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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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    • 4.4 • 1.2K 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.

    OI Reads: Carolyn Eastman, The Strange Genius of Mr. O

    OI Reads: Carolyn Eastman, The Strange Genius of Mr. O

    Welcome to OI Reads, an occasional series on Ben Franklin's World where we introduce you to new books that we'll think you love and that are published by the Omohundro Institute.

    Using details from her book, The Strange Genius of Mr. O, Carolyn Eastman, a Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, acquaints us with James Olgivie, one of early America's first bonafide celebrities.

    • 14 min
    Mike Duncan, The Marquis de Lafayette

    Mike Duncan, The Marquis de Lafayette

    You know “America’s favorite fighting Frenchman” is the Marquis de Lafayette. But what do you know about Lafayette and his life?

    How and why did this French-born noble end up fighting in the American Revolution?

    Mike Duncan, the podcaster behind the award-winning podcast The History of Rome and the popular podcast Revolutions, joins us to investigate the life of the Marquis de Lafayette with details from his book, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Joshua D. Rothman, The Domestic Slave Trade

    Joshua D. Rothman, The Domestic Slave Trade

    The transatlantic slave trade dominated in North America during the 17th and 18th centuries. But by 1808, a different slave trade came to dominate in the young United States, the domestic or internal slave trade.


    Joshua D. Rothman, author of the book, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, leads us on an exploration of the United States’ domestic slave trade and the lives of three slave traders who helped to define this trade. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Katherine Carté, Religion and the American Revolution

    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.

    • 56 min
    Rosalyn LaPier, The Blackfeet: A History

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Phillip Reid, Merchant Ships of the Eighteenth Century

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

danimal303 ,

Excellent!

I really love this podcast. It's very informative Liz Covart has no fear of detailed information, a valuable quality in a historian. I find this podcast informative and a very pleasant to boot.

phinehas j ,

I loved it

But it got kinda political. I don’t care about either side I just like history. So you are getting two stars. That’s why.

TMT-DC ,

Annette Gordon-Reed was great

The Juneteenth episode was so informative. Every time she comes, she delivers knowledge.

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