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A biweekly discussion dedicated to American History, historical thinking, and the role of history in our every day lives. Hosted by historian John Fea

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: American History, Religion, Politics, and Academic life. Recorded History Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 89 Ratings

A biweekly discussion dedicated to American History, historical thinking, and the role of history in our every day lives. Hosted by historian John Fea

    Episode 76: Howard Thurman: Theologian, Mystic, Activist

    Episode 76: Howard Thurman: Theologian, Mystic, Activist

    Howard Thurman was a mid-20th century theologian, writer, activist, and mystic who had a profound influence on the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Thurman's writings--especially his 1949 work Jesus and the Disinherited--provided an intellectual and spiritual guide to those trying to make sense of an era of racial and social unrest. Our guest in this episode is historian Paul Harvey, the author of Howard Thurman & The Disinherited: A Religious Biography (Eerdmans, 2020).
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    • 51 min
    Episode 75: The Jefferson Bible

    Episode 75: The Jefferson Bible

    Did you know that Thomas Jefferson edited a copy of the Christian gospels? In this episode, Smithsonian curator and author Peter Manseau joins us to talk about the so-called "Jefferson Bible" or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. We explore Jefferson's religious beliefs and how his "Bible" was appropriated by later generations.
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    • 44 min
    Episode 74: An Independent Woman in Revolutionary America

    Episode 74: An Independent Woman in Revolutionary America

    In this episode we talk with historian Lorri Glover about Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a South Carolina woman who lived through the American Revolution in South Carolina. Pinckney's story sheds light on gender, agriculture, politics, and slavery in this era and unsettles many common assumptions regarding the place and power of women in the eighteenth century.
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    • 56 min
    Episode 73: Cowboy Evangelicalism

    Episode 73: Cowboy Evangelicalism

    What does it mean to be a man in white evangelical Christianity? In this episode we talk with historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. We discuss definitions of masculinity, the Gospel Coalition, Beth Moore, Donald Trump, the 2016 election, the differences between White and Black views of Christian manhood, and how the thesis of her book might be applied to American evangelical culture during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 72: Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump, and the Upending of SHEAR

    Episode 72: Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump, and the Upending of SHEAR

    In this episode we talk with Daniel Feller, the editor of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. We discuss his work as a documentary editor, the uses of Andrew Jackson in the age of Trump, and a controversial paper he recently delivered at the annual meeting of the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Writing History for Young Readers

    Writing History for Young Readers

    Have you ever wanted to write a children's, middle-grade, or young adult history book? How do you get started? What is the process like? Do I need an agent? In this episode, we talk about writing history for young readers with former Smithsonian educator and author Tim Grove. Tim is the author, most recently, of Star Spangled: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem. Learn more about his work at TimGrove.Net
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

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John Fea All Day

Prof. John Fea of Messiah College is a unique thinker and historical scholar who goes into the weeds concerning different topics like politics and religion. Speaking with his brash Jersey accent, Fea interviews intriguing guests and presents interesting historical points.

I encourage everyone to listen to this podcast because the way of improvement does indeed lead home!

bradapeters ,

Wonderfully informative!

as a high school AP US History teacher, Fea's podcast is very informative and interesting! I love the breadth of the topics, and this compelling conversations with the historians he invites on.

Joe From GR ,

Turn it up!

TWofILH has quickly turned into my go-to podcasts when I jump in the car or go to the gym.

John Fea has a way of leading this podcast like a great quarterback in the 4th quarter. His knowledge and insight is outstanding. He really gives off the vibe of a real “Guy’s Guy”. Someone you can go to that can entertain through teaching

All in all the best way to describe John Fea on TWofILH is by quoting the great Rakim, “I’m internationally known when I be on the mic”

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