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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.

    Michael Hattem, History & 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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Horse's Tail

    The Horse's Tail

    Visual and material objects from the American Revolution carry power and meaning. Objects like monuments, uniforms, muskets, and the Horse’s Tail, a remnant of an equestrian statue of King George III, which stood in New York City’s Bowling Green park.

    Historians Wendy Bellion, Leslie Harris, and Arthur Burns join us to investigate the history of revolutionary New York City and how and why New Yorkers both installed and tore down a statue to their king, and what happened to this statue after it came d

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Erik Seeman, Speaking with the Dead in Early America

    Erik Seeman, Speaking with the Dead in Early America

    Death is one of the few universals in life. Everyone who is born, will die.

    How do the living make peace with death?

    While different cultures make peace with death in different ways, Erik Seeman, author of the award-winning book, Speaking with the Dead in Early America, joins us to investigate how white, American Protestants made their peace with death during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

    • 53 min
    Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth

    Annette Gordon-Reed, On Juneteenth

    Juneteenth is a state holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slavery ended in Texas. Over the last decade, a push to make Juneteenth a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has gained momentum.

    What do we know about Juneteenth and its origins?

    Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning historian at Harvard University is a native Texan and she joins us to discuss the early history of Texas and the origins of the Juneteenth holiday.

    • 53 min
    Matthew Powell, An Early History of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Matthew Powell, An Early History of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast was the home of many different peoples, cultures, and empires during the s17th and 18th centuries. According to some historians, the Gulf Coast region may have been the most diverse region in early North America.


    Matthew Powell, a historian of slavery and southern history and the Executive Director of the La Pointe-Krebs House & Museum in Pascagoula, Mississippi, joins us to investigate the Mississippi Gulf Coast and a prominent family who has lived there since about 1718.

    • 54 min
    From Inoculation to Vaccination, Part 2

    From Inoculation to Vaccination, Part 2

    How did vaccination come about? What are vaccination’s connections to smallpox inoculation? And how did news and practice of vaccination spread throughout North America? These questions will be our focus in this second, and final, episode in our “From Inoculation to Vaccination” series.

    In this episode, we join experts Dr. René Najera, Farren Yero, and Andrew Wehrman for a journey through the history of smallpox, the creation of the world’s first vaccine, and first mass public health initiative.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

TMT-DC ,

Annette Gordon-Reed was great

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

ain't nuthin' left ,

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.

Becky W 003 ,

You do you, Liz! Love your show!

I keep coming back to this show “because” of your delivery of the excellent content. So unique, not the “podcast host” voice you hear on so many other shows. The enthusiasm for the subject matter and the enthusiasm for sharing the subject matter shine through.

My favorite episodes were about Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the one about the diary of the everyday colonial woman. And the ones about colonial era medicine.

Where I live, we grow up with Texas history the way you grew up learning about New England. You tell the stories from your unique perspective. Keep up the great work!

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