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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast 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. Every Tuesday, Dr. Liz Covart speaks with historians and experts in early American history about everything from the political factions to the religious fervors and from the common illnesses to the favorite pastimes of the period. The show is produced by the Omohundro Institute--the first and foremost group in the United States dedicated to the study of early America. As part of its mission, the OI produces the Doing History series, an annual series designed to take you behind the scenes of history to show you how historians know what they know about the past and how they work.

Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast 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. Every Tuesday, Dr. Liz Covart speaks with historians and experts in early American history about everything from the political factions to the religious fervors and from the common illnesses to the favorite pastimes of the period. The show is produced by the Omohundro Institute--the first and foremost group in the United States dedicated to the study of early America. As part of its mission, the OI produces the Doing History series, an annual series designed to take you behind the scenes of history to show you how historians know what they know about the past and how they work.
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Williamsburg, VA

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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast 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. Every Tuesday, Dr. Liz Covart speaks with historians and experts in early American history about everything from the political factions to the religious fervors and from the common illnesses to the favorite pastimes of the period. The show is produced by the Omohundro Institute--the first and foremost group in the United States dedicated to the study of early America. As part of its mission, the OI produces the Doing History series, an annual series designed to take you behind the scenes of history to show you how historians know what they know about the past and how they work.

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Episodes

256 Christian Koot, Mapping Empire in the Chesapeake

9/17/2019
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How do empires come to be? How are empires made and who makes them? What role do maps play in making empires? Christian Koot is a Professor of History at Towson University and the author of A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake. Christian has researched and written two books about the seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch World to better understand empires and how they are made. Today, he joins us to take us through his research and to share what one specific map,...

Duration:01:01:11

255 Martha S. Jones, Birthright Citizenship

9/10/2019
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Who gets to be a citizen of the United States? How does the United States define who belongs to the nation? Early Americans asked and grappled with these questions during the earliest days of the early republic. Martha S. Jones is a Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and a former public interest litigator. Using details from her book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, Martha joins us to investigate how early Americans thought about...

Duration:00:58:08

254 Jeffrey Sklansky, The Money Question in Early America

9/3/2019
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We read and hear a lot about money. We read and hear about fluctuations in the value of the Dollar, Pound, and Euro, interest rates and who can and can’t get access to credit, and we also read and hear about new virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Facebook’s Libra. We talk a lot about money. But where did the idea of money come from? Did early Americans think about money a lot too? Jeffrey Sklansky is a Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of...

Duration:00:53:22

253 Susan Clair Imbarrato, Life and Revolution in Boston and Grenada

8/27/2019
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What can a family history tell us about revolutionary and early republic America? What can the letters of a wife and mother tell us about life in the Caribbean during the Age of Revolutions? These are questions Susan Clair Imbarrato, a Professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead, set out to answer as she explored an amazing trove of letters to and from a woman named Sarah Gray Cary. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/253 Sponsor Links Omohundro...

Duration:00:45:10

252 Matthew P. Dziennick, The Highland Soldier in North America

8/20/2019
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Much of early American history comprises stories of empire and how different Native, European, and Euro-American nations vied for control of North American territory, resources, and people. In this episode, Matthew P. Dziennick, an Assistant Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy and author The Fatal Land: War, Empire, and the Highland Soldier, presents us with one of these imperial stories. Specifically, we’re going to investigate the world of the eighteenth-century...

Duration:01:00:29

251 Cameron Strang, Frontiers of Science

8/13/2019
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What did early Americans think about science? And how did they pursue and develop their knowledge of it? Cameron Strang, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno and author of Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850, joins us to investigate the early American world of science and how early Americans developed their scientific knowledge. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/048 Sponsor...

Duration:00:53:35

Bonus: Virginia, 1619

8/6/2019
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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of two important events in American History: The creation of the first representative assembly in English North America and the arrival of the first African people in English North America. In this bonus episode, Cassandra Newby-Alexander helps us determine whether the English or Dutch brought the first African people to English North America and explore more about the lives of those first African people in early Virginia. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:06:37

250 Virginia, 1619

8/6/2019
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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of two important events in American History: The creation of the first representative assembly in English North America and the arrival of the first African people in English North America. Why were these Virginia-based events significant and how have they impacted American history? Cassandra Newby-Alexander, a scholar of African American and American History and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University, helps us find...

Duration:01:16:41

249 BFW Road Trip: James Monroe's Highland

7/30/2019
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Between 1789 and 1825, five men would serve as President of the United States. Four of them hailed from Virginia. Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe? Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, joins us to explore the public and private life of James Monroe. This episode originally posted as Episode103. Show...

