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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
    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
    One Man Left Standing

    One Man Left Standing

    Year(s) Discussed: 1803-1804

    While diplomatic disagreements occupied the attention of the Jefferson administration, Vice President Aaron Burr was occupied with a dispute of a more personal matter in the aftermath of his failed gubernatorial bid. Alexander Hamilton’s opposition to his campaign did not go unnoticed, and Burr was determined to have Hamilton answer for his words, one way or another. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Image: “Duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.” [c. 1901], courtesy of Wikipedia

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

    • 41 min
    A Death in the Family

    A Death in the Family

    Year(s) Discussed: 1803-1804

    While Vice President Burr worked to secure his political future in his bid for the New York governorship and New England Federalists plotted to separate from the Union, the Jefferson family suffered the untimely loss of one of its members in the early months of 1804. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, both the British and the French governments went through reorganizations that would impact their relations with the United States for years to come. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

    Featured Image: “US postage stamp commemorating Monticello, Issue of 1956, 20c” by US Post Office [1 Jan 1956], courtesy of Wikipedia

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

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 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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