Episodes

Sept. 19, 2020

Witchcraft in Massachusetts - The Salem Witch Trials

This week - by special request from a listener - I take a deep dive into the most infamous witch hunt in United States history - the Salem Witch Trials. I talk about how the accusations started, how the hysteria spread and one of the methods used to test whether someone was bewitched - be warned; it's gross. Grab your coffee - let's do it! Sources Used in This Episode: Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England by John Demos Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706…

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Sept. 12, 2020

The Bacon Rebellion

This week I am talking about the Bacon Rebellion. Nathaniel Bacon, a Virginia planter focused on unlimited expansion, would go on to lead the first popular revolt in the colonies. The rebellion itself was short, but in this episode I talk about who Bacon was and why his revolt is viewed as important in American History. Sources Used This Episode: You Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned by Kenneth C. Davis

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Sept. 5, 2020

Women in Activism - Mary Dyer & the Boston Martyrs

This week I am talking about Mary Dyer - one of the first activists in colonial America. I will talk about who Dyer was, why she is infamous and what the Boston Martyrs were. Enjoy your cup of coffee with a side of history. Sources Used in Episode: Making Heretics by Michael P Winship

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Aug. 29, 2020

John Punch & the Emergence of Slavery

This week, I talk about the emergence of slavery in the new colonies. I review the transition of desired labor from indentured servants to slave labor and a how court case and early laws helped codify chattel slavery into the fabric of the nation. Sources in this Episode: These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn You Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned by Kenn…

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Aug. 22, 2020

Colonies, Colonies - But Not Plymouth

This week I tackle the first attempts at English colonization in the new world including the mysteries surrounding Roanoke and the beginnings of Jamestown. I also touch on a few key players made famous like John Smith and Pocahontas. Grab your coffee and enjoy! Sources for this Episode: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn You Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned By Kenneth C. Davis

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Aug. 15, 2020

1492? Says Who?

Welcome to Civics and Coffee! In my premiere episode, I talk about the "beginnings" of America as it is commonly taught in school - including the discovery of North America, the indigenous people who were here before European contact and why Columbus gets so much credit. All in the time it takes to enjoy your morning coffee! Sources for this Episode: Changes in the Land by William Cronon 1491 by Charles C. Mann

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Aug. 10, 2020

Civics & Coffee - An Introduction

This episode is all about what Civics and Coffee is and what you can expect when you subscribe. If you want to leave suggestions for future episodes, leave a comment or email me at civicscoffeepod@gmail.com

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