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This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.

Each episode features conversations with professional historians who help shed light on important people and events in early American history. It is produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

Ben Franklin's World Liz Covart

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    • 4.5, 986 Ratings

This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.

Each episode features conversations with professional historians who help shed light on important people and events in early American history. It is produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

    277 Whose Fourth of July?

    277 Whose Fourth of July?

    On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech to an anti-slavery society and he famously asked “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

    In this episode, we explore Douglass’ thoughtful question within the context of Early America: What did the Fourth of July mean for African Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries?

    To help us investigate this question, we are joined by Martha S. Jones and Christopher Bonner.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Bonus Listener Q & A: Young Benjamin Franklin

    Bonus Listener Q & A: Young Benjamin Franklin

    This special bonus episode introduces the Ben Franklin's World Subscription program and a new monthly Listener Question & Answer feature for subscribers to that program.

    In this preview, award-winning historian Nick Bunker answers your questions about the life of young Benjamin Franklin.

    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/207

    • 16 min
    276 Stephen Fried, Benjamin Rush: Founding Father

    276 Stephen Fried, Benjamin Rush: Founding Father

    “Founding Father” status goes to men who helped found the United States. That means the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, those who led the Continental Army, and the 36 delegates who signed the Constitution. We’re talking about more than 100 men and yet, we don’t really talk about more than a handful of these “founders” as Founders.

    Stephen Fried joins us to explore the life and deeds of one founder we don’t always talk about, Benjamin Rush.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    275 Ingrid Tague, Pets in Early America

    275 Ingrid Tague, Pets in Early America

    What was it like to keep a pet In Early America? How did early Americans acquire pets? What kinds of animals did early Americans keep as pets?

    Ingrid Tague, a Professor of History at the University of Denver and the author of Animal Companions: Pets and Social Change in Eighteenth-Century Britain, joins us to answer your questions about pets and pet keeping in Early America.

    • 25 min
    274 Alan Gallay, Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire

    274 Alan Gallay, Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire

    What do we know about how and why England came to establish its first permanent colony at Jamestown? And what do we know about the English colony that came before it, the Colony of Roanoke?

    Alan Gallay, Lyndon B. Johnson chair of United States History at Texas Christian University and author of Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire, leads us on exploration of the life and work of Sir Walter Ralegh, the man who crafted the blueprint for England’s colonization plans in the Americas.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    273 Victoria Johnson, David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Early Republic

    273 Victoria Johnson, David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Early Republic

    How did Americans learn to establish philanthropic institutions?

    Victoria Johnson, an Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College in New York City and author of American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, leads us on an investigation of the life of Dr. David Hosack and the many organizations he founded, including the Elgin Botanical Garden.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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986 Ratings

986 Ratings

Wilhomenah ,

Each episode’s an expert interview

The content is rich. The interview format makes it accessible. Liz is fabulously nerdy. Great find.

mica1960 ,

Gender and Enslavement Podcasts Predominate

Some good podcasts here mixed in with slavery, gender, and social justice centric topics. After awhile it gets old and a little preachy with its general negative perspective on our nation’a founding.

candygatl ,

Fascinating!

Host does a wonderful job selecting guests and keeping the conversation on track. I LOVE to listen while washing dishes or making dinner. This podcast and a glass of wine make doing household chores a pleasure.

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