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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.

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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.

    Elections in Early America: Native Sovereignty

    Elections in Early America: Native Sovereignty

    Who is American democracy for and who could participate in early American democracy?

    Women and African Americans were often barred from voting in colonial and early republic elections. But what about Native Americans? Could Native Americans participate in early American democracy?

    Julie Reed and Kathleen DuVal join us to investigate how the sovereignty of native nations fits within the sovereignty of the United States and its democracy.

    • 56 min
    Elections in Early America: Elections & Voting in the Early Republic

    Elections in Early America: Elections & Voting in the Early Republic

    Independence provided the former British American colonists the opportunity to create a new, more democratic government than they had lived under before the American Revolution.

    What did this new American government look like? Who could participate in this new American democracy? And what was it like to participate in this new democracy?

    Scholars Terrance Rucker and Marcela Miccuci join us to investigate the first federal elections in the United States and who could vote in early U.S. elections.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Elections in Early America: Democracy & Voting in British North America

    Elections in Early America: Democracy & Voting in British North America

    The British North American colonies formed some of the most democratic governments in the world. But that doesn't mean that all early Americans were treated equally or allowed to participate in representative government.
    So who could vote in Early America? Who could participate in representative government?
    Historians James Kloppenberg, the Charles Warren Professor of History at Harvard University, and Amy Watson, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, help us explore who democracy was meant for and how those who lived in colonial British America understood and practiced representative government. 
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    A Brief History of the United States Supreme Court

    A Brief History of the United States Supreme Court

    The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has caused debate about whether the President should appoint a new justice to fill her seat and, if he does appoint someone, whether the Senate should vote on the President’s nomination before the election.

    This short bonus episode offers a brief history of the Supreme Court and how it functions within the United States government. Our guest for this episode is Mary Sarah Bilder, the Founders Professor of Law at Boston College.

    • 10 min
    Anne Marie Lane Jonah, Acadie 300

    Anne Marie Lane Jonah, Acadie 300

    2020 commemorates the 300th anniversary of French presence on Prince Edward Island. Like much of North America, the Canadian Maritime provinces were highly contested regions.

    Anne Marie Lane Jonah, a historian with the Parks Canada Agency, joins us to explore the history of Prince Edward Island and why Great Britain and France fought over the Canadian Maritime region.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Vincent Brown, Tacky's Revolt

    Vincent Brown, Tacky's Revolt

    Between 1760 and 1761, Great Britain witnessed one of its largest slave insurrections in the history of its empire. Although the revolt took place on the island of Jamaica, the reverberations of this revolt stretched across the Atlantic Ocean and into the British North American colonies.

    Vincent Brown, author of Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, joins us to investigate Tacky’s Revolt and how that revolt served as an eddy within the larger current of Atlantic warfare.

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Clyles89 ,

Love the show but one thing...

I love the show. I’ve listened to about 90% of it. It’s one of the best history podcasts I’ve ever listened to. My only issue is that in some of the episodes Liz is incredibly loud. I mean extremely loud. Idk. It could be an audio issue but it’s like that on all my audio devices. And I have pretty good stuff. It sounds like she yelling into mic. 🤷🏾‍♀️

4636457&39 ,

Questionable at best...

Just listened to the Acadian diaspora. As I have done a lot of family genealogy and study, I have come to the conclusion that the host and author that was interviewed were very unknowing of the major cause as to why the Acadians were evicted, the numerous deaths in the slave ships due to disease and shipwrecks, and where these people eventually ended up. They never mentioned the Acadians that found their way to Northern Maine or the ships that brought hundreds or thousands to British prisons. Or the terrible conditions when they were sent to France after the war was over. This is a story of people who just wanted to be left alone to worship their own way, toughness, and almost genocide. The author makes it seem like a walk in the park. Also, why would you interview a professor from BYU? Probably should have talked to someone who’s family was involved in the “grand derangement”. There are many knowledgeable people in actual Acadia that know more than this idiot. If you want to read a good book that tells the real story in historical fiction, read “the scattered” by richard holledge. I found that much more realistic than this guys version. Also I hope the other stories on this podcast are better researched and the guests better vetted.-an Acadian

joe14250 ,

Great nuanced overview of colonial times

Great insight into history from a multitude of varying perspectives. Most of the dialogue is in conversational mode and easy to understand. Occasionally there’s a presenter who I can tell is reading text. It’s not conversational and it’s a little hard to keep up with while doing another activity such as biking or walking. I love that Liz answers specific questions and emails.

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