Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.It is a show 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.Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Making the State of South Carolina
What do we mean by “the state?” How is a “state” produced? Is “the state” something everyone can participate in producing? Ryan Quintana, an Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College and the author of Making a Slave State: Political Development in Early South Carolina, joins us to answer these questions with a look at the creation and development of the State of South Carolina.
The Poison Plot: Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport
In 1738, Benedict Arnold petitioned the Rhode Island General Assembly for a divorce from his wife Mary Ward Arnold. He claimed that Mary had taken a lover and together they had attempted to murder him with poison. How did this story of love, divorce, and attempted murder unfold? What does it reveal about the larger world of colonial America and the experiences of colonial American men and women? Elaine Forman Crane takes us through The Poison Plot: A Tale of Adultery and Murder in Colonial Newport.
Aquatic Culture in Early America
The Atlantic World has brought many disparate peoples together, which has caused a lot of ideas and cultures to mix. How did the Atlantic World bring so many different peoples and cultures together? How did this large intermixing of people and cultures impact the development of colonial America? Kevin Dawson, author of Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora, joins us to explore answers to these questions with an investigation of the African Diaspora and aquatic culture.
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