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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.

    Freemasonry in Early America

    Freemasonry in Early America

    This is an episode you’ve been waiting for!
    Mark Tabbert, the Director of Archives and Exhibits at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association and the author of Almanac of American Freemasonry and A Deserving Brother: George Washington and Freemasonry, joins us so we can investigate and better understand Freemasonry and its role in Early America.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/329


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    Warren Milteer Jr., Free People of Color in Early America

    Warren Milteer Jr., Free People of Color in Early America

    We know from our explorations of early America that not all Americans were treated equally or enjoyed the freedoms and liberties other Americans enjoyed.
    Warren Milteer Jr., an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the author of North Carolina’s Free People of Color and Beyond Slavery’s Shadow, joins us to explore the lives and experiences of free people of color, men and women who ranked somewhere in the middle or middle bottom of early American society.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/328


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    David Schmidt, Benjamin Franklin: A Film by Ken Burns

    David Schmidt, Benjamin Franklin: A Film by Ken Burns

    How do we know what we know about Benjamin Franklin? We know historians, museum curators, and archivists rely on historical documents and objects to find and learn information about the past. But how does a documentary filmmaker present what they know about history through video?
    David Schmidt works as a senior producer at Florentine Films where he worked alongside Ken Burns to produce a 2-episode documentary about the life of Benjamin Franklin. The documentary is called Benjamin Franklin and Schmidt joins us for a behind-the-scenes tour of documentary filmmaking and to investigate some of the lesser-known details of Ben Franklin’s life.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/327


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    Episode 022: Vivian Bruce Conger, Deborah Read Franklin & Sally Franklin Bache Episode 149: George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London Episode 169: Thomas Kid, The Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin Episode 175: Daniel Epstein, The Revolution in Ben Franklin’s House Episode 207: Nick Bunker, Young Benjamin Franklin Episode 320: Ben Franklin’s London House  

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    • 57 min
    Maureen Connors Santelli, The Great Revolution in Early America

    Maureen Connors Santelli, The Great Revolution in Early America

    With Ukrainian sovereignty and democracy under attack, Americans have been wondering: Should our government be doing more than placing economic sanctions on Russia? Should I, as U.S. military veteran, travel to Ukraine and offer to fight in their army? What would official U.S. military involvement mean for the politics of Europe and in our age of nuclear weapons?
    While the situation in Ukraine is new and novel, Americans’ desire to assist other nations seeking to create or preserve their democracies and republics is not new. 
    Maureen Connors Santelli, an Associate Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College and author of The Greek Fire: American-Ottoman Fervor in the Age of Revolutions, joins us to investigate the Greek Revolution and early Americans’ reactions to it.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/327


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Woody Holton, Everyday People of the American Revolution

    Woody Holton, Everyday People of the American Revolution

    What do we know about the American Revolution? Why is it important that we see the Revolution as a political event, a war, a time of social and economic reform, and as a time of violence and upheaval?
    Woody Holton, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, joins us to explore and discuss answers to these questions so that we can better see and understand the American Revolution as a whole event.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/325


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Andrea Mosterman, New Netherland and Slavery

    Andrea Mosterman, New Netherland and Slavery

    After Henry Hudson’s 1609-voyage along the river that now bears his name, Dutch traders began to visit and trade at the area they called New Netherland. In 1614, the Dutch established a trading post near present-day Albany, New York. In 1624, the Dutch West India Company built the settlement of New Amsterdam.
    How did the colony of New Netherland take shape? In what ways did the Dutch West India Company and private individuals use enslaved labor to develop the colony?
    Andrea Mosterman, an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and author of Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York, joins us to explore what life was like in New Netherland and early New York, especially for the enslaved people who did much of the work to build this Dutch, and later English, colony.
    Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/324


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    • 1 hr 5 min

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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!

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