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1.32 – Samsons and Solomons

5/13/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1795-1796 Though finally managing to resolve his personnel issues, Washington and his Cabinet find themselves faced with a host of new problems including a new round of debate over the Jay Treaty and political maneuverings by the Democratic-Republicans as the next presidential election draws ever closer. Source information for this episode can be … Continue reading 1.32 – Samsons and Solomons →

Duration:00:27:39

1.31 – Runaway

4/29/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1773-1848 On May 21st, 1796, Ona/Oney Judge slips out of the President’s House in Philadelphia, PA in a bid to obtain her freedom from enslavement. The story of her being born into slavery at Mount Vernon, her being brought to work in the Washingtons’ household, and the Washingtons’ attempts at bringing Ona back … Continue reading 1.31 – Runaway →

Duration:00:42:55

1.30 – Under Pressure, Near and Far

4/15/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: c. 16th century-1795 Diplomatic representatives of the Washington administration navigate new waters as they seek a peaceful resolution to conflicts with the Barbary States and Spain while the President continues his frustrating search to find candidates willing to fill his vacant Cabinet offices. Meanwhile, the Senate throws the President a curve ball by rejecting … Continue reading 1.30 – Under Pressure, Near and Far →

Duration:00:32:05

1.29 – The Not So Dream Team

4/1/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1792-1796 With positions in his Cabinet to fill, Washington is finding it difficult to convince anyone to join his administration. Meanwhile, the son of his Revolutionary War comrade the Marquis de Lafayette shows up in the US and places the President in a difficult position as he’s forced to choose between personal loyalty … Continue reading 1.29 – The Not So Dream Team →

Duration:00:31:01

1.28 – A Caesar, a Cromwell, and a Washington: The Betrayals of 1795

3/18/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1794-1795 Despite achieving a major diplomatic victory in the Northwest Territory, the administration is rocked by controversy as Secretary of State Randolph is confronted about allegations of collusion with the French while Washington himself is accused of improper use of public finances. Scandals and controversies abound in this episode! Source information can be … Continue reading 1.28 – A Caesar, a Cromwell, and a Washington: The Betrayals of 1795 →

Duration:00:27:12

1.27 – The Light of Burning Effigies

3/4/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1789-1799 While the construction of the nation’s new capital proceeds, the public battle against the Jay Treaty begins in earnest upon its publication by Benjamin Franklin Bache. Demonstrations and meetings go on up and down the Eastern seaboard, and even Alexander Hamilton has difficulty determining how to respond. Meanwhile, Washington has to fill … Continue reading 1.27 – The Light of Burning Effigies →

Duration:00:41:02

1.26 – A Monument of Folly and Venality

2/18/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1794-1795 The Jay Treaty finally arrives in Philadelphia, but it turns out to be more of a curse than the blessing for which Washington and his administration were hoping. As Washington and Randolph scramble to figure out what to do with the treaty, the opposition makes preparations for a full-on attack on this … Continue reading 1.26 – A Monument of Folly and Venality →

Duration:00:27:23

1.25 – The Happy Course

2/4/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1772-1795 As Alexander Hamilton readies himself to depart from the administration at the beginning of 1795, I use this defining point of the Washington presidency to explore various points of domestic policy and foreign issues including the establishment of the Trans-Oconee Republic, the state of the Democratic-Republican faction, the first steps of the … Continue reading 1.25 – The Happy Course →

Duration:00:28:49

1.24 – The Mvskoke and Mathews

1/21/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1783-1793 The development of white settlements in what was then the Southwest United States brings about conflicts with various Native American nations including the Mvskoke (commonly referred to as the Creek). Thus, the Washington administration finds itself in the position of having to police its own citizens while at the same time negotiating … Continue reading 1.24 – The Mvskoke and Mathews →

Duration:01:12:04

36.005 – Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

1/15/2018
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In remembrance of Dr. King, join me on a tour of the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA. The site highlights the life of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, as well as shares information about other social activists related to the Kings and about the African-American community in … Continue reading 36.005 – Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site →

