10 episodes

Worlds Turned Upside Down tells the story of the American Revolution as a transatlantic crisis and imperial civil war through the lives of people who experienced it. For many modern citizens of the United States, “the cause of America” that gave birth to a new nation in 1776 and the heroic stories we tell ourselves about its founding remains “in great measure the cause of all mankind.” But for the people who lived through it, the revolutionary era upended their lives in ways they could have never imagined. The crisis that engulfed the Atlantic world in the late eighteenth century inspired British Americans, Indigenous nations, enslaved Africans and African Americans, Europeans, and other peoples to question their loyalties, challenge authority, seek freedom, and resist revolutionary change.

Worlds Turned Upside Down is narrated and written by Jim Ambuske. It is a production of R2 Studios at George Mason University.

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    • 4.8 • 75 Ratings

Worlds Turned Upside Down tells the story of the American Revolution as a transatlantic crisis and imperial civil war through the lives of people who experienced it. For many modern citizens of the United States, “the cause of America” that gave birth to a new nation in 1776 and the heroic stories we tell ourselves about its founding remains “in great measure the cause of all mankind.” But for the people who lived through it, the revolutionary era upended their lives in ways they could have never imagined. The crisis that engulfed the Atlantic world in the late eighteenth century inspired British Americans, Indigenous nations, enslaved Africans and African Americans, Europeans, and other peoples to question their loyalties, challenge authority, seek freedom, and resist revolutionary change.

Worlds Turned Upside Down is narrated and written by Jim Ambuske. It is a production of R2 Studios at George Mason University.

    Episode 1: The Balance

    Episode 1: The Balance

    In the 1750s, tensions between the British, the French, and Indigenous peoples over control of the Ohio Country in North America lead to the outbreak of a global war with revolutionary consequences.
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, Christian Ayne Crouch, Max Edelson, Patrick Griffin, George Ironstrack, and Maeve Kane.
    Voice Actors: Norman Rodger,  Alexandre Rios-Bordes, and Emmanuel Dubois.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
     
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 2: The Nadir

    Episode 2: The Nadir

    Following the outbreak of the Seven Years' War in North America, the British and French begin mobilizing for war and appoint commanders-in-chief to lead the war effort, only to clash with colonists over how power, authority, and honor should be used in the colonies. Meanwhile, Indigenous peoples like the Haudenosaunee and the Delaware weigh their options as the fighting engulfs eastern North America. 
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, Katherine Carté, Christian Ayne Crouch, Patrick Griffin, Hayley Madl, and John McCurdy 
    Voice Actors: Alexandra Krebs, Grace Mallon, Spencer McBride, Norman Rodger, Alexandre Rios-Bordes, Nate Sleeter, and Emmanuel Dubois.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 3: The Triumph

    Episode 3: The Triumph

    Following three years of stinging defeats in the Seven Years' War, the British begin to turn the tide against the French in North America in no small measure because Indigenous peoples decided the war should end.
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, Christian Ayne Crouch, Matthew Dziennik, Julie Flavell, John McCurdy, and Serena Zabin.
    Voice Actors: Dan Howlett, Alexandre Rios-Bordes, Michael Newton, Brandon Tachco, and Emmanuel Dubois.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 4: The Empire

    Episode 4: The Empire

    Great Britain's conquest of New France in North America and its victory in the Seven Years' War inspired British subjects on both sides of the Atlantic to look forward to a future they could see but through a glass darkly, as they struggled to make sense of the world that lay ahead, and the cost of the war they had won.
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, Christian Ayne Crouch, Max Edelson, Kathleen DuVal, Patrick Griffin, and Jon Kukla.
    Voice Actors: Norman Roger, Anne Fertig, Nicholas Cole, Spencer McBride, and John Turner.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 5: The Uprising

    Episode 5: The Uprising

    As the British began to assert control over North America in the wake of the Seven Years' War, the actions of British American settlers and the messages of a native prophet convinced some Indigenous peoples throughout the Ohio Country and beyond that resistance through force was the best way to preserve their sovereignty and usher in the revitalization of their communities.
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, George Ironstrack, Maeve Kane, and Hayley Madl.
    Voice Actors: Anne Fertig, Kathyrn Gehred,  David Mckenzie, Loren Moulds, Angel-Luke O’Donnell, Norman Rodger, and Brandon Tachco.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 6: The Proclamation

    Episode 6: The Proclamation

    Against the backdrop of Pontiac's War in North America, George III's ministers in London draw on lessons learned in colonial Nova Scotia to begin drafting a blueprint for transforming British America into an empire of order.
    Featuring: Fred Anderson, Matthew Dziennik, Max Edelson, and Alexandra Montgomery
    Voice Actors: Grace Mallon and Beau Robbins.
    Narrated by Jim Ambuske.
    Find the official transcript here.
    This episode is made possible with support from the John Carter Brown Library, an independent research library located on the campus of Brown University. 
    Worlds Turned Upside Down is a production of R2 Studios at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Hokiejoel ,

Fantastic history!

This podcast is one of my favorite history podcasts of all time. So well done, greatly researched, and engrossing. I grew up on unceded Seneca lands and have visited many of the forts mentioned in the early episodes so this telling really brought that history alive. Highly recommend!

LMChistory ,

Thoughtful, nuanced, and colorful depiction of the Revolution

This story of the Revolution is not the one you got in high school - and that’s a good thing. It’s far more complex, colorful, and interesting than a list of facts and dates. The global revolution is the one we should all know!

Mdhistorian ,

Fascinating!

My teenage son and I love listening to this podcast. Well-researched and well-narrated, with voices from different cultural backgrounds to give you a sense of how diverse early America was. Highly recommend for history enthusiasts!

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