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Muslims & Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America


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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Karoline Cook, author of Forbidden Passages: Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), serves as our guide as we explore some of the political, cultural, and religious history of New Spain. Specifically, how Spaniards and Spanish Americans used ideas about Muslims and a group of “new Christian” converts called Moriscos to define who could and should be able to settle and help the Spanish colonies in North America. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/178

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Long Island History: Bodkin’s Book of Sayville


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sayville pizzaEveryone loves their hometown but Chris Bodkin, who grew up in Sayville, Long Island, in the 1950s and 60s, has a truly deep connection to this South Shore community.

Whether working in a boatyard, on a Fire Island ferry or as a local politician, Chris was in tune with his surroundings. So much so that we broke his interview into three chapters: the Book of Sayville.

You’ll hear about Sayville in the Depression, post-World War II, and into the 1970s. Along the way you’ll meet veterans, immigrants, French bakers, Hungarian dentists, and all the unique characters that contributed to one man’s history. Continue reading

The Social Life of Maps in America


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Did you know that maps have social lives? Maps facilitate a lot of different social and political relationships between people and nations. And they did a lot of this work for Americans throughout the early American past.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Martin Brückner, a Professor of English at the University of Delaware, joins us to discuss early American maps and early American mapmaking with details from his book The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (Omohundro Institute, 2017).
 You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/177

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Lexow Committee: 19th Century Police Corruption


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crossroads of rockland historyThis month on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan interviewed Daniel Czitrom, author of New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Era.

The book reveals the architects of what became known as the Lexow Committee, the state task force that – after a couple of rough starts – blew the lid off New York’s most corrupt practices and sent Tammany Hall, once again, into decline. The committee is named for New York State Senator and Rockland County resident Clarence Lexow. The author did some of the research for this intriguing book using the archives at the Historical Society of Rockland County. Continue reading

Historians: Baseball Players Turned Actors, Amsterdam Jewish Merchants


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians Podcast, film historian Rob Edelman discusses the new book he has edited From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors Rob’s wife and retired film professor Audrey Kupferberg has stories of Jewish merchants in the thriving downtown of the 1950s in her native Amsterdam, New York, where the couple lives.

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