U.S. History to 1800. Selected podcast episodes about topics in American history, from earliest history until about 1800.
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We know that John Hancock was a wealthy merchant and prominent politician, but did you know that his suit reveals even more about his life and personality than the documents and portraits he left behind? Museum professional and textiles expert Kimberly Alexander joins us to explore the world of 18th-century fashion and material culture and what objects like John Hancock’s suit communicate about the past.
Kimberly Alexander, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 24
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Marcia Zug, a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina Law School and author of Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail Order Matches, joins us to explore one of the solutions that England and France used to build their North American colonies.
Marcia Zug, Ben Franklin’s World, Episode 120
Not only did the war pit Briton against Briton, it also pit American against American. But what happened to the Americans who lost? Bonnie Huskins, coordinator of Loyalist Studies at the University of New Brunswick, joins us to explore the experiences of the American Loyalists.
Bonnie Huskins, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 85
What did it mean to be a citizen during the late-18th and early-19th centuries? Why and how did early American sailors seem intent on proving their citizenship to the United States?
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 76
An exploration of how colonists and British imperial officers viewed the colonies and their place within the British Empire during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Abigail Swingen, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 36
As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast ‘Presidential’ reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series exploring the Constitution and the people who framed and reframed it – revolutionaries, abolitionists, suffragists, teetotalers, protesters, justices, presidents.
Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post
Historian Sean Munger shines a light on the personal and family stories of King George and the British royals during the 1810s, including eyewitness accounts of the King’s condition and his often curious behavior.
Sean Munger, Second Decade Episode 19
Why did England want to establish colonies in North America and how did Englishmen go about establishing them? Malcolm Gaskill, Professor and author of Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans.
Malcolm Gaskill, Ben Franklin Episode 49
Law and order stood as a sign of civilization for many 17th-century Europeans, which is why some of the first European settlers in North America created systems of law and order in their new homeland.
Abby Chandler, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 69
We explore the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 in depth with Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.
Bruce M. Venter, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 71
We explore the life of Charity Folks, an enslaved woman from Maryland who gained her freedom in the late-18th century. Our guide is the author of Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black Women in Maryland.
Jessica Millward, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 89
Eugene Tesdahl discusses the business of smuggling in colonial North America and his involvement with living history as a French and Indian War-era re-enactor.
Eugene Tesdahl, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 21
They discuss the Bill of Rights, including its antecedents in British history and the colonial context, the politics that brought it about, and its legacy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers, The Junto Episode 21
We explore espionage during the American Revolution and the origins and operations of the Culper Spy Ring with Alexander Rose, author and a historian, writer, and producer for AMC’s television drama TURN.
Alexander Rose, Ben Franklin’s World Episode 65
It’s estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the population still remained loyal to the British Crown at the end of the Revolution. So what became of these loyalists who suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of history?
Maya Jasanoff, NPR 2015