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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.
You can binge new seasons of American History Tellers early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts. 

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    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | "We Never Sleep"

    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | "We Never Sleep"

    In the early 1850s, Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton stumbled upon a counterfeiting operation while gathering wood for his barrel-making business. After helping the authorities arrest the criminals, he was inspired to form a detective agency, to chase bank robbers and train bandits. His business grew quickly and in 1861 he was enlisted to prevent an attempted assassination of President Lincoln. 




    The Pinkerton Detective Agency soon established itself as America’s most innovative and aggressive private police force, spying for the Union during the Civil War, and sending agents out to hunt the nation’s most notorious Wild West outlaws.




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    • 41 min
    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | Brothers and Sons

    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | Brothers and Sons

    In the mid-1870s the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s fame was growing, and founder Allan Pinkerton began to pen bestselling books that promoted his and the agency’s crime-fighting image even more. But after Pinkerton died in 1884, his sons took over and expanded the business, providing guards and watchmen to protect railroads, mines, and factories. By the early 1900s, Pinkertons had become feared labor spies and strike-busters. It wasn’t long before their brutal and deadly methods began to attract scrutiny from the press and federal regulators.




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    • 38 min
    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | The Public Eye

    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | The Public Eye

    By the late 1800s, the Pinkerton Detective Agency faced public criticism for their anti-labor practices. So the company pivoted, sending Pinkerton detectives out to do what they did best, traveling throughout the west in search of the nation’s most audacious and elusive bank-robbing desperados. 

    In time, the Pinkertons also faced competition from a new Federal crime-fighting bureau, and one of their operatives would draw on his experience to write some of the most iconic detective novels in the English language.




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    • 39 min
    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | Behind The Brand

    The Pinkerton Detective Agency | Behind The Brand

    Allan Pinkerton started the Pinkerton National Detective Agency to catch robbers, counterfeiters and spies. For a time, Pinkerton detectives enjoyed their good image, carefully crafted by Pinkerton himself. But, that image tarnished as the Pinkertons increasingly took on paid work breaking up strikes for Gilded Age industrialists. Today, Lindsay is joined by S. Paul O’Hara, an Associate Professor of History at Xavier University, to discuss Allan Pinkerton’s determination to build the company brand and cultivate his own mythology. O’Hara is the author of, Inventing the Pinkertons. 




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    • 41 min
    History Daily: The Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

    History Daily: The Attempted Assassination of Pope John Paul II

    May 13th 1981: Pope John Paul II is shot in a mysterious assassination plot with potential ties to the KGB.




    You can listen ad-free in the Wondery or Amazon Music app. Or for all that and more, go to IntoHistory.com.

    History Daily is a co-production of Airship and Noiser.

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    • 16 min
    History Daily: A B-24 Crash Survivor Begins a Fight for Survival

    History Daily: A B-24 Crash Survivor Begins a Fight for Survival

    May 27, 1943: A B-24 bomber crashes in the Pacific Ocean, beginning a two year ordeal at sea and in Japanese captivity for former Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini.




    You can listen ad-free in the Wondery or Amazon Music app. Or for all that and more, go to IntoHistory.com




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    • 15 min

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17.6K Ratings

17.6K Ratings

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