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Jan. 30, 2021

A Man of Science: The Life of Benjamin Banneker

Very little is known about the first black inventor, scientist and part time surveyor, Benjamin Banneker. However, what is known is infinitely fascinating. This week, I discuss the life of Benjamin Banneker. From growing up o...

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Jan. 23, 2021

Apollo 11 - Part Two

This week I wrap up my two part series on the mission to put the first man on the moon, Apollo 11. In this episode, I give you the history of the three man team that made up Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and ...

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Jan. 16, 2021

Apollo 11 - Part One (Listener Request)

The first part of a two part series running down the history the first man to ever walk on the moon. Learn all about how NASA was created and how one became an astronaut.

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Jan. 9, 2021

Articles of Confederation - Doomed From the Start

An episode all about our first draft of government - the Articles of Confederation! Including what led to it's eventual failure.

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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 a...

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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 an...

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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 d...

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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! Source...

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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 h...

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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 the...

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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 pro...

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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 Stat...

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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 ...

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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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