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This podcast is devoted to exploring presidential history from the founding of the office in 1789 on through the present day. I plan to take a systematic approach to both the people and the events that have shaped and reshaped each administration and the office in general.

Presidencies of the United States Jerry Landry

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This podcast is devoted to exploring presidential history from the founding of the office in 1789 on through the present day. I plan to take a systematic approach to both the people and the events that have shaped and reshaped each administration and the office in general.

    Unprecedented Part I

    Unprecedented Part I

    Year(s) Discussed: 1800-1801, 1816-1825, 1860-1864

    While some presidential elections function in much the same way as others of the time, there are those select few that reshape the process or are noteworthy for being unique in some way. In the next two episodes of the special series, I will be examining four presidential elections that stand out to me as unprecedented. In this episode, I start with the election of 1824 which saw a four way match up between Secretary of State John Adams, Secretary of the Treasury William Crawford, Speaker of the House Henry Clay, and Senator Andrew Jackson. The remainder of the episode is devoted to the election of 1864 which saw President Abraham Lincoln running for reelection against his challenger, General George McClellan. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Images: “Abraham Lincoln” by George Peter Alexander Healy [c. 1869], courtesy of Wikipedia and “George Brinton McClellan” by Julian Scott [c. 1888], courtesy of Wikipedia

    • 44 min
    Up River, Down River

    Up River, Down River

    Content Note: This episode mentions the topic of suicide.

    Year(s) Discussed: 1802-1803

    As the Jefferson administration awaited word on the outcome of Monroe’s mission to France, the territorial governors and government agents in the western US dealt with various issues including labor shortages, troubled relations with neighboring indigenous nations, and the economic chaos caused by the port of New Orleans being closed to American shipping. To the east, the President and his Cabinet worked with Meriwether Lewis to prepare him for the planned transcontinental expedition as news came from across the Atlantic that would reshape the United States forever. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Image: “William C. C. Claiborne, Governor of Louisiana” [c. early 19th century], courtesy of Wikipedia 

    Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band

     

    • 34 min
    Transition Gone Wrong

    Transition Gone Wrong

    Year(s) Discussed: 1875-1877

    Though the US takes pride in the regular practice of peaceful transitions of power from one presidency to the next, sometimes the transition is not quite so peaceful, especially when the results are in dispute. Such was the case in the aftermath of the presidential election of 1876 where, for months, allegations flew back and forth, political leaders across the nation exerted their influence in favor of their chosen candidate, members of both parties prepared for armed confrontation, and no one could predict whether Samuel J Tilden or Rutherford B Hayes would end up being the nineteenth president of the United States. Source notes for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Images: “Rutherford B Hayes” [c. 1865-1880], courtesy of Wikipedia and “Samuel Jones Tilden” [c. 1860-1886], courtesy of Wikipedia

    • 1 hr 9 min
    What's Next

    What's Next

    Year(s) Discussed: 1801-1805

    As James Monroe set off for his new special mission to Spain, a new congressional session began with Democratic-Republicans aiming to settle a long-standing issue as well as put their mark on the judiciary branch. However, they would find that their plans quickly went awry, and the events of early 1805 would have impacts on Jefferson’s second term and beyond. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Image: “John Randolph” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1804-1805], courtesy of Wikipedia

    Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band

    • 46 min
    Truth and Consequences

    Truth and Consequences

    Year(s) Discussed: 1803-1805

    With a presidential election looming, the Jefferson administration had to consider how to wrap up the first term and transition to the second. For some, that meant moving into new positions. For others, retirement was in their future. As the campaign worked to rally the public, the decisions of 1804 made at home and abroad would have far-reaching consequences. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Images: “Thomas Jefferson” by Rembrandt Peale [c. 1800], courtesy of Wikipedia and “George Clinton” by Ezra Ames [c. 1814], courtesy of Wikipedia

    Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band

    • 45 min
    Unprecedented Part III: 1968

    Unprecedented Part III: 1968

    Year(s) Discussed: 1907-1968

    In a year of domestic unrest, social strife, and uncertainty at home and abroad, the United States prepared for a presidential election in 1968. Little did they know that it would be a contest unlike any other. In the midst of a turbulent campaign, political norms were challenged, rivalries were intensified, and the only guarantee was that a new chapter in American history would emerge after all the votes were in. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Image: “Lyndon Johnson meets with Presidential candidate Richard Nixon at the White House” by Yoichi Okamoto [26 Jul 1968], courtesy of Wikipedia

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    • 3 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

PloddingThroughThePresidents ,

Scholarly but accessible

Meticulously-researched and related in an entertaining, narrative way by a passionate writer. Truly excellent history for those looking for a deep dive. Dive in!

Wining About Herstory ,

How Did I Not Know This?

This podcast is informative, well researched, and entertaining! I'm constantaly wondering 'how did I not know this??' espeically as an American listener. I feel I'm gaining a better understanding of our country's political history and able to better understand current events! Keep up the great work!

ThugsAndMiracles ,

Cuts through the myths

‪Jerry paints a picture of the U.S. Founders that is engaging, provocative, and stripped of the mythology that often clouds our understanding. The podcast is great history and a fun listen! ‬

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