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Ben Franklins World

By Liz Covart

Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.

  1. 1.
    199 Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire14 August 2018
    39:58
  2. 2.
    198 Andrew Lipman, Saltwater Frontier: Native Americans and the Contest for the Northeastern Coast7 August 2018
    54:52
  3. 3.
    197 Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France31 July 2018
    56:59
  4. 4.
    196 Alejandra Dubcovsky, Information Exchange in the Early Southeast24 July 2018
    42:03
  5. 5.
    195 Morgan Bengel, Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine17 July 2018
    40:43
  6. 6.
    194 Garrett Cloer, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site10 July 2018
    1:00:33
  7. 7.
    Bonus: Behind the Scenes of the Adams-Jefferson Letters6 July 2018
    39:38
  8. 8.
    193 Partisans: The Friendship and Rivalry of Adams and Jefferson3 July 2018
    1:23:18
  1. 9.
    192 Brian Regal, The Secret History of the Jersey Devil26 June 2018
    56:51
  2. 10.
    191 Lisa Brooks, A New History of King Philip's War19 June 2018
    1:04:53
  3. 11.
    190 Jennifer Goloboy, Origins of the American Middle Class12 June 2018
    51:04
  4. 12.
    189 Sam White, The Little Ice Age5 June 2018
    51:48
  5. 13.
    188 Terri Halperin, The Alien and Sedition Acts of 179829 May 2018
    56:44
  6. 14.
    187 Kenneth Cohen, Sport in Early America22 May 2018
    50:53
  7. 15.
    186 Max Edelson, The New Map of the British Empire15 May 2018
    1:05:42
  8. 16.
    185 Joyce D. Goodfriend, Early New York City and its Culture8 May 2018
    56:36
  9. 17.
    184 David Silverman, Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America1 May 2018
    56:16
  10. 18.
    183 Douglas Bradburn, George Washington's Mount Vernon24 April 2018
    1:06:46
  11. 19.
    182 Douglas Winiarski, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: The Great Awakening in New England17 April 2018
    59:07
  12. 20.
    181 Virginia DeJohn Anderson, The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale & Moses Dunbar10 April 2018
    54:15
  13. 21.
    180 Kate Elizabeth Brown, Alexander Hamilton and the Making of American Law3 April 2018
    59:47
  14. 22.
    Bonus: Listener Q&A About Religion in Early New England30 March 2018
    9:12
  15. 23.
    179 George Van Cleve, After the Revolution: Governance During the Critical Period27 March 2018
    1:04:43
  16. 24.
    178 Karoline Cook, Muslims and Moriscos in Colonial Spanish America20 March 2018
    50:05
  17. 25.
    177 Martin Brückner, The Social Life of Maps in America13 March 2018
    55:46
  18. 26.
    176 Daina Ramey Berry, The Value of the Enslaved From Womb to Grave6 March 2018
    50:17
  19. 27.
    175 Daniel Epstein, House Divided: The Revolution in Ben Franklin's House27 February 2018
    45:53
  20. 28.
    174 Thomas Apel, Yellow Fever in the Early American Republic20 February 2018
    50:40
  21. 29.
    173 Marisa Fuentes, Colonial Port Cities and Slavery13 February 2018
    54:29
  22. 30.
    172 Kenneth Daigler, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War6 February 2018
    49:42
  23. 31.
    171 Jessica Stern, Native Americans, British Colonists, and Trade in North America30 January 2018
    1:00:25
  24. 32.
    170 Wendy Warren, New England Bound: Slavery in Early New England23 January 2018
    42:55
  25. 33.
    169 Thomas Kidd, The Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin16 January 2018
    51:18
  26. 34.
    168 Andrea Smalley, Wild By Nature: Colonists and Animals in North America9 January 2018
    50:48
  27. 35.
    167 Eberhard Faber, The Early History of New Orleans2 January 2018
    52:39
  28. 36.
    166 Freedom and the American Revolution26 December 2017
    57:16
  29. 37.