Duration:00:11:50

1.23 – Effigies and Efficacies

1/7/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1793-1794 James Monroe arrives in France as major changes are occurring in the governance of the nation – Robespierre is out, and the Thermadorians are in. Back in the US, Washington and Hamilton ride at the head of an army west to put an end to the Whiskey Rebellion once and for all, … Continue reading 1.23 – Effigies and Efficacies →

Duration:00:37:44

1.22 – My, What Big Treaties You Have

12/24/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1793-1794 Developments on both sides of the Atlantic keep the administration busy in 1794. Prominent envoys are sent to both Britain and France in order to avert the US being drawn into conflict with a foreign power. General Wayne and his troops march into action in the Northwest Territory. Even Washington is getting … Continue reading 1.22 – My, What Big Treaties You Have →

Duration:00:28:22

1.215 – Martha Washington

12/13/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1731-1802 In this special episode, we take a closer look at Martha Washington, the woman who would serve as the nation’s first First Lady before the term was even crafted for the role. To help us better understand her life and her role in American history, I am joined in this episode by … Continue reading 1.215 – Martha Washington →

Duration:01:43:47

1.21 – The Bigger They Are

11/26/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1792-1794 The Washington administration is beset by various problems in the west while the British threaten American shipping interests in the West Indies, leading the two nations on the path to war. Though growing ever more tired of his position, President Washington must devise a plan to thwart attempts at rebellion in the … Continue reading 1.21 – The Bigger They Are →

Duration:00:28:37

1.045 – A Proclamation of Thanksgiving

11/22/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1619, 1621, 1789 To mark the upcoming US holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to release this special episode to provide a few thoughts on the holiday and its history and legacy as well as share with you President Washington’s proclamation issued on October 3rd, 1789 calling for the first day of national Thanksgiving … Continue reading 1.045 – A Proclamation of Thanksgiving →

Duration:00:05:23

1.205 – Randolph

11/12/2017
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Though well known in his own day, Thomas Jefferson’s successor at the State Department is little known to modern audiences. Thus, I present this special episode in order to help you understand our second Secretary of State. His name has been brought up in the podcast previously as he was the first Attorney General, but … Continue reading 1.205 – Randolph →

Duration:00:16:25

1.20 – Go West, Young Men

10/29/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1792-1794 Washington and his administration adjusts to the shake-up following Jefferson’s departure from the Cabinet. Meanwhile, attention is turned west due to General Wayne making steps to take his Legion of the United States into action as an attempt at negotiation with native forces fails in part because of British interference. The federal … Continue reading 1.20 – Go West, Young Men →

Duration:01:34:13

1.19 – Rebellion

10/15/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1791-1794 As Washington sets wheels in motion for some rather radical changes to his personal way of life, others at home and abroad start working towards some changes of their own. In western Pennsylvania, small-scale distillers and farmers begin to organize against a new federal tax that would impact them more detrimentally than … Continue reading 1.19 – Rebellion →

Duration:00:36:36

1.18 – Pestilence

10/1/2017
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Year(s) Discussed: 1786-1793 Washington, his household, and his administration struggle to deal with an epidemic of yellow fever as it makes its way through the city of Philadelphia, indiscriminately infecting people from all walks of life including a resident at the President’s House. In addition to the loss of life, the epidemic brings up questions … Continue reading 1.18 – Pestilence →

Duration:00:28:24

1.17 – Genet Must Go

9/17/2017
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Washington returns to Philadelphia to deal with the continued agitations of French Minister Genêt. Meanwhile, Attorney General Randolph goes south on a fact-finding mission, Philip Freneau continues his attacks against Washington and his administration in the pages of the National Gazette, and events continue to unfold in Europe which have ramifications across the pond. Through … Continue reading 1.17 – Genet Must Go →

Duration:00:59:47

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