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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind American Scandal, Tides of History, American Innovations and more.
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    • 4.8 • 210 Ratings

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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind American Scandal, Tides of History, American Innovations and more.
New episodes come out every Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    Encore: The Walker Affair | The Gray-Eyed Man of Destiny

    Encore: The Walker Affair | The Gray-Eyed Man of Destiny

    In the mid-1800s, the United States was full of adventurers and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of the country’s ever-expanding boundaries. One of them was a young lawyer and newspaper editor from Tennessee named William Walker. Hoping to establish his own republic, like Texas, Walker became a “filibuster” – a mercenary who attempts to colonize foreign lands without government authorization. He set his sights on a remote corner of Mexico, on the Baja Peninsula. But Walker’s ragtag band of soldiers-for-hire quickly ran afoul of the Mexican authorities.  




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    • 42 min
    Encore: The Walker Affair | Nicaragua's Yankee President

    Encore: The Walker Affair | Nicaragua's Yankee President

    In 1855, William Walker faced a criminal trial in the United States for his illegal, and unsuccessful, invasion of Mexico. But he emerged from court fully acquitted, and to some, a national hero. Emboldened by his popularity, Walker set his sights on a new prize: Nicaragua, which had become a critical transit route between east and west.




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    • 42 min
    Encore: The Walker Affair | The Last Filibuster

    Encore: The Walker Affair | The Last Filibuster

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    When he escaped Nicaragua in 1857, American William Walker was a failed despot responsible for the death of thousands of people and the destabilization of Central America. But he returned to New Orleans with fanfare, greeted by cheering crowds and parades. Soon Walker vowed to return to Central America to take back control of his empire. But his final, daring invasion would end in disaster.

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    Civil War | The Gathering Storm

    Civil War | The Gathering Storm

    Over the first decades of the 19th century, Americans fought over whether slavery should be allowed to expand into newly settled western territories. The debate grew so fierce that it led to a bloody attack right on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Many believed that the fight over slavery had made the bonds of union more brittle than ever. 




    Then, in 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the presidency with a promise to keep slavery out of the West. Lincoln’s victory was the tipping point. One by one, Southern states took steps to sever their ties to the Union, and America hurtled down the path to Civil War.

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    Civil War | First Blood

    Civil War | First Blood

    On April 19th, 1861, an angry mob of Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore tried to stop a regiment of Union soldiers rushing to protect the capitol. Soon, four soldiers and 12 locals lay dead, and dozens more were wounded. It was the first blood spilled in what would become the Civil War.




    Soon, Union and Confederate soldiers marched into their first major battle. Both sides were confident of a quick, decisive victory. But the bloodiest war in U.S. history was just beginning. 

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    • 42 min
    Civil War | Emancipation

    Civil War | Emancipation

    The Civil War began as an effort to hold the country together. Few Northern soldiers marched into battle to end slavery. But tens of thousands of enslaved men, women, and children took matters into their own hands, using the chaos of the war to free themselves from bondage. Their action forced a gradual shift in Union war policy.




    After a bloody, hard-fought victory over Confederate forces at Antietam, Abraham Lincoln decided the time had come for what was once unthinkable: a proclamation that would end slavery for good.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

clocopodcast ,

Great Show

Love this, looked high and low for some easy listening, engaging, non-conversational (interviews) history show and this is perfect, really enjoyable. It gives great context with small details to really humanise it.

graeme89 ,

Wonderful

AHT is a wonderfully rich and human history podcast. They go into great detail on every topic without it ever getting dull. Lindsay’s dramatised vignettes are exceptionally well done and immersing. I’m only disappointed that I’ve now listened to every episode and that they don’t produce them as fast as I consume them.

Rambler from Manchester way ,

Consistently accurate

Just wish they had the bravery to compare these past times to the present day situation in Palestine but they’re American so they have to be complicit in the Israeli land grab, after all nothing could be more American than racist settlers stealing land from indigenous peoples , right?

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