    165 The Age of Revolutions19 December 2017
    1:19:16
  30. 38.
    164 The American Revolution in the Age of Revolutions12 December 2017
    1:01:59
  31. 39.
    163 The American Revolution in North America5 December 2017
    1:04:28
  32. 40.
    162 Dunmore's New World: The Revolution and the British Empire28 November 2017
    47:50
  33. 41.
    161 Smuggling and the American Revolution21 November 2017
    1:21:50
  34. 42.
    160 The Politics of Tea14 November 2017
    1:31:09
  35. 43.
    159 The Revolutionary Economy7 November 2017
    50:55
  36. 44.
    158 The Revolutionaries' Army31 October 2017
    1:45:17
  37. 45.
    157 Judith Van Buskirk, The Revolution's African American Soldiers (Doing History Rev)24 October 2017
    53:39
  38. 46.
    156 Power of the Press in the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)17 October 2017
    1:22:02
  39. 47.
    155 Pauline Maier's American Revolution (Doing History Rev)10 October 2017
    1:24:59
  40. 48.
    154 The Freedoms We Lost (Doing History Rev)3 October 2017
    1:09:33
  41. 49.
    153 Committees and Congress: Governments of the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)26 September 2017
    1:39:33
  42. 50.
    152 Origins of the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)19 September 2017
    52:01
  43. 51.
    151 Defining the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)12 September 2017
    52:08
  44. 52.
    150 Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: Revolutionary Speculator5 September 2017
    1:01:25
  45. 53.
    149 George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London29 August 2017
    55:29
  46. 54.
    148 Marla Miller, Betsy Ross22 August 2017
    47:36
  47. 55.
    147 Don Hagist, British Soldiers, American War15 August 2017
    46:33
  48. 56.
    146 Robert Middlekauff, George Washington's Revolution8 August 2017
    51:35
  49. 57.
    145 Rosemarie Zagarri, Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution1 August 2017
    1:00:45
  50. 58.
    144 Robert Parkinson, The Common Cause of the American Revolution25 July 2017
    54:54
  51. 59.
    143 Michael Klarman, The Making of the United States Constitution18 July 2017
    1:07:43
  52. 60.
    142 Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition11 July 2017
    57:46
  53. 61.
    141 A Declaration in Draft (Doing History Rev)4 July 2017
    1:17:23
  54. 62.
    140 Tamara Thornton, Nathaniel Bowditch: 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea27 June 2017
    53:28
  55. 63.
    139 Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in the Americas20 June 2017
    47:52
  56. 64.
    138 Patrick Spero, Frontier Politics in Early America13 June 2017
    47:54
  57. 65.
    137 Erica Dunbar: The Washingtons' Runaway Slave, Ona Judge6 June 2017
    51:56
  58. 66.
    136 Jennifer Van Horn, Material Culture and the Making of America30 May 2017
    54:18
  59. 67.
    135 Julie Holcomb, Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy23 May 2017
    41:41
  60. 68.
    134 Spencer McBride, Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America16 May 2017
    51:14
  61. 69.
    133 Patrick Breen, The Nat Turner Revolt9 May 2017
    59:05
  62. 70.
    132 Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire2 May 2017
    37:03
  63. 71.
    131 Frank Cogliano, Thomas Jefferson's Empire of Liberty25 April 2017
    50:47
  64. 72.
    130 Paul Revere's Ride Through History (Doing History Rev)18 April 2017
    1:31:48
  65. 73.
    129 John Bell, The Road to Concord, 177511 April 2017
    54:42
  66. 74.
    128 Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History4 April 2017
    48:28
  67. 75.
    127 Caroline Winterer, American Enlightenments28 March 2017
    56:31
  68. 76.
    126 Rebecca Brannon, The Reintegration of American Loyalists21 March 2017
    47:05
  69. 77.
    125 Terri Snyder, Death, Suicide, and Slavery in British North America14 March 2017
    38:10
  70. 78.
    124 James Alexander Dun, Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America7 March 2017
    54:06
  71. 79.
