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Episode 7 – The Overmountain Men
People tend to think about the Revolutionary War in idealistic terms. It was a gentlemen’s war, fought with clearly delineated rules of war. That usually ignores basic facts, like how during the battle of Yorktown, General Cornwallis deliberately infected escaped slaves — who were under his protection — with smallpox and sent them into the…
Episode 6 – The Campaign of 1776
After the abrupt end of the meeting between the Cherokee Nation and Richard Henderson of the Transylvania Company at Sycamore Shoals, War breaks out between the Americans and their British masters. The Cherokee must choose, side with the Americans or their British allies. Dragging Canoe leads a invasion into East Tennessee.
Episode 5 – 20 Years of Blood
This episode I discuss the events leading up to the Cherokee-American War, the conflict which tips off 20 years of conflict between settlers and Cherokee. The principle actors being Attakullakulla, Oconostota, and Dragging Canoe. I also touch on the sources for this period, and why it has languished so long in obscurity.
Episode 3 – A Cherokee History
This week James takes a look at the Cherokee Nation, their history, and their origins. He also examines their relationships to early American settlers and dives into the Anglo-Cherokee War, a subset war within the French and Indian War. This is the first episode in the State of Franklin cycle.
Episode 3 – Robert Morris and the Financial Crisis
When people take a deep dive into the American Revolution, one name languishes in obscurity. Was he a thief? A tory? Or was he something more? In this episode I discuss who is the man that saved the Revolution, Robert Morris. Check out the book of the week here (http://www.americanlegendspodcast.com/?page_id=49) Check out my Patreon page here (https://www.patreon.com/nerdunion) Follow…
Episode 2 – The Treaty of Paris
John Adams — Lawyer, politician, diplomat, and farmer — makes his way to Paris to try and end the Revolutionary War. However, when he arrives, finds his allies ready to carve up the United States. Check out the book of the week here! Check out my Patreon here!
Episode 1 – What Are “These United States”?
This week’s episode centers around the Newburgh Conspiracy of 1783. Who were the conspirators (if there was a conspiracy)? What events pushed the United States Army to even consider a mutiny, and who exactly is this Washington fellow leading them? Transcript Introduction Hello, and welcome to American Legends. Episode One: What are “These United States”…
Episode 0 – Introduction
This episode is designed to orient you to the narrative journey we are about to being, please take a listen to the introduction of the American Legends series.