Duration:00:46:58

248 BFW Road Trip: National Museum of African American History and Culture

7/23/2019
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Not all historians publish their findings about history in books and articles. Some historians convey knowledge about history to the public in public spaces and in public ways. We conclude the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series with a look at how historians do history for the public with guest historian Lonnie Bunch, the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. This episode originally posted as a Bonus Episode in 2016. Show...

Duration:00:33:39

247 BFW Road Trip: Schoharie Crossing

7/16/2019
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A “little short of madness.” That is how Thomas Jefferson responded when two delegates from New York approached him with the idea to build the Erie Canal in January 1809. Jefferson’s comment did not discourage New Yorkers. On January 4, 1817, New York State began building a 363-mile long canal to link the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes and the Midwest. Janice Fontanella, site manager of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, New York, joins us to...

Duration:00:40:06

246 BFW Road Trip: Château de Ramezay

7/9/2019
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Did Canada almost join the American Revolution? Bruno Paul Stenson, a historian and musicologist with the Château de Ramezay historic site in Montréal, joins us to discuss how the American Revolution played out in Canada. This episode originally posted as Episode 041. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/246 Sponsor Links Omohundro InstituteThe Ben Franklin's World Shop Complementary Episodes Episode 037: Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American...

Duration:00:43:34

245 Celebrating the Fourth

7/2/2019
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It wasn’t always fireworks on the fourth. John Adams predicted Americans would celebrate the Second of July, the day Congress voted in favor of independence, "with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other." He got the date wrong, but he was right about the festivities in commemoration of Independence Day. And yet July Fourth events have changed a great deal since 1776. How do our fireworks displays, barbecues,...

Duration:01:12:17

244 Kimberly Alexander, Shoe Stories From Early America

6/25/2019
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There’s a saying that tells us we should walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. It’s a reminder we should practice empathy and try to understand people before we cast judgement. As it happens, this expression is right on the mark because it seems when we use shoes as historical objects, we can learn a LOT about people and their everyday lives and actions. Kimberly Alexander, museum specialist, lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, and author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the...

Duration:01:00:51

243 Joseph Adelman, Revolutionary Print Networks

6/18/2019
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For the American Revolution to be successful, it needed ideas people could embrace and methods for spreading those ideas. It also needed ways for revolutionaries to coordinate across colonial lines. How did revolutionaries develop and spread their ideas? How did they communicate and coordinate plans of action? Joseph Adelman, an Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University and author of Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789,...

Duration:01:04:45

242 David Young, An Early History of Delaware

6/11/2019
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Delaware may be the second smallest state in the United States, but it has a BIG, rich history that can tell us much about the history of early America. David Young, the Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society, joins us to explore the early American history of Delaware from its Native American inhabitants through its emergence as the first state in the United States. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/242 Sponsor Links Omohundro InstituteThe Ben Franklin's...

Duration:00:51:01

241 Molly Warsh, Pearls and the Nature of the Spanish Empire

6/4/2019
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Spain became the first European power to use the peoples, resources, and lands of the Americas and Caribbean as the basis for its Atlantic Empire. How did this empire function and what wealth was Spain able to extract from these peoples and lands? Molly Warsh, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700, helps us investigate answers to these questions by showing us how Spain attempted to...

Duration:00:57:24

240 Flora Fraser, Biography and a Biographer's Work

5/28/2019
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Have you ever had one of those really conversations where the person was so fascinating that you wished the conversation didn’t have to end? Flora Fraser joins us for one of those conversations. We’ll talk about biography, and in doing so, she’ll tell us what it was like to grow up as the daughter and granddaughter of two famed, British biographers and about the genre of biography and how it developed in the United Kingdom. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/240 Sponsor...

Duration:00:45:04

239 Joseph Adelman, Travel and Post in Early America

5/21/2019
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How did the postal system work in Early America? How did people send mail across the North American colonies and the British Empire? Joseph Adelman, an Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University and author of Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing, 1763-1789, joins us to further explore how the early American postal system worked and how people and mail traveled around early North America and the Atlantic World. Show Notes:...

Duration:00:37:05

238 Stephen Brumwell, Benedict Arnold

5/14/2019
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Benedict Arnold is an intriguing figure. He was both a military hero who greatly impacted and furthered the American War for Independence with his bravery on the battlefield and someone who did something unthinkable: he betrayed his country. Stephen Brumwell, an award-winning historian and the author of Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty, joins us to explore the life and deeds of Benedict Arnold and Arnold’s stunning metamorphosis from hero to traitor. Show Notes:...

Duration:01:11:54