March 5, 2022

Her Cold War with Dr. Tanya Roth

Happy Women's History Month! Join me this week as I interview historian and author Dr. Tanya Roth about her analysis of women in the United States history, Her Cold War. Roth weaved an engaging and informative story about how women's roles in the military evolved in a post World War II nation and how slowly but surely they worked towards providing an equitable place at the table.

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Feb. 26, 2022

Frederick Douglass: Part Two

Join me this week as I wrap up the life of famed abolitionist and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. In this episode, we pick up with Douglass venturing into national politics and announcing his support for women's suffrage. This episode also discusses how Douglass evolved in the aftermath of the Civil War and where he focused his attention once slavery was abolished.

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Feb. 19, 2022

Frederick Douglass: Part One

Abolitionist, author, newspaper editor. Frederick Douglass was many things in his 77 years and continues to be a powerful historic figure. Join me this week as I begin a dive into the life of one of the greatest and most respected fighters in history, Fredrick Douglass.

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Feb. 12, 2022

The Second Great Awakening

Religion has been intertwined in American history since its founding. There have been several religious revivals aimed at increasing church membership and devotion to God. The Second Great Awakening was one of the largest and most consequential religious movements in American history. It was during this movement that revivalism and social activism became part of the religious experience. Join me as I dive into what the Second Great Awakening was and just how it impacted the country.

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Feb. 5, 2022

David Walker's Appeal

One of the most forceful voices in the abolitionist movement came from the words of a free man named David Walker. While he may be overshadowed by the likes of Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, Walker left his mark on the push for ending slavery and pulled no punches in his rebuke of the white enslavers who used paternalistic verbiage in excusing their behavior. Walker's life was cut short and I think this, in part, has led to his faded memory when reviewing the abolitionis…

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Jan. 29, 2022

The Filibuster (Listener Request)

This week I am diving into the first listener request of 2022 - The Filibuster. A complicated and confusing piece of senate procedure, the filibuster has been in the news for the last few years as political pundits discuss why our current Congress seems unable to achieve any legislative progress. What exactly is the filibuster? How did it originate? Tune into this episode to find out.

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Jan. 22, 2022

The Elusive Mrs. Monroe

The women behind the great men in history are often forgotten and overlooked. No one quite exemplifies this as much as Elizabeth Monroe, the wife of the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. Join me this week as I discuss her life and her impact - and why her story isn't well known.

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Jan. 15, 2022

The Monroe Presidency

The last of the founding era presidents, James Monroe sometimes is seen as somehow less illustrious than his predecessors. However, the fifth president of the United States oversaw a key transition in the country and undoubtedly left his mark on the country. Join me this week as I dive into the presidency of James Monroe.

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Jan. 8, 2022

Sojourner Truth: Part Two

This week I am finishing up the life of Sojourner Truth. As the country prepared for Civil War, Truth continued in her mission of preaching and advocating for what she believed was right. She became a national figure and was able to meet with several sitting presidents. Truth became a national symbol of abolition, women's suffrage and the ills of slavery. However she was committed to ensuring the betterment of her fellow former slaves and spent her later years working towards that goal. …

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Jan. 1, 2022

Sojourner Truth: Part One

Happy 2022! I wanted to start the year off by sharing the story of a strong woman from history. Born a slave in New York in 1797, Sojourner Truth lived what seems like ten lifetimes. From self emancipation to suing to rectify wrongs, Truth was a woman strong in her convictions and dedicated to her faith. So this week I am starting the life and times of Sojourner Truth.

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Dec. 25, 2021

Christmas in America

Happy Holidays Peeps! Join me this week as I dive into the history of the Christmas in America. From the Candy Cane to the Ugly Sweater, America has plenty of odd and interesting traditions during the holiday season, but where in the heck did they all come from? Tune in and find out! I also took some time in the episode to send love to some of my favorite shows - I hope you check them out.

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Dec. 18, 2021

The Alamo (Listener Request)

Let me just say - I love when you peeps give me topics to dive into! The Battle of the Alamo; likely one of the most iconic events in United States History. Filled with stories of patriotic duty, heroism and fighting against tyranny. Most people know about the thirteen day siege, however there is much more than meets the eye. Grab your cup of coffee and sit back as I chat about The Alamo. Thanks again to longtime listener Mike for the suggestion!

