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Remembering the Broadcasters of Amsterdam, NY


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The Historians LogoThis week on “The Historians” podcast, Bob Cudmore provides his Top Ten List of Amsterdam, NY, broadcasters. Dave Greene is co-host. One local native became a top ABC television correspondent who died in a helicopter crash on his way to cover a strike in Minnesota. Another Amsterdam native was part of Boston’s favorite TV anchor team for thirty years.

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Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire


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ben_franklins_worldWhen we explore the history of early America, we often look at people who lived and the events that took place in North America. But what about the people who lived and worked in European metropoles?

What about Native Americans?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we explore early American history through a slightly different lens, a lens that allows us to see interactions that occurred between Native American peoples and English men and women who lived in London. Our guide for this exploration is Coll Thrush, an Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and author of Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire (Yale University Press, 2016). You can listen to the episode here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/132

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Thomas Jefferson’s Empire of Liberty


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ben_franklins_worldThe United States has a complicated history when it comes to ideas of empire and imperialism. Since it’s earliest days, the United States has wanted the power that came with being an empire even while declaring its distaste for them.

Therefore, it should not be surprising that the man who drafted the Declaration of Independence, which severed the 13 American colonies’ ties to the most powerful empire in the mid-to-late 18th century world, also had strong views about empire: Thomas Jefferson wanted the United States to become a great and vast “Empire of Liberty.”

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Frank Cogliano, a Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh and author of Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy (Yale University Press, 2014), joins us to explore how Thomas Jefferson came to be a supporter and promoter of empires.. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/131

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Paul Revere’s Ride Through History


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ben_franklins_worldOn April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode to Lexington, Massachusetts to spread the alarm that the Regulars were marching. Revere made several important rides between 1774 and 1775, including one in September 1774 that brought the Suffolk Resolves to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

So why is it that we remember Paul Revere’s ride to Lexington and not any of his other rides?

Why is it that we remember Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775 and nothing about his life either before or after that famous ride?

Why is it that Paul seems to ride quickly into history and then just as quickly out of it?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we speak with four scholars to explore Paul Revere’s ride through history. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/130

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The Road to Concord, 1775


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ben_franklins_worldHow did the colonists of Massachusetts go from public protests meant to shame government officials and destroy offending property, to armed conflict with British Regulars in Lexington and Concord?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, John Bell, the prolific blogger behind Boston1775.net and the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War, (Westholme Publishing, 2016), leads us on an investigation of what brought colonists and redcoats to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/129

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