? How did he make the Patriots’ success in the American Revolution possible? And why did a group known as the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America build an exact replica of the French frigate that brought Lafayette to the United States?

These are just some of the questions that Miles Young, President of the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, will answer in this listener-requested episode.

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035 Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley and Washington Irving


Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Washington Irving was an historian and writer. Some historians and biographers have called him the first great American author. 

Today, Michael Lord, Director of Education at Historic Hudson Valley, joins us to explore the life of Washington Irving, his home, Sunnyside, and the historic Hudson Valley region that he immortalized in stories such as Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and “Rip Van Winkle.”

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034 Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson, Southerner


Tue, Jun 16, 2015


The Hero of New Orleans. Old Hickory. General. President of the United States. Andrew Jackson held and embodied all of these titles and nicknames. 

During his lifetime, Jackson served as one of the most popular presidents and yet, today we remember him as a controversial figure given his views on slavery, Native Americans, and banks.

Mark R. Cheathem, professor of history at Cumberland University and author of Andrew Jackson, Southerner, leads us on an exploration of the life and times of Andrew Jackson. 

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033 Douglas Bradburn, George Washington and His Library


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


When you think about George Washington, what image comes to mind?

Washington the general?

Washington the president?

Perhaps, Washington the gentleman farmer of Mount Vernon?

But did you know that George Washington loved to read?

In this episode, we chat with Douglas Bradburn, the Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which serves as the George Washington Presidential Library.

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032 Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, One Colonial Woman's World


Tue, Jun 02, 2015


What was everyday life like for average men and women in early America?

Listeners ask this question more than any other question and today we continue to try to answer it.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman's World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, joins us to explore the life of an average woman who lived in early New England.

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031 Benjamin Franklin and the Papers of Benjamin Franklin Editorial Project


Tue, May 26, 2015


Benjamin Franklin’s life spanned almost the entire 18th century. 

Between his birth on January 17, 1706 and his death on April 17, 1790, Franklin lived well-traveled and accomplished life.

Michael D. Hattem, research assistant for the Papers of Benjamin Franklin documentary editing project, leads us on an exploration of the life and deeds of Benjamin Franklin.

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030 Shelby M. Balik, Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography


Tue, May 19, 2015


You may know the stereotype of the “busibody New Englander,” the person who knows all about their neighbors’ private affairs. 

This stereotype comes from the New England town-church ideal: The idea that ministers and congregants of the town church had a responsibility to maintain civic and moral order in their town.

Shelby M. Balik, Assistant Professor of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver and author of Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England’s Religious Geography, joins us to explore the New England town-church ideal, how it helped New Englanders organize their towns, and why the post-Revolution migration into northern New England forced New Englanders to change and adapt how they maintained civic and moral order in their towns.

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029 Colin Calloway, The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army


Tue, May 12, 2015


Can you name the battle that took place between the United States Army and the Miami Confederacy on November 4, 1791?

It's a trick question. You can’t name the battle because the victory has no name.

Colin Calloway, Professor of History and Native American History at Dartmouth College, joins us to discuss how American settlement in the Ohio Valley led to The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army.

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Bonus: We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence


Fri, May 08, 2015


What can maps tell us about the past? 

How do maps affect the way we view events such as the American Revolution?

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library has a new, traveling exhibition called We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence, which seeks to help us change the way we look at and explore the tumultuous events that led thirteen colonies to break away from Great Britain and forge a new nation. 

Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education and Public Programming at the Leventhal Map Center joins us to explore maps as historical documents and this amazing new exhibit.

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028 Janice Fontanella, Building the Erie Canal


Tue, May 05, 2015


A “little short of madness.” That is how Thomas Jefferson responded when two delegates from New York approached him with the idea to build the Erie Canal in January 1809. 

Jefferson’s comment did not discourage New Yorkers. On January 4, 1817, New York State began building a 363-mile long canal to link the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes and the Midwest.

Janice Fontanella, site manager of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, New York, joins us to discuss the Erie Canal, its construction, and the impact that this waterway made on New York and the United States.

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027 Lisa Wilson, A History of Stepfamilies in Early America


Tue, Apr 28, 2015


What do George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln have in common?

They all grew-up in blended or stepfamilies. 

Lisa Wilson, the Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American History at Connecticut College and author of A History of Stepfamilies in Early America, leads us on an exploration of blended and stepfamilies in early America.

