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Join history enthusiast and blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre for an irreverent dive into lesser-known stories about the early American presidents. They explore myths, mysteries, scandals, and other oddities that shed light on the personalities of the founders and their families.

Plodding Through The Presidents Howard and Jessica Dorre

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Join history enthusiast and blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre for an irreverent dive into lesser-known stories about the early American presidents. They explore myths, mysteries, scandals, and other oddities that shed light on the personalities of the founders and their families.

    Season 1 Trailer

    Season 1 Trailer

    Introducing Season 1 of Plodding Through The Presidents with presidential history blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre.

    • 1 min
    Jefferson's Broken Heart and Wrist

    Jefferson's Broken Heart and Wrist

    We explore Thomas Jefferson's dangerous liaison in Paris with the talented artist Maria Cosway and her monkey-like husband Richard Cosway - a love story that resulted in two broken hearts, one permanently damaged wrist, and one epic 4000-word love letter written as a dialogue between Jefferson's head and heart.
    Sources:Founders Online - Jefferson's Head and the Heart letter to Maria Cosway (https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-10-02-0309)Mr. Jefferson's Women (https://amzn.to/2SDaFSq) by Jon KuklaThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (http://amzn.to/1kBr5jJ) by Jon MeachamJefferson and the Rights of Man (http://amzn.to/1tluQmH) by Dumas MaloneJefferson: A Revealing Biography (http://amzn.to/1A83SAX) by Page SmithJohn Adams (http://amzn.to/1wVqsv5) by David McCulloughRichard Cosway, “The Macaroni Miniature Painter (http://www.jstor.org/stable/25627814)” from The Art Amateur, Vol. 8, No. 2 (January 1883)Inspired by my post "Thomas Jefferson's Head, Heart, and Wrist (https://www.ploddingthroughthepresidents.com/2014/11/thomas-jeffersons-head-heart-and-wrist.html)"
    I won't link directly to the "don't say I didn't warn you" painting of Leda and the Swan, but it's up to you if you want to Google Leda and the Swan by François Boucher 1740. (Don't do it.)

    • 49 min
    John & Abigail & Smallpox

    John & Abigail & Smallpox

    We dig into the separate smallpox inoculations of John and Abigail Adams and the heartfelt and hilarious love letters this supercouple exchanged during their quarantines, along with some background on Lady Mary Montagu's bold introduction of the smallpox inoculation from Turkey to England.
    Sources:Founders Online (https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/04-01-02-0035) - letters between John & Abigail AdamsTime Magazine: How One Daring Woman Introduced the Idea of Smallpox Inoculation to England (https://time.com/5542895/mary-montagu-smallpox/) by Thomas HagerThe Story of Smallpox in Massachusetts (http://www.massmed.org/About/MMS-Leadership/History/The-Story-of-Smallpox-in-Massachusetts/#.XkJw0mhKhPY) by Samuel Bayard Woodward, M.D.Inspired by my post "Love in the Time of Smallpox (https://www.ploddingthroughthepresidents.com/2014/04/love-in-time-of-smallpox.html)"

    • 39 min

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A winner right out of the gate

Smart and funny - Howard and Jess are the perfect duo to make this podcast.
I enjoyed every minute - I usually listen to podcasts to fall asleep but this one kept me awake and thoroughly entertained. Three cheers for this plodcast!

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A great listen for anyone curious about American history

I’ve followed the facebook page for a couple of years and have always enjoyed it. The podcast picks it right up for a hilarious and very informative dive into some of the lesser known stories of our presidents that gives them a sense of humanity that textbooks, oil paintings, and marble statues have always lacked.

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