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Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

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United States

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Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

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English


Episodes

The Potsdam Giants

7/19/2021
Sometime in 1678, the mighty Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I, known as the “soldier king” of Europe’s most warlike state, sat in his heavily padded throne surveying his army with an ambassador from France. With a row of particularly muscular lummoxes parading before him in bright red and blue uniforms with wide golden sashes across their chests, he turned to the French ambassador and said, with a dreamy look in his eyes, "The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of...

Duration:00:09:53

Madam C.J. Walker, Part 2: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

7/12/2021
Part 2 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. (Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented) Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show and listen to episodes early and ad free by becoming a Patron at...

Duration:00:14:14

Madam C.J. Walker, Part 1: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

6/21/2021
Part 1 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. (Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented) Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show and listen to episodes early and ad free by becoming a Patron at...

Duration:00:13:50

Robert Smalls

6/14/2021
How have I never heard of Robert Smalls? I’m betting you haven’t either. Smalls was an antebellum slave and real-life action hero who fought without permission in the Civil War and pulled off one of the most daring heists in American military history. Support the show by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Mintmobile.com/hometown

Duration:00:11:47

The Dumb Blonde Stereotype

6/7/2021
Does Blonde hair make you dumb? No, seriously does it? Let’s track the history of this stereotype and find out if it’s true. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors:

Duration:00:13:33

Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 2

5/17/2021
This is the 2nd half of our Dear H.H. Holmes episode. Meet Almeda Huiet, of Wabash County, Indiana. Possibly the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show by becoming a Patron! Episode Sponsors: MintMobile.com/hometown Indeed.com/hometown

Duration:00:14:35

Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 1

5/10/2021
Could this be the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes? In Chicago on a cold November morning in 1888, the body of a young lady is found in a lake with her throat slit. The story of this young lady, and her untimely death, was quickly forgotten as her body was shipped back to her hometown of Wabash County, Indiana. Join Shane while he tries to unravel the mysterious death and tragic life of a young girl who very well could be the first Chicago victim of H.H....

Duration:00:37:09

Black Like Me

5/3/2021
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup that white performers have used throughout history to portray, and demean, black people. The dark substance white performers would put on their faces was typically shoe polish, grease paint, or burnt cork, and the end result was as ridiculous and off-putting as you might imagine. Throughout history has there ever been an appropriate time someone wore blackface? Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsor: LiquidIV.com

Duration:00:09:59

Monopoly

4/19/2021
Have you ever heard of The Landlord's Game, created by Elizabeth Magie? Well if you haven't, you certainly aren't alone. Elizabeth Magie's creation looked like Monopoly, but it was anti-Monopoly - more accurately, it's the original Monopoly, that was renamed and repackaged in 1906 in one of the greatest intellectual property thefts of the 20th century. Episode Sponsors: Mintmobile.com/hometownIndeed.com/hometown

Duration:00:12:11

The Cadaver Synod

4/12/2021
World history is filled with strange occurrences, from deadly fashion trends to wars fought on baseless grounds. However, none are as weird as the Cadaver Synod, which saw the decaying corpse of a pope being screamed at for hours on end by one of his successors during a bizarre posthumous trial. The Cadaver Synod continues to haunt the Catholic Church, mainly due to the fact that it took place at a time when the papacy was subject to political intrigue, controversy, and murder. Indeed, even...

Duration:00:17:31

Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home

4/5/2021
The centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the former home of our 16th president, where he lived with his young family for seventeen years. After moving to the White House in 1861, Abraham and Mary kept this as a rental with plans of returning after serving in Washington. Following his assassination in 1865, she refused to come back, and the house was later donated to the State of Illinois. In the 1970s, the state transferred ownership to the National Park...

Duration:00:24:43

April Fools' Day

3/29/2021
The first of April is widely regarded as an unofficial holiday reserved for pranks and hoaxes that seem too ridiculous to be believed yet are surprisingly enough to fool several hundreds of people. The pages of history are littered with such incidents, from claims of a flying saucer to news reports of a shocking theft. For decades now, individuals – and even, reputable organizations – have been trying to outdo each other with the craziest yet most believable tales. These may not always...

Duration:00:13:18

Liberty's First Crisis

3/22/2021
When the founding fathers of the United States began adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution to help secure rights and safeguard a free society, the first thing they focused on was the most fundamental: free speech. Autho Charles Slack joins us again for this episode. Check out his book "Liberty's First Crisis" which you can find on Amazon. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Stereo.com/hometownhistory

Duration:00:32:52

Benjamin Franklin and the Bald Eagle

3/15/2021
I think since the very beginning, America has struggled with the question of whether it was a turkey or an eagle. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Ritual.com/hometownStereo.com/hometownhistoryIndeed.com/Hometown

Duration:00:27:04

The Two-Party System

3/8/2021
Those of you who have listened to my podcasts over the past few years will know how I feel about the discipline of history. It’s been one of the great joys in my life and I believe it’s made me a better thinker, a better person, and a more responsible citizen. I think it does that for all of us when we’re willing to set aside our assumptions and look frankly and interrogatingly at the past. I’ve invited a personal friend and a professor at a nearby university, Dr. Mark Smith, onto the...

Duration:00:18:39

Black Powder Explosions

3/1/2021
If you lived outside the town of Wilmington, Delaware during the 19th century you probably found yourself, at some point during the week, sitting at the Burning Rag Inn, downing a glass of lukewarm ale. You’d be there with friends from work, shooting the breeze, maybe having a meal with the faint smell of gunpowder in the air. Episode Sponsorships: Stereo.com/hometownhistoryDick's book is "Across the Creek: Black Powder Explosions On the Brandywine"

Duration:00:35:18

Misfits, Part 5: Hetty Green

2/15/2021
Nicknamed the Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green was an American businesswoman and financier known as the richest woman in America during the late 19th century. She was known for her wealth and was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "greatest miser," which meant that even when being incredibly rich, she was a renowned cheapskate. Interview featuring author Charles Slack, his book on Hetty Green can be found at https://www.charlesslackauthor.com/ Sponsorship: - Get key...

Duration:00:31:12

Misfits, Part 4: Diogenes

2/1/2021
The 4th person we are highlighting in our misfits series is Diogenes the Cynic, known more commonly as Diogenes. He was born in Sinope (modern day Turkey) around 404BC (or 412BC, its not exactly clear) and died at Corinth in 323 BC. Diogenes was a very controversial figure - let us tell you why. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Best Fiends FREESupport the show by becoming a Patreon, check out the perks! patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:16:55

Misfits, Part 3: George Dibbern

1/15/2021
Born in 1889, George Dibbern was an author, adventurer, and sailor-philosopher. He was a free thinker, self-declared citizen of the world and is our 3rd Misfits in our series. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Best Fiends FREERitual.com/HometownSupport the show by becoming a Patreon, check out the perks! patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:22:06

Misfits, Part 2: Tarrare

12/15/2020
Tarrare was born in 1772 in rural France. He was born hungry, and seemingly that hunger never went away. This 2nd episode in our Misfits series is focused on one of history's most fascinating people - a man noted for his unusual eating habits. Episode Sponsors: Swanson.comSupport us at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Check out Shane's other podcast - Foul Play

Duration:00:16:03