100 episodes

The Whiskey Rebellion is a history podcast hosted by Frank Cogliano and David Silkenat. Frank and David teach American history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

The Whiskey Rebellion David Silkenat and Frank Cogliano

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    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

The Whiskey Rebellion is a history podcast hosted by Frank Cogliano and David Silkenat. Frank and David teach American history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

    Whiskey Rebellion 143: Suburban Lifestyle Dream

    Whiskey Rebellion 143: Suburban Lifestyle Dream

    In recent weeks, President Trump has claimed that the suburbs would wither under a Biden administration. Frank and David talk about the history of the suburbs and unpack what Trump means when he talks about a "Suburban Lifestyle Dream".
    Last Drops
    Frank: Dirk Hayhurst, Out of My League
    David: Umbrella Academy

    • 58 min
    Whiskey Rebellion 142: Not Made By Slaves

    Whiskey Rebellion 142: Not Made By Slaves

    Frank and David are joined by Bronwen Everill to talk about her new book Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition. They discuss how ideas about ethical consumption shaped the Atlantic World. 
    Hear Frank talk about his research on Thomas Jefferson and George Washington's friendship.

    • 52 min
    Whiskey Rebellion 141: Reason to Fear and to Hope

    Whiskey Rebellion 141: Reason to Fear and to Hope

    Inspired by a recent Joanne Freemen article in the Atlantic, Frank and David take a step back to look at the panoply of political and cultural crises Americans face and what historians can say about the present.
    Last Drops
    Frank: new book by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
    David: WP article on Civil War forts in DC and NYT piece by Martha Jones about her grandmother and voting
     

    • 42 min
    Whiskey Rebellion 140: Running Mates

    Whiskey Rebellion 140: Running Mates

    With the imminent announcement of Joe Biden's choice of running mate, Frank and David talk about the history of VP selection, including thoughts about the best and worst choices.
    Last Drops
    Frank: Christine Hauser's article on 1918 "mask-slackers" in NYT.
    David: Geoguessr

    • 54 min
    Whiskey Rebellion 139: Party Time!

    Whiskey Rebellion 139: Party Time!

    Summer in an election year usually means it's time for party nominating conventions, but COVID-19 has caused both the DNC and RNC to delay and modify their 2020 conventions. Frank and David talk about the history of party conventions, how they've changed over time, and what the future might hold.
     
    Last Drops
    Frank: It Was Simple podcast
    David: new discovery on first humans in the Americas 

    • 51 min
    Whiskey Rebellion 138: SHEAR Madness

    Whiskey Rebellion 138: SHEAR Madness

    Frank and David discuss Daniel Feller's controversial SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) plenary session on the parallels between Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson. They examine the content of Feller's printed and spoken paper, the composition of the panel, the problems with the Q&A, and what this says about the future of SHEAR and scholarly societies more broadly.
     
    The text of Feller's paper (password: Jackson2020)
    The video of the panel
    SHEAR President Doug Egerton's statement
    Advisory Council statement
     
    Last Drops
    David: NPR story on Lincoln's hat
    Frank: Age of Jackson podcast

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

DJS!! ,

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I have just started listening and I love it! Professors Silkenat and Cogliano are intelligent and entertaining and very informative. Their perspectives are refreshing and they make a great pair. I'm an Edinburgh student and I intend to take their Making of the USA course this year so I'm glad that they are great teachers. Also, Johnnie Walker Black for a whisky suggestion!

mrdavidwelsh ,

Great podcast on US history and contemporary politics

Really recommend these podcasts - not just to those with an interest in US history but to anyone who wants some context for current US politics. It's obvious too that Frank and David are enjoying giving up an hour or two of their week to pull these together.

History Katie ,

This is great

Highly recommended. This feels like (and is!) an intimate conversation between friends at the pub. Love the way contemporary events are given historical context. The last drop section has provided much further reading/viewing/watching. I have told my students to listen to this.

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