39 episodes

From Washington to Obama, 10 American Presidents a podcast narrated by guest hosts. The life and legacy of an American President. Each show is intercut with music and where possible archive news clips or dramatisations to set a feeling of place and time.
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10 American Presidents Podcast Roifield Brown

    • Society & Culture

From Washington to Obama, 10 American Presidents a podcast narrated by guest hosts. The life and legacy of an American President. Each show is intercut with music and where possible archive news clips or dramatisations to set a feeling of place and time.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Ep:9 The Monroe Doctrine - Zack Twamley - When Diplomacy Fails

    Ep:9 The Monroe Doctrine - Zack Twamley - When Diplomacy Fails

    The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy regarding domination of the Americas in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonise land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention. The Doctrine was issued in 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved or were at the point of gaining independence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires. The United States, working in agreement with Great Britain, wanted to guarantee that no European power would move in. President James Monroe first stated the doctrine during his seventh annual State of the Union Address to Congress.
    The term "Monroe Doctrine" itself was coined in 1850. By the end of the 19th century, Monroe's declaration was seen as a defining moment in the foreign policy of the United States and one of its longest-standing tenets. It would be invoked by many U.S. statesmen and several U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and many others. The intent and impact of the Monroe Doctrine persisted with only minor variations for more than a century. Its stated objective was to free the newly independent colonies of Latin America from European intervention and avoid situations which could make the New World a battleground for the Old World powers, so that the United States could exert its own influence undisturbed. The doctrine asserted that the New World and the Old World were to remain distinctly separate spheres of influence, for they were composed of entirely separate and independent nations.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep: 16 Theodore Roosevelt - David Pietrusza

    Ep: 16 Theodore Roosevelt - David Pietrusza

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd Governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Ep: 17 Teddy Roosevelt Q and A with David Pietrusza

    Ep: 17 Teddy Roosevelt Q and A with David Pietrusza

    Steve VGuerra Given that it was a definitely possible that McKinley could have survived, what would have happened to TR?
    It’s hard not to think that TR would be against some domestic tenants of the Trump administration as he was against Trusts and pro conservation is his reputation as a Trust Buster deserved?
    Joe Jamsky I mostly just want to know how racist, and religious every president was, his impact on Natives and such?
    New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes was potentially a candidate to follow TR in 1908 who shared Roosevelt's progressivism, but Roosevelt disliked him and considered him to be too independent, why?
    The 1912 primaries represented the first extensive use of the presidential primary, why was this important for the progressive movement?
    Why did TR run as a third party candidate in 1912?
    Brent Hamoud What role did Elliot play?
    Niall Gargan I'd be interested to know a bit more about TR's relationship with FDR. Mostly looking at the reason why they are from opposing political parties. I know the old story that FDR ran as a Democrat simply because he said they asked to run for them in the state senate. I'm wondering how true this is or if the two family factions had a bigger part. I would have thought that FDR would have followed the same political ideology or had TR's troubles with the Republican Party in latter year dissuaded him from joining them?
    James R. Early If Roosevelt had survived long enough to run for president in 1920, do you think he would have won?
    If he had won in 1920 would he have continued the US isolationist policy after WW1?
    Joe Jamsky I would be curious to know if Roosevelt said anything interesting about the second amendment?
    Joe Jamsky Which president would win a WWE royal rumble?
    Brent Hamoud have we overlooked TR’s mind?
    Adam Vonnahme When was he happiest?
    Adam Vonnahme What was his legacy?

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP: 18 - Sarada Peri - Speechwriter for President Obama and the naturalization ceremony speech.

    EP: 18 - Sarada Peri - Speechwriter for President Obama and the naturalization ceremony speech.

    Sarada Peri is a speechwriter and communications strategist. She was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the White House, she was a Principal at West Wing Writers, where she worked with corporate, political and nonprofit clients on speechwriting, speech delivery, op-eds, books, and message strategy. She was also a member of the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams.
    As the political season heated up in the fall of 2015, the rhetoric against minorities and immigrants got ugly. Many people, including the White House, were concerned and even fearful. So when President Obama was asked to speak at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives, we speechwriters saw an opportunity. On this episode she discusses the speech she wrote for President Obama and what it meant for her.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep: 19 Young Lincoln part 1 with Jonathan F. Putnam

    Ep: 19 Young Lincoln part 1 with Jonathan F. Putnam

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernised the economy.
    Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, in which he served for eight years.

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    • 52 min
    Ep: 20 Young Lincoln part 2 with Jonathan F. Putnam

    Ep: 20 Young Lincoln part 2 with Jonathan F. Putnam

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. This episode covers his early life in Springfield.
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    • 1 hr 34 min

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