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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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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. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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    Presidential Assassinations | Murder for Spoils

    Presidential Assassinations | Murder for Spoils

    This episode comes out for free on 12/07, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    "On April 14th, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died hours later, shocking the war-torn nation and becoming the first President to be assassinated in office. But he would not be the last.
    Sixteen years later, no action had been taken to protect the commander-in-chief. When James Garfield became president in March 1881, a disturbed and delusional former lawyer demanded a position in the new administration. Furious over his rejection, he began to stalk Garfield, determined to exact deadly revenge." See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Outbreak

    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Outbreak

    In the hot and humid summer of 1793, a deadly epidemic struck Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States. Thousands suffered high fevers, yellow skin, and bloody vomit. Many died within days.




    At first, the cause of the illnesses was a mystery. Then the city’s leading physician, Dr. Benjamin Rush, identified it as yellow fever, one of the era’s deadliest diseases. Panic soon spread through Philadelphia. Schools, stores, and churches shut their doors, as the epidemic began to threaten the stability of the young nation.

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    • 38 min
    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Fears & Falsehoods

    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Fears & Falsehoods

    In September 1793, yellow fever continued to ravage Philadelphia. As the death toll mounted, Dr. Benjamin Rush raced to find a cure. Rush used an aggressive and controversial treatment to battle the grisly disease, sparking a political backlash. Soon Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and President George Washington were forced to flee the disease, leaving government on the verge of collapse. But the Mayor of Philadelphia, and ordinary citizens, stepped in to try to save their city from ruin.

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    • 42 min
    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Friends We Have Lost

    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | Friends We Have Lost

    In 1793, Philadelphia served as the nation’s temporary capital, and the yellow fever epidemic crippled the federal government. After fleeing the capital, President George Washington struggled to make decisions and govern the young nation. Meanwhile, Philadelphia was running out of space to bury the dead. With the epidemic growing in strength, crime soared and jobless tenants were evicted from their homes. But soon, relief would come from an unexpected source.

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    • 39 min
    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | The Great Debate

    Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 | The Great Debate

    The yellow fever epidemic of 1793 posed one of the greatest threats to the young United States. Doctors and scientists couldn’t agree on the cause or the treatment. They split into factions and debated their theories publicly. On today’s show, Thomas Apel, historian and author of Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds: Science and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American Republic, joins host Lindsay Graham to discuss how science, religion and politics were intertwined in the controversy surrounding the epidemic.

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    • 37 min
    The Age of Pirates | A Gold Chain Or A Wooden Leg

    The Age of Pirates | A Gold Chain Or A Wooden Leg

    At the end of the 17th century, pirates stalked the coast of North America and the waters of the Caribbean, attacking merchant vessels from every nation. But they were more than just armed robbers of the high seas. They were also crucial figures in the growth of England’s American colonies, supplying them with vital goods that were often unavailable otherwise. 




    One of these early pirates, Captain Thomas Tew, hailed from the bustling port city of Newport, Rhode Island. Soon he would cruise halfway around the world to the Red Sea, lured by stories of riches beyond his wildest dreams.

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

FionaJane2017 ,

Love

Love Lindsay Graham’s podcasts he is the best. Could listen to him reading a boring television manual.

Nattyg113 ,

Great - as usual

Love this hosts podcasts

antoniosk ,

Really really interesting and thoroughly engrossing

I enjoy listening to Lindsays series American Scandal, and American History is just as good... very rich and very engaging

America can seem thoroughly bonkers to those who don’t live there, but listening to these stories reveals an astonishing level of detail that really does delve into how some of the more bizarre came to be.

Prohibition and the Cold War especially so - those two alone do so much to put current politics into frightening perspective.

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