Season 1

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 ...

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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 territo...

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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....

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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 th...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 on...

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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 e...

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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. S...

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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...

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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 Po...

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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...

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