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Liz Covart

About Liz Covart

Liz Covart is the Digital Projects Editor at the Omohundro Institute at the College of William and Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. For more information about Liz and her podcast visit lizcovart.com.

Abigail Adams, Revolutionary Speculator


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ben_franklins_worldAbigail Adams lived through and participated in the American Revolution. As the wife of John Adams, she used her position to famously remind Adams and his colleagues to “remember the ladies” when they created laws for the new, independent United States.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Woody Holton, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and author of Abigail Adams (Free Press, 2009), helps us explore a different, largely unknown aspect of Adams’ life: Her financial investments. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/150

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Benjamin Franklin in London


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ben_franklins_worldOver the course of his long life, Benjamin Franklin traveled to and lived in London on two different occasions. The first time he went as a teenager. The second, as a man and colonial agent. All told he spent nearly 18 years living in the heart of the British Empire.

How did Franklin’s experiences in London shape his opportunities and view of the world?

George Goodwin, author of Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2016), leads us on an exploration of Franklin’s life in London.

You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/149

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Betsy Ross: Ben Franklin’s World


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ben_franklins_worldHow did everyday men and women experience life in the colonial America?

How did the American Revolution transform their work and personal lives?

Marla Miller, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011), guides us through the life of Betsy Ross with an aim to help us answer these questions. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/148

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British Soldiers, American War


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ben_franklins_worldWhat about the British Redcoats?

When we discuss the military history of the American War for Independence, we tend to focus on specific battles or details about the men who served in George Washington’s Continental Army.

Rarely do we take the opportunity to ask questions about the approximately 50,000 men who served in the British Army that opposed them.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Don N. Hagist, independent scholar and author of British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution (Westholme Publishing, 2012), leads us on exploration of the “other” men who fought in the American War for Independence, the soldiers in the British Army. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/147

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George Washington’s Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldWhat drove George Washington to become a Patriot during the American Revolution?

How did he overcome the ill-trained and inexperienced troops, inadequate pay, and supply problems that plagued the Continental Army to win the War for American Independence?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we revisit our conversation with Robert Middlekauff, professor emeritus of colonial and early United States history at the University of California, Berkeley, as we explore details from his book Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader (Vintage, 2015).You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/146.

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Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldMercy Otis Warren wasn’t your typical early American woman. She was a woman with strong political viewpoints, which she wrote about and published for the world to see and consider.

Did anyone take her views seriously?

Did her writings sway public opinion in the direction of her political views?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Rosemarie Zagarri, author of A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution (Wiley-Blackwell 2015), helps us kick off a new, six-episode series about the people of the American Revolution by taking us through the life of Mercy Otis Warren. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/145

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The Common Cause of the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldHow do you get people living in thirteen different colonies to come together and fight for independence?

What ideas and experiences would even unite them behind the fight?

Patriot leaders asked themselves these very questions, especially as the American Revolution turned from a series of political protests against imperial policies to a bloody war for independence. What’s more, Patriot leaders also asked themselves once we find these ideas and experiences, how do we use them to unite the American people?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Robert Parkinson, an Assistant Professor of History at Binghamton University and author of the award-winning book, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution (UNCPress, 2016), has some ideas for how patriot leaders answered these questions. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/144

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The Making of the United States Constitution


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ben_franklins_worldHow did the framers draft the Constitution of 1787? What powers does the Constitution provide the federal government? Why do we elect the President of the United States by an electoral system rather than by popular vote?

These are some of the many questions listeners have asked since November 2016. And in this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we’re going to explore some answers with Michael Klarman, author of The Founders’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/143

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A History of Abolition


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ben_franklins_worldMost histories of American abolitionism begin just before the Civil War, during the Antebellum period. But the movement to end chattel slavery in America began long before the United States was a nation.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Manisha Sinha, a professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of the award-winning book The Slaves Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016), takes us through the early American origins of the the abolition movement. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/142

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Nathaniel Bowditch: 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea


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ben_franklins_worldNathaniel Bowditch worked as a navigator, mathematician, astronomer, and business innovator. Over the course of his lifetime, his fellow Americans hailed him as the “American Sir Isaac Newton.”

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Tamara Thornton, a professor of history at the University of Buffalo and author of Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a Nineteenth-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea Changed America (UNCPress, 2016), leads us on a detailed exploration of the life of Nathaniel Bowditch. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/140

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