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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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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.

    Mary Sarah Bilder, Women and the Constitutional Moment of 1787

    Mary Sarah Bilder, Women and the Constitutional Moment of 1787

    Between May 25 and September 17, 1787, delegates from each of the United States’ thirteen states assembled in Philadelphia for an event we now call the Constitutional Convention.
    What do we know about the moment of the United States Constitution’s creation? What was happening around the Convention, and what issues were Americans discussing and debating as the Convention’s delegates met?
    Mary Sarah Bilder, an award-winning historian and the Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, joins us to investigate the context of the United States Constitution’s creation with details from her book, Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/048


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Early History of the United States Senate

    The Early History of the United States Senate

    On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution and submitted it to the states for ratification.
    In honor of Constitution Day, we join three historians from the Senate Historical Office to investigate Article 1 of the Constitution and its creation of the United States Senate.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/338


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    Episode 040: Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, For Fear of an Elective King Episode 078: Rachel Shelden: Washington Brotherhood Episode 107: Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison’s Hand Episode 143: Michael Klarman, The Making of the United States Constitution Episode 153: Committees and Congresses: Governments of the American Revolution Episode 202: An Early History of the United States Congress Episode 279: Lindsay Chervinsky, The Cabinet Episode 285: Elections and Voting in the Early Republic  
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Dael Norwood, Early America's Trade with China

    Dael Norwood, Early America's Trade with China

    What made trade with China so important to the new United States that one of Americans’ first acts after securing the United States’ independence was to establish a trade with China and other Southeast Asian countries?
    Deal Norwood, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware, joins us to explore the lure of trade with China with details from his book, Trading Freedom: How Trade with China Defined Early America.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/337


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    Vanessa Holden, Surviving the Southampton Rebellion

    Vanessa Holden, Surviving the Southampton Rebellion

    What did it take to stage a successful slave uprising?
    Over the course of the early republic, we see a few violent slave uprisings in the United States. A particularly brutal rebellion took place in Louisiana in January 1811. Another violent rebellion took place in Southampton County, Virginia in August 1831. Neither of these rebellions led to the abolishment of slavery, but they did lead to the death of many enslaved people and their enslavers.
    Vanessa Holden, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and the author of the award-winning book Surviving Southampton, leads us through the events and circumstances of the 1831-Southampton Rebellion, a rebellion we tend to know today as Nat Turner’s Rebellion.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/336


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Andrew Porwancher, The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

    Andrew Porwancher, The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton played important roles in the founding of the United States. He served in the Continental Army, helped frame the United States Constitution, and helped place the United States on a secure economic footing with his work as the first Secretary of the Treasury.
    But how did Hamilton come to know so much about the economic systems that could help the new United States build a strong economic footing?
    Why did Hamilton work for and believe that the new United States should be a nation that welcomed all religions and forms of religious worship?
    Andrew Porwacher, the Wick Cary Associate Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma and the Ernest May Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, joins us to investigate the Jewish world and upbringing of Alexander Hamilton.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/335


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Brandon, Bayne Missions & Mission Building in New Spain

    Brandon, Bayne Missions & Mission Building in New Spain

    Spanish explorers and colonists visited, settled, and claimed territory in 42 of the United States’ 50 states. So what does the history of Early America look like from a Spanish point of view?
    Brandon Bayne, an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and author of the book Missions Begin with Blood, joins us to investigate some of the religious aspects of Spanish colonization. Specifically, the work of Spanish missionaries.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/334


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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Radiant Smiler ,

Fascinating!

My brother, Reggie, introduced me to your podcast. He wrote the review below (unsure of the review order) on 4/18/22. It seems as if you and a team put an enormous amount of work into each segment. So, like brother, like sister…
Thank you for a fascinating podcast that interestingly brings us on educational journeys of true American history. Ditto, keep up the great work!

merrick300 ,

Woke and ridiculous

The real Ben Franklin would vomit if he heard five minutes of this show. Just a bunch of liberal guests with the liberal hostess show after show. Exciting.

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My New Journey

Thanks Liz for producing this podcast. I’m a big fan of history and your podcast is giving me a different perspective on understanding America and our world. I learned about your podcast listening to NPR I believe the Experiment Podcast. Keep up the great work.

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