We finish out our special three-part series on Long Island’s Vietnam veterans by looking at a second battle they faced in the years after the war: the effects of Agent Orange. By the late 1970s the effects of this chemical defoliant were becoming known and veterans began to mobilize. [Read more…] about The Agent Orange Trial: Long Island Legal History
New York State Podcasts
We publish several podcast announcements each week. You can find them all here.
If you produce a podcast about an aspect of New York State and want to have it noticed here, e-mail editor John Warren at email@example.com
On the August 2021 episode of “Crossroads of Rockland History,” we turned our attention to the history scavenger hunt happening in Tappan, NY – now through 8/31/21. Carol LaValle, from the Tappantown Historical Society, appeared to discuss the details surrounding this fun, educational and family-friendly event, co-sponsored by the Tappan Library. [Read more…] about A History Scavenger Hunt in Tappan, NY
By the eighteenth century, the Atlantic Ocean had become a busy highway of ships crisscrossing its waters.
What do we know about the ships that made these transatlantic voyages and connected the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world through trade, people, and information? [Read more…] about 18th Century Merchant Shipping in the Atlantic
This week on The Historians Podcast, Kimberly Hess discusses A Lesser Mortal: The Unexpected Life of Sarah Cochran (Books Fluent, 2021). Cochran lived in Pennsylvania and headed companies that processed coal and coke. A distant ancestor of Hess, Cochran advocated for women’s suffrage and was a philanthropist. [Read more…] about The Coal Queen of Western Pennsylvania
On this episode of Empire State Engagements, a conversation with Dr. Marsha E. Barrett of the University of Illinois about her new article “‘Millionaires are more Democratic Now’: Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth in New York,” which appears in vol. 102.1 of New York History (Summer, 2021). [Read more…] about Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth: A Discussion
As the understanding of medicine and health evolved over time there were many examples in New York State of communities whose location was thought to have healing properties, most often because of the existence of springs or some other perceived environmental benefit.
The most famous is Saratoga Springs, but there are others around NYS, including Pitcher Springs in Chenango County. These locations flourished in the 19th century as people began to look to them not only as places of healing, but as places of high society and entertainment.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Deirdre Sinnott is author of The Third Mrs. Galway ( Kaylie Jones Books, 2021) a historical novel on race relations in the 1830s focusing on Utica, New York. [Read more…] about 19th Century Racial Issues in Utica NY on The Historians Podcast
The latest episode of Empire State Engagements features a conversation with Prof. Melissa Franson, PhD candidate in the History Department at Binghamton University and an instructor in the history department at SUNY New Paltz, about her New York History journal article “’Wide Awakes, Half Asleeps, Little Giants and Bell Ringers’: Political Partisanship in the Catskills of New York During the Elections of 1860 and 1862.” [Read more…] about Wide Awakes, Half Asleeps, Little Giants and Bell Ringers: Catskills’ Civil War Politics
How did black women in colonial Louisiana navigate French and Spanish black and slavery codes to retain control of their bodies, families, and futures? [Read more…] about Slavery & Freedom in French Louisiana
This week on The Historians Podcast, town historian Todd Langworthy on how Lily Dale in the Town of Pomfret in Western New York became a center for spiritualism. Pomfret also was the place where the Women’s Christian Temperance Union began and where the first farmers’ Grange was founded. And the town is home to the village of Fredonia and the SUNY College at Fredonia. [Read more…] about Spiritualism, Temperance, the Grange and More (Historians Podcast)