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026 Robert Middlekauff, Washington's Revolution


Tue, Apr 21, 2015


What drove George Washington to become a Patriot during the American Revolution?

How did he overcome the ill-trained and inexperienced troops, inadequate pay, and supply problems that plagued the Continental Army to win the War for American Independence?

Robert Middlekauff, professor emeritus of colonial and early United States history at the University of California, Berkeley, reveals the answers to these questions as we explore details from his book Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader.

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025 Jessica Parr, Inventing George Whitefield


Tue, Apr 14, 2015


Do you know who George Whitefield was?

George Whitefield stood as one of the most visible figures in British North America between the 1740s and 1770. He was a central figure in the trans-Atlantic revivalist movement and a man whose legacy remains influential to evangelical Christians today.

Historian Jessica Parr, author of Inventing George Whitefield, introduces us to the Reverend George Whitefield.

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Bonus: Longfellow's Wayside Inn


Fri, Apr 10, 2015


In this bonus episode, we explore a listener requested topic of colonial inns and taverns by investigating the history of the oldest inn still in operation: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. 

The Wayside Inn served as the inspiration for Henry Wadsworth Longfellows poetry collection "Tales of a Wayside Inn," in which you will find his poem "The Landlord's Tale," better known as "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."

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024 Kimberly Alexander, 18th-Century Fashion and Material Culture


Tue, Apr 07, 2015


What can John Hancock’s suit tell you about the man who wore it?

The clothing a person wears tells you a lot about them: Whether they are rich or poor, what kind of work they do, what colors they like, and what they value.

We know that John Hancock was a wealthy merchant and prominent politician, but did you know that his suit reveals even more about his life and personality than the documents and portraits he left behind?

Museum professional and textiles expert Kimberly Alexander joins us to explore the world of 18th-century fashion and material culture and what objects like John Hancock's suit communicate about the past. 

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023 Early American History with the JuntoCast


Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Have you ever wondered what happens when four historians get together to talk about early American history?

In this episode, we chat with three young and promising historians of early America: Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ken Owen. All three scholars discuss history at the Junto Blog, A Group Blog on Early American History and as regular panelists on the JuntoCast, a monthly podcast about Early American History.

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022 Vivian Bruce Conger, Deborah Read Franklin & Sally Franklin Bache: Benjamin Franklin's Women


Tue, Mar 24, 2015


Have you heard the saying that behind every great man stands a great woman?

Vivian Bruce Conger, the Robert Ryan Professor in the Humanities at Ithaca College, joins us to explore the two great women that Benjamin Franklin had standing behind and beside him: his wife, Deborah Read Franklin, and his daughter, Sally Franklin Bache.

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021 Eugene Tesdahl, Smuggling in Colonial America & Living History


Tue, Mar 17, 2015


Do you know that John Hancock was a smuggler?

Smuggling presented a large problem for the imperial governments of Great Britain and France during the colonial period.

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, joins us to discuss the early American business of smuggling and his involvement with living history as a French and Indian War-era re-enactor.

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020 Kyle T. Bulthuis, Four Steeples Over the City Streets


Tue, Mar 10, 2015


Have you ever wondered about how early American men, women, and slaves worshipped?

Religion played a large role in why some Europeans settled in British North America. 

The Puritans of New England, the German Protestants of the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Catholics of Maryland all migrated to North America to worship freely, to name but a few religious groups in colonial North America.

Kyle T. Bulthuis, Assistant Professor of History at Utah State University and author of Four Steeples Over the City Streets: Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations, takes us on an exploration of early American religious life. 

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019 Kenneth Turino, The Colonial Boston Marketplace


Tue, Mar 03, 2015


Have you ever wondered where colonial Americans purchased their food?

Although many colonial Americans lived in rural areas or on farms where they could grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs, graze their livestock, or hunt wild game, many others lived in early American cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Charleston.

Where did these colonial city-dwellers get their food?

In this episode, Kenneth Turino, the Manager of Community Relations and Exhibitions for Historic New England, joins us to explore the colonial Boston marketplace.

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018 Danielle Allen, Our Declaration


Tue, Feb 24, 2015


Do you know who authored the Declaration of Independence?

If you answered “Thomas Jefferson,” you would be wrong. Jefferson merely wrote the first draft of a document others created.

In this episode, Danielle Allen, Foundation Professor at the Institute of Advanced Study and author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, leads us on an exploration of the Declaration of Independence. 