    123: Revolutionary Allegiances (Doing History Rev)28 February 2017
    1:34:14
  72. 80.
    122 Andrew O'Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America21 February 2017
    47:23
  73. 81.
    121 Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World14 February 2017
    39:41
  74. 82.
    120 Marcia Zug, A History of Mail Order Brides in Early America7 February 2017
    51:58
  75. 83.
    119 Steve Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration31 January 2017
    54:31
  76. 84.
    118 Christy Clark-Pujara, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island24 January 2017
    56:03
  77. 85.
    117 Annette Gordon-Reed, The Life and Ideas of Thomas Jefferson17 January 2017
    46:21
  78. 86.
    116 Erica Charters, Disease & The Seven Years' War10 January 2017
    45:40
  79. 87.
    115 Andrew Torget, The Early American History of Texas3 January 2017
    53:52
  80. 88.
    Bonus: Lonnie Bunch, History & Historians in the Public (Doing History)30 December 2016
    35:27
  81. 89.
    114 Karin Wulf, The History of Genealogy (Doing History)27 December 2016
    48:50
  82. 90.
    113 Brian Murphy, Building the Empire State20 December 2016
    46:51
  83. 91.
    112 Mary Beth Norton, The Tea Crisis of 1773 (Doing History Revolution)13 December 2016
    45:56
  84. 92.
    111 Jonathan Eacott, India in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-18306 December 2016
    51:27
  85. 93.
    110 Joshua Taylor, How Genealogists Research (Doing History)29 November 2016
    45:08
  86. 94.
    109 John Dixon, The American Enlightenment & Cadwallader Colden22 November 2016
    54:15
  87. 95.
    108 Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright15 November 2016
    48:52
  88. 96.
    107 Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention8 November 2016
    51:04
  89. 97.
    106 Jane Kamensky, The World of John Singleton Copley1 November 2016
    50:43
  90. 98.
    105 Joshua Piker, How Historians Publish History (Doing History)25 October 2016
    54:30
  91. 99.
    104 Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater Frontier18 October 2016
    52:15
  92. 100.
    103 Sara Bon-Harper, James Monroe & His Estate Highland11 October 2016
    46:55
  93. 101.
    102 William Nester, George Rogers Clark4 October 2016
    41:08
  94. 102.
    101 John Demos, How Historians Write About History (Doing History)27 September 2016
    44:52
  95. 103.
    100 Behind-the-Scenes with Liz Covart & Ben Franklin's World20 September 2016
    38:04
  96. 104.
    099 Mark Hanna, Pirates & Pirate Nests in the British Atlantic World13 September 2016
    44:27
  97. 105.
    098 Gautham Rao, Birth of the American Tax Man6 September 2016
    48:19
  98. 106.
    097 Billy Smith, How to Organize Your Research (Doing History)30 August 2016
    46:34
  99. 107.
    096 Nicholas Guyatt, The Origins of Racial Segregation in the United States23 August 2016
    1:03:01
  100. 108.
    095 Rose Doherty, A Tale of Two Bostons16 August 2016
    38:50
  101. 109.
    094 Cassandra Good, Founding Friendships9 August 2016
    42:39
  102. 110.
    093 Taylor Stoermer, Harvard University & Colonial North America2 August 2016
    43:57
  103. 111.
    092 Sharon Block, How to Research History Online (Doing History)26 July 2016
    53:41
  104. 112.
    091 Gregory Dowd, Rumors, Legends, & Hoaxes in Early America19 July 2016
    42:26
  105. 113.
    090 Caitlin Fitz, Age of American Revolutions12 July 2016
    44:37
  106. 114.
    089 Jessica Millward, Slavery & Freedom in Early Maryland5 July 2016
    48:56
  107. 115.
    088 Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing (Doing History)28 June 2016
    48:46
  108. 116.
    087 Sean Condon, Shays' Rebellion21 June 2016
    44:19
  109. 117.
    086 George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London14 June 2016
    51:13
  110. 118.
    085 Bonnie Huskins, American Loyalists in Canada7 June 2016
    42:51
  111. 119.
