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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 Case of Henry Livermore Abbott

9/20/2021
On a cold morning, October 21st, 1861, an officer in the Union army named Major Henry Livermore Abbott led the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment through another hopeless assault against a superior enemy force, up an isolated hill at the tip of northern Virginia, at what would become known as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.

Duration:00:20:48

The Stabbing of Monica Seles

9/13/2021
Sometimes the bad guys win. Sometimes the people with the worst intentions get what they want in life and their victims lose everything, like when one unemployed German lathe operator attempted to murder the best tennis player in the world with a 9-inch boning knife in 1993 – on live TV. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show by becoming a Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:12:39

America's Cincinnatus

9/6/2021
One of the most important hometowns in American history is Alexandria, Virginia. Along with being the wealthiest city in Virginia, Alexandria is home to the Institute for Defense. Analyses, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation.This city of 150,000 boasts a long list of famous residents, including Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Doors front man Jim Morrison, Civil War general Robert E. Lee, and NASA rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, among many...

Duration:00:10:17

Forgotten Third Battle of the American Civil War

8/23/2021
The first battle of the Civil War was the Battle of Fort Sumter, off the coast of South Carolina, in early April 1861. A week later, something like a battle erupted in the streets of Baltimore during the Pratt Street Riots, when Union soldiers faced off with a gang of Southern sympathizers during their march through the city. Four Union soldiers and 12 citizens were killed in the shooting. The next clash was a gory three-man skirmish in a staircase in a Virginian hotel, the Marshall Inn, one...

Duration:00:17:04

The Italian Hall Disaster of 1913

8/9/2021
Sometimes known as the 1913 Massacre, the Italian Hall Disaster was a tragedy that occurred on December 24th, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan. 73 people were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryEpisode Sponsors:Get better hydration today and get 25% off your order at LiquidIV.com and us code HOMETOWN at checkout Get key nutrients - without the B.S....

Duration:00:13:31

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.comSupport 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.comSupport 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/itshometownhistoryVisit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors:Get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month by going to 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.comEpisode Sponsors:Get 25% off your Liquid IV at Liquidiv.com and use code HOMETOWN at checkoutStart your ritual today and get 10% off during your first 3 months at Ritual.com/hometown

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.comSupport our show by becoming a Patron! Episode Sponsors:Get your new wireless plan for only $15 a month (with FREE Shipping!) at MintMobile.com/hometown Hire the best candidates and get a FREE $75 credit at 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. Holmes....

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.comEpisode Sponsor: Grab your Liquid I.V. and get 25%...

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:Get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month with FREE shipping at Mintmobile.com/hometownReceive a $75 job credit to...

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.comEpisode Sponsors:Join us 3 times each week for LIVES exclusively on the Stereo App!...

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.comEpisode Sponsors:Get key nutrients without the B.S. - Get 10% off your first 3 months at Ritual.com/hometownJoin us 3x each week for LIVE conversations exclusively on the Stereo App! Stereo.com/hometownhistoryIndeed delivers 4x more hires than all other job sites combined! Get $75 credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.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