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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.

    Nancy Rubin Stuart, The Women Behind Benjamin Franklin

    Nancy Rubin Stuart, The Women Behind Benjamin Franklin

    There are a lot of books about Benjamin Franklin. They tell us about his youth and accomplishments in business, politics, and diplomacy. They tell us about his serious interest in electricity and science, and about his philanthropic work. But only a handful of these books tell us about Benjamin Franklin as a man. What did Benjamin Franklin think about and experience when it came to his private, lived life?
    Nancy Rubin Stuart, an award-winning historian and journalist and author of Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father, joins us to investigate the private life of Benjamin Franklin by using the women in his life as a window on to his experiences as a husband, father, and friend.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/349


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ricardo Herrera, Valley Forge

    Ricardo Herrera, Valley Forge

    On December 19, 1777, George Washington marched his Continental Army into its winter encampment at Valley Forge. In school we learned this was a hard, cold winter that saw the soldiers so ill-supplied they chewed on the leather of their shoes. But is this what really happened at Valley Forge? Were soldiers idle, wallowing in their misery?
    Ricardo Herrera, a historian of American military history and a visiting professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, joins us to investigate the winter at Valley Forge with details form his book, Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/348


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    Episode 158: The Revolutionaries’ Army Episode 189: Sam White, The Little Ice Age   Episode 194: Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters Episode 298: Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, Origins of American Manufacturing Episode 301: From Inoculation to Vaccination, Part 1 Episode 302: From Inoculation to Vaccination, Part 2 Episode 332: Experiences of Revolution: Occupied Philadelphia Episode 333: Experiences of Revolution: Disruptions in Yorktown  

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bonus: Craft in Early America

    Bonus: Craft in Early America

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    How did early Americans create all of the the things they needed and wanted in life?
    We re-visit with Glenn Adamson to answer more of your questions about trade and crafts work in Early America.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/292

    • 7 min
    Jon Beebe, African and African American Music

    Jon Beebe, African and African American Music

    It’s impossible to overstate the importance of African and African American music to the United States’ musical traditions. Steven Lewis, a Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian, notes that “African American influences are so fundamental to American music there would be no American music without them.”
    Jon Beebe, a Jazz pianist, professional musician, and an interpretive ranger at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, leads us on an exploration of how and why African rhythms and beats came to play important roles in the musical history and musical evolution of the Untied States.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/347


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    • 57 min
    Billy Coleman, Music and Politics in the Early United States

    Billy Coleman, Music and Politics in the Early United States

    How did everyday Americans in the early United States use and enjoy music? How did they create and circulate new songs and musical lyrics?
    Our five-episode series about music in early America continues in this fourth episode about music and politics in the early United States.
    Billy Coleman, an Assistant Teaching Professor of History at the University of Missouri and author of the book Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865, joins us to investigate the role music played in early American politics.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/346


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    • 44 min
    Glenda Goodman, Amateur Musicians in the Early United States

    Glenda Goodman, Amateur Musicians in the Early United States

    Our study of music in Early America continues with this third episode in our five-episode series.
    Our last two episodes (Episode 343 and Episode 344) helped us better understand the musical landscapes of Native North America around 1492 and colonial British America before 1776. In this episode, we jump forward in time to the early days of the United States.
    Glenda Goodman, an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of the book Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic, joins us to investigate the role of music in the lives of wealthy white Americans during the earliest days of the early American republic.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/345


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    Episode 145: Rosemarie Zagarri, Mercy Otis Warren Episode 237: Nora Doyle, Motherhood in Early America Episode 311: Katherine Carté, Religion in the American Revolution Episode 343: Chad Hamil, Music and Song in Native North America Episode 344: David Hildebrand, Music in British North America
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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Nerdland Lives ,

Great Podcast

If you are interested in well researched history, this is a podcast for you. I love that many of the episodes cover interesting topics that were not on my radar.

crm2272 ,

Garbled

The prisoner of war story interested me greatly, however I got very little out of the podcast due to terrible audio from the guest/expert. I was in my car and the hum and so on from the road coupled with garbled quality of the guests words (not to mention his accent), made it so I could hardly make out the content, prompting me to finally just give up. There are other podcasts which similarly don’t take their listeners into proper consideration. There should be a minimum standard to be met with regard to the guests ability to provide adequate audio quality. By the way, I recently had my hearing checked and the results were normal.

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Aggie!

Just started listening to your podcast and like it a lot. Don’t believe the negative reviews. And go aggies! 🐴

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