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Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History

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.
    169 Thomas Kidd, The Religious Life of Benjamin Franklin16 January 2018
    51:18
  2. 2.
    168 Andrea Smalley, Wild By Nature: Colonists and Animals in North America9 January 2018
    50:48
  3. 3.
    167 Eberhard Faber, The Early History of New Orleans2 January 2018
    52:39
  4. 4.
    166 Freedom and the American Revolution26 December 2017
    57:16
  5. 5.
    165 The Age of Revolutions19 December 2017
    1:19:16
  6. 6.
    164 The American Revolution in the Age of Revolutions12 December 2017
    1:01:59
  7. 7.
    163 The American Revolution in North America5 December 2017
    1:04:28
  8. 8.
    162 Dunmore's New World: The Revolution and the British Empire28 November 2017
    47:50
  1. 9.
    161 Smuggling and the American Revolution21 November 2017
    1:21:50
  2. 10.
    160 The Politics of Tea14 November 2017
    1:31:09
  3. 11.
    159 The Revolutionary Economy7 November 2017
    50:55
  4. 12.
    158 The Revolutionaries' Army31 October 2017
    1:45:17
  5. 13.
    157 Judith Van Buskirk, The Revolution's African American Soldiers (Doing History Rev)24 October 2017
    53:39
  6. 14.
    156 Power of the Press in the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)17 October 2017
    1:22:02
  7. 15.
    155 Pauline Maier's American Revolution (Doing History Rev)10 October 2017
    1:24:59
  8. 16.
    154 The Freedoms We Lost (Doing History Rev)3 October 2017
    1:09:33
  9. 17.
    153 Committees and Congress: Governments of the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)26 September 2017
    1:39:33
  10. 18.
    152 Origins of the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)19 September 2017
    52:01
  11. 19.
    151 Defining the American Revolution (Doing History Rev)12 September 2017
    52:08
  12. 20.
    150 Woody Holton, Abigail Adams: Revolutionary Speculator5 September 2017
    1:01:25
  13. 21.
    149 George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London29 August 2017
    55:29
  14. 22.
    148 Marla Miller, Betsy Ross22 August 2017
    47:36
  15. 23.
    147 Don Hagist, British Soldiers, American War15 August 2017
    46:33
  16. 24.
    146 Robert Middlekauff, George Washington's Revolution8 August 2017
    51:35
  17. 25.
    145 Rosemarie Zagarri, Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution1 August 2017
    1:00:45
  18. 26.
    144 Robert Parkinson, The Common Cause of the American Revolution25 July 2017
    54:54
  19. 27.
    143 Michael Klarman, The Making of the United States Constitution18 July 2017
    1:07:43
  20. 28.
    142 Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition11 July 2017
    57:46
  21. 29.
    141 A Declaration in Draft (Doing History Rev)4 July 2017
    1:17:23
  22. 30.
    140 Tamara Thornton, Nathaniel Bowditch: 19th-Century Man of Business, Science, and the Sea27 June 2017
    53:28
  23. 31.
    139 Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in the Americas20 June 2017
    47:52
  24. 32.
    138 Patrick Spero, Frontier Politics in Early America13 June 2017
    47:54
  25. 33.
    137 Erica Dunbar: The Washingtons' Runaway Slave, Ona Judge6 June 2017
    51:56
  26. 34.
    136 Jennifer Van Horn, Material Culture and the Making of America30 May 2017
    54:18
  27. 35.
    135 Julie Holcomb, Moral Commerce: The Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy23 May 2017
    41:41
  28. 36.
    134 Spencer McBride, Pulpit and Nation: Clergymen and the Politics of Revolutionary America16 May 2017
    51:14
  29. 37.
    133 Patrick Breen, The Nat Turner Revolt9 May 2017
    59:05
  30. 38.
    132 Coll Thrush, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire2 May 2017
    37:03
  31. 39.
    131 Frank Cogliano, Thomas Jefferson's Empire of Liberty25 April 2017
    50:47
  32. 40.
    130 Paul Revere's Ride Through History (Doing History Rev)18 April 2017
    1:31:48
  33. 41.
    129 John Bell, The Road to Concord, 177511 April 2017
    54:42
  34. 42.
    128 Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History4 April 2017
    48:28
  35. 43.
    127 Caroline Winterer, American Enlightenments28 March 2017
    56:31
  36. 44.
    126 Rebecca Brannon, The Reintegration of American Loyalists21 March 2017
    47:05
  37. 45.
    125 Terri Snyder, Death, Suicide, and Slavery in British North America14 March 2017
    38:10
  38. 46.
    124 James Alexander Dun, Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America7 March 2017
    54:06
  39. 47.
    123: Revolutionary Allegiances (Doing History Rev)28 February 2017
    1:34:14
  40. 48.
    122 Andrew O'Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America21 February 2017
    47:23
  41. 49.
    121 Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World14 February 2017
    39:41
  42. 50.