    084 Zara Anishanslin, How Historians Read Historical Sources (Doing History)31 May 2016
    49:37
  112. 120.
    083 Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston24 May 2016
    40:16
  113. 121.
    082 Alejandra Dubcovsky, Information & Communication in the Early American South17 May 2016
    40:23
  114. 122.
    081 Don Glickstein, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence10 May 2016
    37:08
  115. 123.
    080 Jen Manion, Liberty's Prisoners: Prisons & Prison Life in Early America3 May 2016
    35:28
  116. 124.
    079 James Horn, What is a Historical Source? (Doing History)26 April 2016
    49:47
  117. 125.
    078 Rachel Shelden, Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War19 April 2016
    44:27
  118. 126.
    077 Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail12 April 2016
    45:19
  119. 127.
    076 Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution5 April 2016
    46:18
  120. 128.
    075 Peter Drummey, How Archives Work (Doing History)29 March 2016
    54:23
  121. 129.
    074 Mary Wigge, Martha Washington22 March 2016
    34:59
  122. 130.
    073 Mark Noll, The Bible in Early America15 March 2016
    51:02
  123. 131.
    072 Ari Kelman, The American Civil War8 March 2016
    45:22
  124. 132.
    071 Bruce Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 17771 March 2016
    56:30
  125. 133.
    070 Jennifer Morgan, How Historians Research (Doing History)23 February 2016
    43:37
  126. 134.
    069 Abby Chandler, Law, Order, and Sexual Misconduct in Colonial New England16 February 2016
    49:12
  127. 135.
    068 Richard Brookhiser, Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln9 February 2016
    48:00
  128. 136.
    067 John Ryan Fischer, An Environmental History of Early California & Hawaii2 February 2016
    48:14
  129. 137.
    066 Simon Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics (Doing History)26 January 2016
    43:39
  130. 138.
    Bonus: Why Historians Study History (Doing History)22 January 2016
    26:04
  131. 139.
    065 Alexander Rose, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Network19 January 2016
    41:16
  132. 140.
    064 Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France12 January 2016
    56:57
  133. 141.
    063 Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War5 January 2016
    55:50
  134. 142.
    062 Carol Berkin, The Bill of Rights29 December 2015
    48:12
  135. 143.
    061 Edward Larson, George Washington in Retirement22 December 2015
    54:28
  136. 144.
    060 David Preston, Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution15 December 2015
    56:18
  137. 145.
    059 Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad8 December 2015
    42:17
  138. 146.
    058 Andrew Schocket, Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution1 December 2015
    33:17
  139. 147.
    057 Max Edling, War, Money, and the American State, 1783-186724 November 2015
    48:39
  140. 148.
    056 Daniel J. Tortora, The Anglo-Cherokee War, 1759-176117 November 2015
    43:33
  141. 149.
    055 Robb Haberman, John Jay: Forgotten Founder10 November 2015
    42:35
  142. 150.
    054 John D. Wilsey, American Exceptionalism: The History of an Idea3 November 2015
    52:30
  143. 151.
    053 Emerson W. Baker, The Salem Witch Trials of 169227 October 2015
    44:39
  144. 152.
    052 Ronald A. Johnson, Diplomacy in Black and White: Early United States-Haitian Relations20 October 2015
    48:54
  145. 153.
    051 Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: A History of Early Detroit13 October 2015
    53:37
  146. 154.
    050 Marla Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America6 October 2015
    44:07
  147. 155.
    049 Malcolm Gaskill, How the English Became American29 September 2015
    40:51
  148. 156.
    048 Ken Miller, Dangerous Guests; Enemy Captives During the War for Independence22 September 2015
    40:54
  149. 157.
    047 Emily Conroy-Krutz, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic15 September 2015
    48:30
  150. 158.
    046 John Ferling, Whirlwind: The American Revolution & the War That Won It8 September 2015
    56:31
  151. 159.
    045 Spencer McBride, Joseph Smith and the Founding of Mormonism1 September 2015
    43:49
  152. 160.
