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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We'll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we'll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind American Scandal, Tides of History, American Innovations and more.
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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We'll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we'll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind American Scandal, Tides of History, American Innovations and more.
New episodes come out every Wednesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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    Hawaiʻi's Journey to Statehood | The Last Queen

    Hawaiʻi's Journey to Statehood | The Last Queen

    In 1893 the independent island kingdom of Hawaiʻi flourished under the leadership of its monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani. But as the leaders of Hawaiʻi’s lucrative sugar industry gained power, the Queen struggled to maintain control. Soon, the so-called sugar barons, with the backing of American politicians, began plotting to overthrow the Queen.

    The contested and controversial removal of Hawaiʻi’s last reigning monarch would pave the way for the kingdom to be annexed as a U.S. territory, forever changing the fate of the islands.

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    • 41 min
    Hawaiʻi's Journey to Statehood | The Pineapple King

    Hawaiʻi's Journey to Statehood | The Pineapple King

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    In the early 1900s, an enterprising young American named James Dole introduced pineapples to a windy plateau in Central Oahu. He’d been warned that the crop was perishable and unprofitable and that his venture was sure to fail. But within a decade, his plantation – and the immigrant workers brought in to farm it – reshaped the landscape and economy of the Hawaiian Islands. Dole’s savvy marketing helped build the mystique that made Hawai’i a tourist destination. But his reign as Hawai’i’s “Pineapple King” would be cut short.

    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | An Affair of Honor

    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | An Affair of Honor

    In July 1804, Aaron Burr faced political rival Alexander Hamilton on the cliffs of Weehawken, New Jersey, in a legendary duel that would change Burr’s life forever.

    As a young man, Burr had distinguished himself as a patriot, lawyer and politician. But as his political star rose, he made many enemies. He challenged Thomas Jefferson, in the tumultuous Election of 1800, but his greatest rival was Jefferson’s Treasury Secretary, Hamilton.

    After he shot and killed Hamilton, Burr’s career was in shambles. But soon, he would hatch an audacious conspiracy to return to power – by forging his own empire.

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    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | Gathering Forces

    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | Gathering Forces

    In the summer of 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr was wanted for the murder of Alexander Hamilton. The fatal duel made him a political pariah and the target of widespread public outcry.

    But as Burr’s Vice Presidency came to an end, he refused to slink into the shadows. Vowing to rise again, he decided to seek his fortunes in the West. Soon, he would journey to the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, recruiting allies and seeking to fulfill his dreams of rebellion and conquest.

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    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | The Severance of the Union

    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | The Severance of the Union

    In August 1806, Aaron Burr began the final preparations for his mysterious expedition to the western frontier. As he traveled, rumors that he was plotting a dangerous conspiracy followed in his wake.

    Newspapers reported that Burr was planning to invade Mexico and start a secessionist rebellion in New Orleans. As evidence mounted, a dogged federal prosecutor resolved to bring Burr into court. But the biggest threat to Burr’s vision of power and glory would soon come from someone he never expected – one of his closest allies.

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    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | Treason on Trial

    Insurrection of Aaron Burr | Treason on Trial

    In the summer of 1807, Richmond, Virginia hosted the most sensational trial in the young nation’s history. At stake was the life of Aaron Burr, who stood accused of plotting an armed insurrection against the United States.

    The battle over Burr’s guilt or innocence pitted President Thomas Jefferson, who wanted to see his former vice president convicted of treason, against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, who was committed to the idea that any American citizen, even an alleged traitor, deserved a fair trial.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16.4K Ratings

16.4K Ratings

Zeegha ,

Aaron Burr, Colonial Bad Boy

I’m 70 yo, and all I remember from the history books about Aaron Burr was that he was a traitor. I don’t recall learning anything about him shooting Alexander Hamilton and trying to create a new country. Makes some of our current crazed politicians seem tame. Another excellent podcast series, Lindsay Graham!

Wookie0416 ,

Great Podcast

So I think the podcast is great but I cannot stand the encore episodes. I honestly can do without hearing the same episodes multiple times. I would give a 5 star but to repeats are killing me.

jski94 ,

Embarrassingly Wrong About Basic Facts

It’s as if this guy has never even taken a basic American History 101 course. I’ve only listened to a few episodes, and the stuff he gets wrong is so glaring. First, he claims that the Republicans won the House and Senate in 1984. Umm… no. I let that one go and listened to the Aaron Burr episode but had to turn it off after a few minutes when he kept calling Jefferson’s party “the Republicans”. 🤦‍♂️ Seriously?! The party was called the Democratic Republican Party aka the Democrats. The Republican Party was not founded until Abraham Lincoln’s era. How in the world does this guy not know that?!

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