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017 Fran?ois Furstenberg, When the United States Spoke French


Tue, Feb 17, 2015


Parlez-vous Fran?ais? 

Do you speak French?

Believe it or not in the 1790s many Americans spoke French. They may not have spoken the French language, but they understood and embraced French culture, art, and culinary traditions. 

Early Americans experimented with and adopted many forms of French culture as they sought to define their new identity as Americans.

Fran?ois Furstenberg, Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation, joins us to explore how and why the United States spoke French during the 1790s. 

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016 Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832


Tue, Feb 10, 2015


The United States claimed victory in the War of 1812, but did you know that the British nearly won the war by promising freedom to escaped slaves in Virginia and Maryland?

In this episode, 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor reveals how Virginia’s “Internal Enemy” almost cost the United States its second war for independence.

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015 Joyce E. Chaplin, Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit


Tue, Feb 03, 2015


In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue as part of the great European quest to find new routes and shortcuts to the spice islands and territories of Asia.

Spain and Portugal led this quest during the 15th and 16th centuries and their race to access the Asian spice trade caused Columbus to sail unwittingly into the Caribbean and North America. 

Columbus’ “discovery” caused European peoples to colonize North and South America. It also encouraged Europeans to keep up their search for new ways to access Asia via water routes through or around these continents.

Joyce E. Chaplin, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University and author of Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit leads us on an exploration of the early history of around-the-world voyages and the impact those voyages had on the peoples and places of the Americas, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Europe.

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014 Claudio Saunt, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776


Tue, Jan 27, 2015


Did you know that Russian activities in North America caused the Spanish to colonize California?

When we think of North America in 1776, our minds take us to the Atlantic seaboard where inhabitants in thirteen colonies fought Great Britain for independence.

However, as the American Revolution and its War for Independence raged, events occurred elsewhere in North America that would have important implications for the development of the later United States.

Claudio Saunt, the Richard B. Russell Professor of History at the University of Georgia and author of West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, joins us to explore events that took place west of the American Revolution. 

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013 Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America


Tue, Jan 20, 2015


We tend to view gay marriage as a cultural and legal development of the 21st century. 

But did you know that some early Americans lived openly in same-sex marriages?

In this episode, Rachel Hope Cleves, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, will reveal the story of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, women who lived openly as a married couple in Weybridge, Vermont between 1807 and 1851.

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012 Dane Morrison, True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identtity


Tue, Jan 13, 2015


Did you know that Americans undertook their first trade mission to China in February 1784?

In fact, a mercantile partnership led by Robert Morris sent the Empress of China, a 360 ton ship to Canton, China one month and eight days after the Congress of the United States ratified the Treaty of Paris, 1783.

Why did these merchants look so far east to secure a profitable trade? And why did they attempt such a venture not long after the United States secured its independence from Great Britain? 

Dane Morrison, Professor of History at Salem State University and author of True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity helps us discover the answers to these questions and more as he leads us on an exploration of the early American trade with China.

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011 Jessica Baumert, The Woodlands Historic Site of Philadelphia


Tue, Jan 06, 2015


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania plays host to many historic sites associated with our early American history: Carpenters Hall, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House represent just a few of this city's historic holdings.

But have you ever heard about, or visited, The Woodlands?

The Woodlands and its founder/developer, William Hamilton played an important role in the architectural and botanical development of Philadelphia and the young United States.

In this episode, Jessica Baumert, Executive Director of The Woodlands historic site in West Philadelphia, guides us through The Woodlands and its significant architectural and botanical history.

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010 Don N. Hagist, British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution


Tue, Dec 30, 2014


What about the British Redcoats?

When we discuss the military history of the American War for Independence, we tend to focus on specific battles or details about the men who served in George Washington’s Continental Army. 

Rarely do we take the opportunity to ask questions about the approximately 50,000 men who served in the British Army that opposed them.

Don N. Hagist, independent scholar and author of British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution, leads us on exploration of the “other” men who fought in the American War for Independence, the soldiers in the British Army.

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009 Peter G. Rose, Delicious December


Tue, Dec 16, 2014


 “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house/ Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse./ The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,/ In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”

Undoubtedly, you have heard, or read, this first stanza of Clement Moore’s famous “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (1822) poem, but have you ever wondered about the traditions and saint contained within its lines?

Where did the Christmas traditions of stockings, presents, and cookies come from? And what about jolly, old Saint Nicholas? Who was he and why do we often call him Santa Claus?