    044 Adam Shprintzen, The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement25 August 2015
    48:14
  153. 161.
    043 Matthew Osborn, Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early Republic18 August 2015
    52:34
  154. 162.
    Bonus: The Boston Stamp Act Riots14 August 2015
    46:34
  155. 163.
    042 Heather Cox Richardson, A History of the Republican Party11 August 2015
    1:07:56
  156. 164.
    041 Bruno Paul Stenson, Canada and the American Revolution4 August 2015
    45:07
  157. 165.
    040 For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington & the Presidential Title Controversy of 178928 July 2015
    43:52
  158. 166.
    039 Eric Nelson, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding21 July 2015
    51:09
  159. 167.
    038 Carolyn Harris, Magna Carta & Its Gifts to North America14 July 2015
    50:37
  160. 168.
    037 Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution7 July 2015
    45:05
  161. 169.
    036 Abigail Swingen, Competing Visions of Empire30 June 2015
    51:26
  162. 170.
    Bonus: Lafayette & the Hermione26 June 2015
    29:03
  163. 171.
    035 Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley and Washington Irving23 June 2015
    37:43
  164. 172.
    034 Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson, Southerner16 June 2015
    50:11
  165. 173.
    033 Douglas Bradburn, George Washington and His Library9 June 2015
    58:33
  166. 174.
    032 Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, One Colonial Woman's World2 June 2015
    51:09
  167. 175.
    031 Benjamin Franklin and the Papers of Benjamin Franklin Editorial Project26 May 2015
    50:27
  168. 176.
    030 Shelby M. Balik, Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography19 May 2015
    1:01:42
  169. 177.
    029 Colin Calloway, The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army12 May 2015
    54:51
  170. 178.
    Bonus: We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence8 May 2015
    40:57
  171. 179.
    028 Janice Fontanella, Building the Erie Canal5 May 2015
    42:47
  172. 180.
    027 Lisa Wilson, A History of Stepfamilies in Early America28 April 2015
    42:55
  173. 181.
    026 Robert Middlekauff, Washington's Revolution21 April 2015
    48:28
  174. 182.
    025 Jessica Parr, Inventing George Whitefield14 April 2015
    45:36
  175. 183.
    Bonus: Longfellow's Wayside Inn10 April 2015
    27:02
  176. 184.
    024 Kimberly Alexander, 18th-Century Fashion and Material Culture7 April 2015
    57:51
  177. 185.
    023 Early American History with the JuntoCast31 March 2015
    1:03:49
  178. 186.
    022 Vivian Bruce Conger, Deborah Read Franklin & Sally Franklin Bache: Benjamin Franklin's Women24 March 2015
    49:43
  179. 187.
    021 Eugene Tesdahl, Smuggling in Colonial America & Living History17 March 2015
    59:50
  180. 188.
    020 Kyle T. Bulthuis, Four Steeples Over the City Streets10 March 2015
    49:45
  181. 189.
    019 Kenneth Turino, The Colonial Boston Marketplace3 March 2015
    47:08
  182. 190.
    018 Danielle Allen, Our Declaration24 February 2015
    46:36
  183. 191.
    017 François Furstenberg, When the United States Spoke French17 February 2015
    52:10
  184. 192.
    016 Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-183210 February 2015
    42:25
  185. 193.
    015 Joyce E. Chaplin, Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit3 February 2015
    42:56
  186. 194.
    014 Claudio Saunt, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 177627 January 2015
    41:13
  187. 195.
    013 Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America20 January 2015
    53:54
  188. 196.
    012 Dane Morrison, True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity13 January 2015
    47:42
  189. 197.
    011 Jessica Baumert, The Woodlands Historic Site of Philadelphia6 January 2015
    42:13
  190. 198.
    010 Don N. Hagist, British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution30 December 2014
    43:12
  191. 199.
    009 Peter G. Rose, Delicious December16 December 2014
    41:05
  192. 200.
    008 Gregory O'Malley, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-18072 December 2014
    45:20

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