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36.005 – Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.16 – Don’t Mess With Washington

The new French Minister to the US arrives in Philadelphia and begins causing a stir both within the Washington administration and out in the streets. Meanwhile, Washington has another bout of ill health but recovers just in time to have to rush back to Mount Vernon despite being in the midst of diplomatic tensions. Party … Continue reading 1.16 – Don’t Mess With Washington →

Duration: 00:40:23

1.15 – It’s Not Easy Being Neutral

The British and French are at war, and the Washington administration is caught in the middle. Though the US government had established a Treaty of Alliance with the French back in the Revolutionary War, the administration had to question whether the new French republican government was in fact valid and whether the US was still … Continue reading 1.15 – It’s Not Easy Being Neutral →

Duration: 00:50:33

1.14 – The Second Inaugural

The lead up to Washington’s second inaugural ended up being much more dramatic than anyone could have imagined as personal conflicts threatened the construction of the Federal City, Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds threatened to be made public knowledge, and Representative William Branch Giles filed resolutions against Hamilton accusing him of official misconduct and calling … Continue reading 1.14 – The Second Inaugural →

Duration: 00:31:14

1.13 – Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Washington has an important decision to make as the Election of 1792 looms. Should he accede to the wishes of many and stand for reelection or should he take his weary bones back to Mount Vernon for the remainder of his days? The growing factional agitations that were exacerbated by Hamilton’s submitting his Report on … Continue reading 1.13 – Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? →

Duration: 00:31:39

One Year Anniversary Special Episode

In honor of my one year anniversary of podcasting, I did this special episode to run simultaneously on the Harrison Podcast to share a little bit about how I got started podcasting, some information about our audience, and a chance for you to be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Powell’s Books. … Continue reading One Year Anniversary Special Episode →

Duration: 00:11:28

1.12 – Slavery in America

Content Note: Though not going into graphic detail, I did want to let everyone know upfront that this episode, in discussing slavery, does touch upon the violence associated with slavery including that perpetrated against female enslaved people. European settlers in the Western Hemisphere began practicing slavery in the lands that they found on the other … Continue reading 1.12 – Slavery in America →

Duration: 00:29:23

1.11 – Mad Anthony and His Legion

Washington hopes that third time will be the charm as he taps Anthony Wayne, a general who had served under him in the Revolutionary War, to take command of the Army following St. Clair’s defeat and to prosecute military action against native forces in the old Northwest. Wayne, who earned the nickname of “Mad Anthony” … Continue reading 1.11 – Mad Anthony and His Legion →

Duration: 00:21:17

1.10 – Agitations 2: Foreign Intrigues

Numerous foreign relations issues faced Washington’s first administration. In this episode, we examine how the administration dealt with the Anglo-American trade imbalance, the impact of the French Revolution, Spanish attempts to break the lands west of the Appalachians away from the US, and what would prove to be the only successful major large scale slave … Continue reading 1.10 – Agitations 2: Foreign Intrigues →

Duration: 00:51:20

1.09 – Agitations

Increasingly during the Washington administration, tensions were beginning to build between pro-administration and anti-administration factions which would ultimately culminate in the development of the First Party System. This episode looks at some of the structural and cultural reasons for these divisions as well as some of the early leaders of the two factions including, of course … Continue reading 1.09 – Agitations →

Duration: 00:22:06

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