In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Ade Solanke, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, joins us to not only explore the life of Phillis Wheatley, but also how playwrights use and research history to help them create dramatic works of art. Works of art that can help us forge an emotional connection with the past. [Read more…] about Phillis Wheatley & The Playwright Ade Solanke
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, a Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, joins us to explore the life and work of Cotton Mather, a Boston Puritan minister who actively sought to counteract the work of Catholic conversion, with details from her book Cotton Mather’s Spanish Lessons: A Story of Language, Race, and Belonging in the Early Americas (Harvard University Press, 2022). [Read more…] about Cotton Mather’s Spanish Lessons
What is the origin of misinformation in the American press? When did Americans decide that they needed to be concerned with figuring out whether the information they heard or read was truthful or fake?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Jordan E. Taylor joins us to find answers to these questions. Jordan is a historian who studies the history of media and the ways early Americans created, spread, and circulated news. [Read more…] about Misinformation Nation: Fake News in Early America
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Stephen Kling, Jr. guides us on an expedition through the American Revolution’s Western Theater.
The American Revolution and its War for Independence comprised the United States’ founding movement. The War for Independence also served as the fifth major war for European empire in North America. [Read more…] about The American Revolutionary War in the West
Have you ever wondered where the Christmas traditions of stockings, presents, and cookies come from?
What about jolly, old Saint Nicholas? Who was he and why do we often call him Santa Claus? [Read more…] about How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats
The Gaspee Affair is one we often overlook, but it played an essential and direct role in the events needed to draw the thirteen rebellious British North American colonies into a union of coordinated response. [Read more…] about The Gaspee Affair: An Attack On The Crown Before The Revolution
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Diane Hunter and John Bickers join us to investigate the history and culture of one of the Myaamia (Miami) people, one of the at least 1,000 Algonquian speaking Indigenous tribes and nations living in different areas of North America before the Spanish and other European empires arrived on the continent’s shores. [Read more…] about Some History of the Myaamia People
The answer lies in early Americans’ fascination with delirium tremens, or alcoholic insanity, and the Temperance Movement of the early-to-mid 19th century.
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Matthew Osborn, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and author of Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early American Republic (University of Chicago Press, 2014), leads us on an exploration of early American medical history and reform movements. [Read more…] about Alcoholic Insanity in the Early Republic
While there is no way to measure the exact impact of slavery upon the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, we do know the practice involved many millions of Indigenous people who were captured, bound, and sold as enslaved people.
Native Bound Unbound: Archive of Indigenous Slavery is a digital archive that seeks to document and name enslaved Indigenous individuals. [Read more…] about An Archive of Indigenous Slavery (Podcast)
But what do we really know about this holiday and the people who celebrated it? [Read more…] about The Pilgrims of Plimoth & The First Thanksgiving