    120 Marcia Zug, A History of Mail Order Brides in Early America7 February 2017
    51:58
  43. 51.
    119 Steve Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration31 January 2017
    54:31
  44. 52.
    118 Christy Clark-Pujara, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island24 January 2017
    56:03
  45. 53.
    117 Annette Gordon-Reed, The Life and Ideas of Thomas Jefferson17 January 2017
    46:21
  46. 54.
    116 Erica Charters, Disease & The Seven Years' War10 January 2017
    45:40
  47. 55.
    115 Andrew Torget, The Early American History of Texas3 January 2017
    53:52
  48. 56.
    Bonus: Lonnie Bunch, History & Historians in the Public (Doing History)30 December 2016
    35:27
  49. 57.
    114 Karin Wulf, The History of Genealogy (Doing History)27 December 2016
    48:50
  50. 58.
    113 Brian Murphy, Building the Empire State20 December 2016
    46:51
  51. 59.
    112 Mary Beth Norton, The Tea Crisis of 1773 (Doing History Revolution)13 December 2016
    45:56
  52. 60.
    111 Jonathan Eacott, India in the Making of Britain and America, 1700-18306 December 2016
    51:27
  53. 61.
    110 Joshua Taylor, How Genealogists Research (Doing History)29 November 2016
    45:08
  54. 62.
    109 John Dixon, The American Enlightenment & Cadwallader Colden22 November 2016
    54:15
  55. 63.
    108 Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright15 November 2016
    48:52
  56. 64.
    107 Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention8 November 2016
    51:04
  57. 65.
    106 Jane Kamensky, The World of John Singleton Copley1 November 2016
    50:43
  58. 66.
    105 Joshua Piker, How Historians Publish History (Doing History)25 October 2016
    54:30
  59. 67.
    104 Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater Frontier18 October 2016
    52:15
  60. 68.
    103 Sara Bon-Harper, James Monroe & His Estate Highland11 October 2016
    46:55
  61. 69.
    102 William Nester, George Rogers Clark4 October 2016
    41:08
  62. 70.
    101 John Demos, How Historians Write About History (Doing History)27 September 2016
    44:52
  63. 71.
    100 Behind-the-Scenes with Liz Covart & Ben Franklin's World20 September 2016
    38:04
  64. 72.
    099 Mark Hanna, Pirates & Pirate Nests in the British Atlantic World13 September 2016
    44:27
  65. 73.
    098 Gautham Rao, Birth of the American Tax Man6 September 2016
    48:19
  66. 74.
    097 Billy Smith, How to Organize Your Research (Doing History)30 August 2016
    46:34
  67. 75.
    096 Nicholas Guyatt, The Origins of Racial Segregation in the United States23 August 2016
    1:03:01
  68. 76.
    095 Rose Doherty, A Tale of Two Bostons16 August 2016
    38:50
  69. 77.
    094 Cassandra Good, Founding Friendships9 August 2016
    42:39
  70. 78.
    093 Taylor Stoermer, Harvard University & Colonial North America2 August 2016
    43:57
  71. 79.
    092 Sharon Block, How to Research History Online (Doing History)26 July 2016
    53:41
  72. 80.
    091 Gregory Dowd, Rumors, Legends, & Hoaxes in Early America19 July 2016
    42:26
  73. 81.
    090 Caitlin Fitz, Age of American Revolutions12 July 2016
    44:37
  74. 82.
    089 Jessica Millward, Slavery & Freedom in Early Maryland5 July 2016
    48:56
  75. 83.
    088 Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing (Doing History)28 June 2016
    48:46
  76. 84.
    087 Sean Condon, Shays' Rebellion21 June 2016
    44:19
  77. 85.
    086 George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London14 June 2016
    51:13
  78. 86.
    085 Bonnie Huskins, American Loyalists in Canada7 June 2016
    42:51
  79. 87.
    084 Zara Anishanslin, How Historians Read Historical Sources (Doing History)31 May 2016
    49:37
  80. 88.
    083 Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston24 May 2016
    40:16
  81. 89.
    082 Alejandra Dubcovsky, Information & Communication in the Early American South17 May 2016
    40:23
  82. 90.
    081 Don Glickstein, After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence10 May 2016
    37:08
  83. 91.
    080 Jen Manion, Liberty's Prisoners: Prisons & Prison Life in Early America3 May 2016
    35:28
  84. 92.
    079 James Horn, What is a Historical Source? (Doing History)26 April 2016
    49:47
  85. 93.
    078 Rachel Shelden, Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War19 April 2016
    44:27
  86. 94.
    077 Rinker Buck, The Oregon Trail12 April 2016
    45:19
  87. 95.
    076 Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution5 April 2016
    46:18
  88. 96.
    075 Peter Drummey, How Archives Work (Doing History)29 March 2016
    54:23
  89. 97.
    074 Mary Wigge, Martha Washington22 March 2016
    34:59
  90. 98.