Peter G. Rose, culinary historian of Dutch foodways in North America and author of Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats joins us to discuss the origins of Santa Claus and edible goodies such as cookies in the United States.

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008 Gregory O'Malley, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807


Tue, Dec 02, 2014


The Middle Passage forced millions of African men, women, and children to migrate across the Atlantic Ocean, but did you know that there existed an even more deadly voyage for slaves?

For many Africans the journey into slavery did not end with their arrival at a Caribbean entrep?t such as Barbados or Jamaica. 

After their transatlantic journey, many captives had to embark on a second, deadlier voyage to their new homes. 

In this episode we explore this second, deadlier voyage with Gregory O’Malley, author of the new book, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807.

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007 Sara Georgini, John Adams & The Adams Papers Editorial Project


Tue, Nov 18, 2014


The United States declared independence from Great Britain in July 1776, but the King and Parliament of Great Britain did not recognize this independence until April 9, 1784. 

On June 1, 1785, King George III received his first diplomat from the United States. 

Do you know what happened when His Majesty came face-to-face with John Adams?

The Papers of John Adams reveal much about his meeting with King George III as well as the time he spent as a Revolutionary, Statesmen, President, and retired gentleman farmer. Sara Georgini, Assistant Editor at the Adams Papers Documentary Editing Project joins us to discuss John Adams’ experiences as the first U.S. Minister to Great Britain and what it is like to work with the more than 250,000 documents that Adams and his descendants have generated. 

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006 Gregory N. Flemming, At the Point of a Cutlass


Tue, Nov 04, 2014


Arrr, so ye like pirates do ye?

Did ye know that as much as 33% of pirate crews were made up of captured seamen, not pirates?

We’ll be talkin about the “Golden Age” of pirates in this here episode of Ben Franklin’s World with historian and pirate expert Gregory N. Flemming, author of the new book  At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton. 

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005 Jeanne Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine


Tue, Oct 21, 2014


You likely know the names of George and Martha Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and James and Dolley Madison, as the names of a few of the founding mothers and fathers of the United States. 

You may have heard of some of their deeds and political accomplishments. But did you know that all of these couples endured tragic and sometimes frequent episodes with illness and disease?

Do you know what the founding fathers and mothers really understood about health and wellness? 

Jeanne Abrams, Professor at the University of Denver University Libraries, joins us to discuss the world of 18th-century medicine and her recent book, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health. 

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004 Thomas A Foster, Sex and the Founding Fathers


Tue, Sep 30, 2014


Did you know that most biographies about the founders of the United States reveal more about the Americans who wrote the biographies than about the true character of the founders themselves?

Thomas A. Foster, Professor of History at DePaul University, joins us to discuss his latest book Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past, an exploration of how Americans have imagined and reimagined the founding fathers from the 18th century to the present.

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003 Richard S. Newman, Future of the Library Company of Philadelphia


Sun, Sep 28, 2014


Benjamin Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731. Today, you can visit his library and its amazing collections, which begs the question: How has the Library Company managed to stay open, and remain relevant, for over 283 years?

Richard S. Newman, Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia discusses past and present efforts of the Library Company to serve the public at large. Newman reveals how the Library Company has adapted to the needs of the public over time. He also unveils ideas for how the Library Company can continue to remain relevant in our twenty-first digital age.

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002 Cornelia King, Exhibitions at the Library Company of Philadelphia


Sun, Sep 28, 2014


Have you ever walked through a museum and wondered why its staff chose to feature the artifacts you saw?

Cornelia King, Chief of Reference at the Library Company of Philadelphia discusses “That’s So Gay: Outing Early America,” an exhibition that she curated for the Library Company. In addition to providing us with information about the history of gay men and women in early America, Connie gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how she decided what artifacts, books, and ephemera to display in “That’s So Gay” and how she sought to interpret those items for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

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001 James N. Green, History of the Library Company of Philadelphia


Sat, Sep 27, 2014


Dd you know that Ben Franklin founded the first successful lending library in North America?

With James N. Green, Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia, we explores the role Franklin played in the founding of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the history of libraries in colonial North America, and the Junto, Franklin’s sociability and improvement club for Philadelphia tradesmen.

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000 Pilot- Ben Franklin's World with Liz Covart


Sat, Sep 27, 2014


Host Liz Covart welcomes you to Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History. Liz describes the show and reveals what what you can expect to discover in future episodes. 

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