Jan. 2, 2021

The Revolution & Slavery - All Men Created Equal?

This episode focuses on the institution and attitude surrounding slavery in the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution. The new republic just battled to earn their independence - but what about those who were denied such freedom?

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Dec. 31, 2020

2020: What a Decade this Year Has Been - BONUS Episode

Let's celebrate the end of this decade.. I mean year with a review of all the historical stuff that went down in 2020, shall we? From Kobe Bryant to impeachment; fires to COVID, 2020 grabbed our attention from the beginning and made sure we never stopped worrying. Come hang with me as I salute the end of the year and welcome 2021. Sources Used This Episode: Australia fires: A Visual guide to the bushfire crisis. BBC.com ( LINK ) Novel Corona Virus - China. The World Health Organization. ( LINK …

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Dec. 26, 2020

The American Revolution - Impacts

An overview on the impact of the American Revolution for those most forgotten in history - including a story of the first female soldier to earn a military pension.

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Dec. 19, 2020

Propaganda With a Legacy - The Declaration of Independence

This episode breaks down one of the most iconic documents in American History - the Declaration of Independence. A document that has served as our guiding light throughout history, I share the history of this document and how it started out as a piece of propaganda meant to drum up support for the ongoing war.

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Dec. 12, 2020

The Culper Spy Ring, Part 2

Listen in this week as I wrap up part two on the history of the Culper Spy Ring. This week focuses on the story that made the ring most famous - the discovery of the treasonous behavior by Benedict Arnold.

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Dec. 5, 2020

The Culper Spy Ring, Part 1

Did you know the founding father commonly known as the man who could not tell a lie was responsible for the development of a network of spies during the American Revolution? General George Washington, desperate to outsmart and outmaneuver the British, deployed a series of spies to feed him the information he so desperately needed. So just what this spy ring? What did they do? Tune in and find out. Sources Used This Episode: George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Re…

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Nov. 28, 2020

World's Fair Part 3 - The Conclusion

We've made it! Listen with me as I talk about the final leg of the history of the World's Fair. This week's episode covers the New York and San Francisco fairs of 1939, the Disney influenced fair of 1964 and how the U.S was determined to make their Seattle World's Fair a showcase of American resolve to win the space race. Next week I return to regular programming and will take us back to the American Revolution. Thanks everyone!

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Nov. 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving (Bonus Episode)

You all have shown me so much love I wanted to return the favor with a special bonus episode all about Thanksgiving. Thank you to all of who you have listened thus far. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday! Sources Used This Episode: The History of Thanksgiving, History.com ( LINK ) Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving, Britannica.com, ( LINK ) The History of Pumpkin Pie, History.com ( LINK ) The Real History of Black Friday, ( LINK )

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Nov. 21, 2020

World's Fair Part 2 - Chicago, St. Louis & San Francisco

In this week's episode, I wrap up the 1893 Chicago World's Fair including the brief story of a serial killer, H.H Holmes and dive into both St. Louis and San Francisco's first shot at hosting their own event. St. Louis vied hard to ensure no one else competed with their fair and fought to have the Summer Olympics held on site and away from the original host city - Chicago. I end this episode where I began - back in Chicago; albeit under a different set of circumstances for the 1933 Centennial W…

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Nov. 14, 2020

The World's Fair - Part 1 (Listener Request)

Shout out to listener Stacey who reached out and ask that I cover the history of the World's Fairs in the United States. There have been A LOT of them - and a lot of cool and amazing advancements have come about thanks to these demonstrations of new ideas, inventions and national pride. So much, in fact, that this will be a multi-part episode. This week I cover the origins of World's Fairs, what brought them to the United States and how they differed from their counterparts. Enjoy! Sources Used…

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Nov. 7, 2020

The Rebel Rousers

John Adams, John Hancock and... Josiah Quincy? This week I talk about three of the many individuals who participated in the run up to the American Revolution. All three men knew each other throughout their lives and their proximation to Boston could be seen as one of the reasons Massachusetts gets all the revolutionary ink. Grab your coffee and hang with me while I dive into the roles these rebels played. Sources Used This Episode: American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams and Quincy Families Fan…

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Nov. 3, 2020

BONUS EPISODE - Election Day - A Voting History

Happy Voting day! I couldn't pass up the opportunity to give you all a bonus episode on one of the most historic civic duties in American history - voting. This is an episode all about the history of voting in the United States. I will cover how many individuals fought for the right to vote and why your ability to exercise your franchise may not be as protected as you may think. I chat about the 15th, 19th and 24th Amendments as well as the Snyder Act and the history behind the term "grandfathe…

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Oct. 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone! I know I mentioned talking about the rebels of the revolution in from Boycott to Bloodshed, but I took an offramp from the normal linear history path to share some background on Halloween in America. From the Celtic origins of the Samhain festival to the history of Haunted Houses, I touch on a few of the things that make Halloween the best holiday of the year. I even ventured into a little true crime with the Candy Man murder. Enjoy! I will return next week with the promised epi…

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Oct. 24, 2020

From Boycott to Bloodshed

This week I am going to talk about the actions - and reactions - that lead to the American Revolution. After experiencing success in the French and Indian war, Great Britain was in need of cash to help protect the new territory and pay for the costs of the extended war. The colonists, on the other hand, were not used to being asked for taxes from Parliament and rebelled at every turn - including smuggling to avoid the tax man. Did you know there was a Liberty Tree where people would protest the…

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Oct. 17, 2020

Mother of African American Literature - Phillis Wheatley

This week I am going to talk about a woman who literally wrote her way to freedom, Phillis Wheatley. Kidnapped from Africa as a small child, Wheatley would gain fame and notoriety as a result of creative writing capabilities. Wheatley was able to meet some of the most infamous men of her time including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. So why is it we know so little about her? Listen to this weeks episode and find out. Sources Used This Episode: Phillis Wheatley Historical …

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Oct. 10, 2020

A History of Debates

I asked - you answered! This week I am going to give you a run down of the history of political debates in American History. Did you know the first televised presidential debate was between two women and was 4 years before the infamous 1960 Kennedy / Nixon debates? Listen for this and much more on this week's listener requested episode of the history of debates. Sources Used This Episode: The Commission on Presidential Debates: Debate History LINK: https://www.debates.org/debate-history/1960-de…

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Oct. 3, 2020

She Boss - The Elizabeth Murray Story

This week I am telling the story of a female shopkeeper - Elizabeth Murray Campbell Smith Inman. A Scot by birth, Murray would cross the Atlantic and set herself on a path of economic security not typical for the women of her time. Elizabeth's story is fascinating - from her multiple voyages across the ocean, to her multiple prenuptial agreements and her mentorship of other women - Murray's story is one of independence, fortitude and service. Sources Used This Episode: Elizabeth Murray: A Woman…

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Sept. 26, 2020

First Comes War...

This week I am talking about the French and Indian war - a conflict seen as one of the catalysts for the American Revolution a few years later. This conflict over desired land expansion would lead to Great Britain's increase in territory, but see the beginnings of Britain's loss of colonial support. Also - did you know the French Indian War is known by many different names? Grab your coffee and enjoy. Sources Used This Episode: The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn These Trut…

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