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Dec. 11, 2021

Immigration & The Steerage Act of 1819

Immigration policy in the United States is a hotly debated and discussed topic. However, as the country who proudly professes to be a nation of immigrants, just how did U.S. Immigration policy develop? This week, I start discussing the evolution go immigration policy in the United States with the passage and impact of the Steerage Act of 1819.

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Dec. 4, 2021

The Seminole War

As the United States continued to be dedicated to expanding its borders and territory, many indigenous and escaped enslaved individuals sought refuge in the Spanish held territory of Florida. Uncomfortable with the alliances made and desperate to attain the landmass to the south, the United States began a dedicated campaign to destroy indigenous settlements and led the Spanish to relinquish their control of the territory. Tune in as I dive into the Seminole War of 1818 and what impacts …

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Nov. 27, 2021

Watergate (with Hashtag History)

It is one of the most infamous political scandals in United States history; a massive conspiracy to spy on political rivals, influence voters and secure the presidential victory of one man, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Watergate is such a large and widespread political cover up, I couldn't possibly do it on my own. So this week, I asked the fabulous ladies Rachel and Leah from Hashtag History to help break down this infamous piece of political history. And follo…

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Nov. 20, 2021

Presidentress: Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison is one of the most treasured and popular first ladies in American history. However most of her story has been clouded with half truths and urban legend. This week, I dive into the life and times of Madison and try to get behind some of the myths surrounding the famous first lady.

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Nov. 13, 2021

James Madison: The Presidency

Tune in this week as I chat about the presidency of one of the most gifted political minds of the founding era, James Madison. Given all the work he put into the creation of the republic, it was never a question of if but when Madison would take the reins. So why is his presidency seen as kind of a dud? Tune in as I dive into this and more.

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Nov. 6, 2021

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend

This week I am diving into the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Facing a continued onslaught of new white settlers and constant betrayal by the United States government, several members of the Creek Tribal Confederacy wanted to take a defiant stance against those invading their territory. However, others were more willing to engage with the white men and women, hoping to balance their culture with their own. The result was a civil war among the nations, exploited in the fight known as Horseshoe Be…

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Oct. 30, 2021

The Donner Party

It's almost Halloween, which means - it's time for a haunted edition of Civics & Coffee. This week I am diving into the trials, tribulations and downright horror that was the cross country journey of the Donner Party. There is cannibalism, sure. But there is also so much more.

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Oct. 23, 2021

The Great Quakes

Did you know the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was not the largest to hit the United States? Tune in as I discover a series of devastating earthquakes, known as the New Madrid Earthquake Sequence. For a few months in 1811 and 1812, residents of the small community were left helpless as the ground beneath their feet shook violently, destroying property and altering the geological landscape.

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Oct. 16, 2021

Black Cemeteries (Listener Request)

This week's episode comes as the result of a listener request! Someone asked me to review the history of black cemeteries in the United States. As Africans were imported to this country, their dead bodies were often discarded in undesirable locations of the property of those who claimed ownership of them. While their place of rest may have changed, the overall treatment of their remains remained questionable at best.  These historic burial plots have gone mostly unprotected and poorly m…

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Oct. 9, 2021

The Uprising: The Slave Revolt of 1811

Can you name the largest slave revolt in United States history? If you're thinking Nat Turner, try again. This week I am diving into the little known revolt of 1811, the largest slave revolt in American history. Estimated forces of up to 500 strong marched towards New Orleans, determined to free themselves and their brethren from the chains of slavery. Episode marked explicit due to the violence covered in the episode. Exercise caution with younger listeners.

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Oct. 2, 2021

Banning the Trade, Not the Practice

This week I am discussing Congress' decision to eliminate the international slave trade in 1808. While a key first step in the abolition of chattel slavery, the federal law did little to blunt the spread of slavery throughout the country. Protected by federal law, the domestic slave trade flourished, leading to the forced migration of millions of human beings.

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Sept. 25, 2021

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

Join me this week as I dive into the presidential administration of one of our most complicated and controversial figures, Thomas Jefferson. A man filled with contradictions, Jefferson could be both a brilliant visionary and a walking hypocrite. He supported limited government, until the Louisiana Purchase; opposed the Alien and Sedition Acts until he was attacked. Complex and challenging, Jefferson remains one of the most interesting and controversial figures in American history.

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