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Frontier Politics in Early America


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ben_franklins_worldDid you know that Connecticut and Virginia once invaded Pennsylvania?

During the 1760s, Connecticut invaded and captured the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania just as Virginia invaded and captured parts of western Pennsylvania. And Pennsylvania stood powerless to stop them.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Patrick Spero, the Librarian of the American Philosophical Society and author of Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), takes us through these invasions and reveals why Pennsylvania proved unable to defend its territory. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/138

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The Washingtons’ Runaway Slave, Ona Judge


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ben_franklins_worldGeorge Washington was an accomplished man. He served as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, first President of the United States, and on top of all that he was also a savvy businessman who ran a successful plantation.

George Washington was also a slaveholder. In 1789, he and his wife Martha took 7 slaves to New York City to serve them in their new role as First Family. A 16 year-old girl named Ona Judge was one of the enslaved women who accompanied and served the Washingtons.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Erica Dunbar, a Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware and author of Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge (Atria Books, 2017), leads us through the early American life of Ona Judge.  You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/137 Continue reading

Material Culture and the Making of America


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ben_franklins_worldWhat do the objects we purchase and use say about us?

If we take the time to think about the material objects and clothing in our lives, we’ll find that we can actually learn a lot about ourselves and other people. The same holds true when we take the time to study the objects and clothing left behind by people from the past.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Jennifer Van Horn, an Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware and author of The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), leads us on an exploration of the 18th-century British material world and how objects from that world can help us think about and explore the lives of 18th-century British Americans. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/136

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The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy


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ben_franklins_worldIf early Americans desired slaves mostly to produce sugarcane, cotton, rice, indigo, and tobacco, what would happen if Europeans and early Americans stopped purchasing those products?

Would boycotting slave-produced goods and starving slavery of its economic sustenance be enough to end the practice of slavery in North America?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Julie Holcomb, an Associate Professor of Museum Studies at Baylor University and author of Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy (Cornell University Press, 2016), helps us explore answers to these questions by leading us through the transatlantic boycott of slave produced goods. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/135

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The Civil War Dream Experience


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The Historians LogoThis week on “The Historians” podcast, Wanda Burch discusses her book, The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs.  Singer-songwriter John Kenosian has set some of these letters and memoirs to music.  Kenosian and Burch are performing a concert series in New York’s Montgomery County called Home Voices: The American Civil War Experience through Words and Music.

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