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.
Katherine Carté, Religion and the American Revolution
Investigations of the American Revolution often include explorations of politics, ideology, trade and taxation, imperial control, and social strife. What about religion?
What role did religion play in the American Revolution?
Katherine Carté, an Associate Professor of History at Southern Methodist University and the author of Religion and the American Revolution: An Imperial History, joins us to investigate the role of religion in the American Revolution.
Rosalyn LaPier, The Blackfeet: A History
To understand early American history, we need to investigate and understand North America as an Indigenous space. A place where Native American populations prevailed for centuries before and after the arrival of Europeans and enslaved Africans.
In this episode, we explore the life, history and culture of the Blackfeet People with Rosalyn LaPier, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and a member of the Métis, one of the three recognized Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
Phillip Reid, Merchant Ships of the Eighteenth Century
By the eighteenth century, the Atlantic Ocean had become a busy highway of ships crisscrossing its waters.
What do we know about the ships that made these transatlantic voyages and connected the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world through trade, people, and information?
Phillip Reid, author of The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, joins us to explore the eighteenth-century British merchant ship and the business of transatlantic shipping.
Jessica Marie Johnson, Slavery and Freedom in French Louisiana
How did black women in colonial Louisiana navigate French and Spanish black and slavery codes to retain control of their bodies, families, and futures?
Jessica Marie Johnson, author of the award-winning book Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World, joins us to investigate what viewing the history of the Atlantic World through the histories of slavery and gender can show us about what life was really like for colonists, settlers, and the enslaved.
A History of American Revolution Histories
In Episode 307, Michael Hattem helped us investigate the role history played in the American Revolution and the ways early historians used history as a tool to unite Americans as one people after the Revolution.
This bonus episode brings us back together with Michael so we can explore a few topics we didn’t have time to explore in our full-length episode: Historical schools of thought, how schools of thought develop, & the different schools of historical thought when it comes to the American Revolution
Michael Hattem, History & the American Revolution
The story of the founding of the United States usually begins with English settlement at Jamestown in 1607, describes the development of 13 British North American colonies, and then delves into the imperial reforms of the 1760s and 1770s.
Have you ever wondered where this familiar narrative came from and why it was developed?
Michael Hattem joins us to investigate the creation of the “grand narrative” with details from his book, Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.
Annette Gordon-Reed was great
The Juneteenth episode was so informative. Every time she comes, she delivers knowledge.
I wish I could love it
There are so many episodes; so much content. I was excited when I ran across this show. I’ve tried a handful of times now to listen to randomly chosen episodes. Without fail my eyes have glazed over in boredom within ten minutes. I quickly lose interest. The dry, textbook delivery is killing me. The ability to take the past and squeeze every last bit of drama out of it is almost impressive. Needs some decent writing and narrative flair to go sling with the deep knowledge.
Used to be good
Started out as a good history show. Interesting interviews with actual historians. Enter the Omohundro Institute. Got quite glitzy and more concerned with production than content. If it really now takes you an hour of labor to produce one minute of content for an interview show, you are: a) doing something really wrong, or
b) paying a bunch of people to do absolutely nothing
Go back to your roots. If I want to listen to fancy fluff, I’ll go right to NPR.
Sorry to see the decline in content quality.