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The American Revolution in North America


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ben_franklins_worldWhen we think about North America during the American Revolution, most of our brains show us images of eastern Canada and the thirteen British American colonies that waged a revolution and war for independence against Great Britain.

But what about the rest of the North American continent? What about the areas that we know today as the midwest, the Great Plains, the southwest, the west, and the Pacific Northwest? What about Alaska? What went on in these areas during the American Revolution?

What did the American Revolution look like through the eyes of Native American peoples?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we explore what the American Revolution looked like within the larger context of North American history with historians Claudio Saunt and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/163

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Long Island History Podcast: Roosevelt, NY


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Carol GilliamOn today’s episode we’re talking the history of Roosevelt, known as Rum Point for most of the 19th century. Our guest is Carol Gilliam, the Black Heritage Librarian at Roosevelt Public Library where she oversees a collection dedicated to black culture and history.

Our discussion includes the growth and use of the collection as well as the challenges and opportunities of preserving Roosevelt’s past. Along the way we highlight the Harlem Renaissance, Chuck D and Julius Irving.

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Rockland County History Podcast: Revolutionary Rogues


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Selene Castrovilla.  She discussed her new children’s book, Revolutionary Rogues:  John André and Benedict Arnold, a riveting nonfiction picture book that unfolds like a play, telling a story from American history. Gravely injured and with little chance for more military honors, Major-General Benedict Arnold seeks reward and recognition another way. He contacts Major John André, the new head of British intelligence and another man determined to prove himself. Arnold and André strike a deal and use Arnold’s intelligence to take over West Point, the strategic American fort. The plan ultimately fails, leading to André’s capture and death and Arnold’s loss of reward and glory. Ms. Castrovilla and the book’s illustrator, John O’Brien, brilliantly capture the tensions and high drama of these two revolutionary rogues by highlighting their similarities and differences and demonstrating how they brought about their own tragic ends. The book also includes an afterword, timelines of the lives of both men, an extensive bibliography, and a list of key places to visit.

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Long Island History Podcast Interviews Bill Bleyer


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Bill Bleyer. On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we interview author and journalist Bill Bleyer about his long history covering the Island and uncovering its past.

Bill has written books on the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sagamore Hill, and Long Island and the Civil War. He was also a journalist at Newsday for over thirty years and played a key role in the production of Long Island: Our Story.

You’ll hear about working as a journalist on Long Island, his battle with Robert Moses, and more.

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North American Economy on the Eve of the Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldHow much merit do the economic factors behind the cry “No Taxation Without Representation” have when we consider the origins of the American Revolution?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we begin a 3-episode exploration of different aspects of the early American economy and what roles these economic aspects played in causing the American Revolution. Serena Zabin, a Professor of History at Carleton College and author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (Penn Press, 2011), helps us survey the economic scene by guiding us through the British North American economy on the eve of the American Revolution. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/159

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