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American biography is a podcast that looks at American history by examining the lives of important, if less discussed, Americans who have exerted great influence upon the nation's development. It's the American story told through American's stories.

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American biography is a podcast that looks at American history by examining the lives of important, if less discussed, Americans who have exerted great influence upon the nation's development. It's the American story told through American's stories.

    Marshall Ep. 29 - The Marshall Supremacy

    Marshall Ep. 29 - The Marshall Supremacy

    The Marshall Court establishes the supremacy of Federal law in a series of landmark cases.
     
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    Marshall Ep. 28 - Cousin Tom

    Marshall Ep. 28 - Cousin Tom

    An analysis of the fraught relationship and bitter rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall which shaped a nation.
     
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    Marshall Ep. 27 - Marshall at Work

    Marshall Ep. 27 - Marshall at Work

    In this episode we track the changes occurring within the Supreme Court along with those of a transforming nation.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

melvinr88 ,

Well done!

Well done podcast. Heard about this podcast while starting at the beginning of the History of England and I’m glad I added this podcast to my list. I started from the beginning about a month ago and have just finished through episode 28. Looking forward to hearing future episodes!

JEL97035 ,

Slaveholder

I didn’t expect original scholarship. The episode on John Marshall’s slave ownership and slave jurisprudence was both an education and a surprise.

John Marshall’s entire legacy deserves reexamination in the light of the blatant injustices he administered to slaves and people who should not have been treated as slaves.

I had have long seen Marbury v. Madison as a blatant, unjustifiable grab for unconstitutional judicial review. Not is the constitution silent on judicial review, it specifically grants the Supreme Court original jurisdiction over officers. Since Madison was being sued in his official capacity as Secretary of State, the Supreme Court did have both constitutional and statutory authority to issue a writ of Mandamus.

The slave holder episode provides additional examples of Marshall lying about the law to arrive at a decision he wanted.

mbenji87 ,

Great Podcast and Promising Structure

I just discovered American Biography earlier this summer, and binged all the episodes that have been released in the course of a few days. American Biography has been a treat from its start to today. Each episode thus far has focused on the life of John Marshall, which in of itself has been fascinating. But the show also provides a much deeper review of the times in which Marshall (and I assume any future subjects highlighted in this podcast) lived, and how he interacted with and influenced the events within the period he lived.

Overall I found this podcast a really engaging, fun, and informative synthesis of John Marshall's life. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from there (and hoping for a deep dive on Henry Clay, among other famous Americans!) The audio is a little off in the first few episodes, as the narrator warns you in the Intro, but it's well worth continuing through the catalogue. Highly recommended!

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