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Young Benjamin Franklin


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What in the first 40 years of his life made Benjamin Franklin the genius he became?

Benjamin Franklin serves as a great window on to the early American past because as a man of “variety” he pursued many interests: literature, poetry, science, business, philosophy, philanthropy, and politics. 

But one aspect of Franklin’s life has gone largely unstudied: his childhood and early life.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Nick Bunker, author of Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity (Penguin Random House, 2018), joins us to explore Benjamin Franklin’s early life and how family, childhood, and youthful experiences shaped him as a scientist and diplomat. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/207

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Ghosts of Long Island Local History


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long island history project logoAuthor and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky has found an engaging way to teach local history: add in ghosts. With her partner Joe Giaquinto, she has made a specialty of investigating historic hauntings across Long Island. On the latest episode of The Long Island History Project, she shares her experiences with the paranormal and how it’s affected her everyday life. Continue reading

First Ladies of the Republic


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La Presidente? The Presidentess? The First Lady of the Land?

The Second Article of the United States Constitution defines the Executive Branch of the government, the powers it has, and the role of the chief executive, the President of the United States.

But what about the position of the President’s spouse?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Jeanne Abrams, a Professor at the University Libraries and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, joins us to explore the lives and work of the first First Ladies of the American Republic with details from her book, First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison and the Creation of an Iconic American Role (NYU Press, 2018). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/205

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The Burr Conspiracy


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ben_franklins_worldAaron Burr: Revolutionary War hero, talented lawyer, Vice President, and Intriguer of treason?

Between 1805 and 1807, Aaron Burr supposedly intended to commit treason by dividing the American union. How did Americans learn about and respond to this treasonous intrigue?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, James Lewis Jr., a Professor of History at Kalamazoo College and author of The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis, guides us through what we know and don’t know about about Aaron Burr’s supposed plot to divide the American union. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/204

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Edith Varian Cockcroft: Crossroads of Rockland History


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crossroads of rockland historyThe September, 2018  the Crossroads of Rockland History podcast focused on the forgotten painter, inventor, couturier, textile designer and ceramist Edith Varian Cockcroft (1881-1962).

Eve M. Kahn (Art Historian and New York Times contributor) appeared with Sloatsburg native Peter Bush. They discussed the interesting life of the artist and the research that has been underway during this recent rediscovery.

Cockcroft, a Brooklyn native, studied art with William Merritt Chase and traveled widely in Europe before World War I. Critics lauded her atmospheric views of French and British coastal villages and portraits of nudes against vibrant fabric backdrops. She exhibited at venues such as the Paris Salon, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Collectors as elite as Moscow’s Ivan Morosov acquired her work. Continue reading