    073 Mark Noll, The Bible in Early America15 March 2016
    51:02
  91. 99.
    072 Ari Kelman, The American Civil War8 March 2016
    45:22
  92. 100.
    071 Bruce Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 17771 March 2016
    56:30
  93. 101.
    070 Jennifer Morgan, How Historians Research (Doing History)23 February 2016
    43:37
  94. 102.
    069 Abby Chandler, Law, Order, and Sexual Misconduct in Colonial New England16 February 2016
    49:12
  95. 103.
    068 Richard Brookhiser, Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln9 February 2016
    48:00
  96. 104.
    067 John Ryan Fischer, An Environmental History of Early California & Hawaii2 February 2016
    48:14
  97. 105.
    066 Simon Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics (Doing History)26 January 2016
    43:39
  98. 106.
    Bonus: Why Historians Study History (Doing History)22 January 2016
    26:04
  99. 107.
    065 Alexander Rose, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Network19 January 2016
    41:16
  100. 108.
    064 Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France12 January 2016
    56:57
  101. 109.
    063 Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War5 January 2016
    55:50
  102. 110.
    062 Carol Berkin, The Bill of Rights29 December 2015
    48:12
  103. 111.
    061 Edward Larson, George Washington in Retirement22 December 2015
    54:28
  104. 112.
    060 David Preston, Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution15 December 2015
    56:18
  105. 113.
    059 Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad8 December 2015
    42:17
  106. 114.
    058 Andrew Schocket, Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution1 December 2015
    33:17
  107. 115.
    057 Max Edling, War, Money, and the American State, 1783-186724 November 2015
    48:39
  108. 116.
    056 Daniel J. Tortora, The Anglo-Cherokee War, 1759-176117 November 2015
    43:33
  109. 117.
    055 Robb Haberman, John Jay: Forgotten Founder10 November 2015
    42:35
  110. 118.
    054 John D. Wilsey, American Exceptionalism: The History of an Idea3 November 2015
    52:30
  111. 119.
    053 Emerson W. Baker, The Salem Witch Trials of 169227 October 2015
    44:39
  112. 120.
    052 Ronald A. Johnson, Diplomacy in Black and White: Early United States-Haitian Relations20 October 2015
    48:54
  113. 121.
    051 Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: A History of Early Detroit13 October 2015
    53:37
  114. 122.
    050 Marla Miller, Betsy Ross and the Making of America6 October 2015
    44:07
  115. 123.
    049 Malcolm Gaskill, How the English Became American29 September 2015
    40:51
  116. 124.
    048 Ken Miller, Dangerous Guests; Enemy Captives During the War for Independence22 September 2015
    40:54
  117. 125.
    047 Emily Conroy-Krutz, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic15 September 2015
    48:30
  118. 126.
    046 John Ferling, Whirlwind: The American Revolution & the War That Won It8 September 2015
    56:31
  119. 127.
    045 Spencer McBride, Joseph Smith and the Founding of Mormonism1 September 2015
    43:49
  120. 128.
    044 Adam Shprintzen, The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement25 August 2015
    48:14
  121. 129.
    043 Matthew Osborn, Rum Maniacs: Alcoholic Insanity in the Early Republic18 August 2015
    52:34
  122. 130.
    Bonus: The Boston Stamp Act Riots14 August 2015
    46:34
  123. 131.
    042 Heather Cox Richardson, A History of the Republican Party11 August 2015
    1:07:56
  124. 132.
    041 Bruno Paul Stenson, Canada and the American Revolution4 August 2015
    45:07
  125. 133.
    040 For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington & the Presidential Title Controversy of 178928 July 2015
    43:52
  126. 134.
    039 Eric Nelson, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding21 July 2015
    51:09
  127. 135.
    038 Carolyn Harris, Magna Carta & Its Gifts to North America14 July 2015
    50:37
  128. 136.
    037 Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution7 July 2015
    45:05
  129. 137.
    036 Abigail Swingen, Competing Visions of Empire30 June 2015
    51:26
  130. 138.
    Bonus: Lafayette & the Hermione26 June 2015
    29:03
  131. 139.
    035 Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley and Washington Irving23 June 2015
    37:43
  132. 140.
    034 Mark R. Cheathem, Andrew Jackson, Southerner16 June 2015
    50:11
  133. 141.
    033 Douglas Bradburn, George Washington and His Library9 June 2015
    58:33
  134. 142.
    032 Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, One Colonial Woman's World2 June 2015
    51:09
  135. 143.
    031 Benjamin Franklin and the Papers of Benjamin Franklin Editorial Project26 May 2015
    50:27
  136. 144.
    030 Shelby M. Balik, Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography19 May 2015
    1:01:42
  137. 145.
    029 Colin Calloway, The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army12 May 2015
    54:51
  138. 146.
    Bonus: We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence8 May 2015
    40:57
  139. 147.
    028 Janice Fontanella, Building the Erie Canal5 May 2015
    42:47
  140. 148.
    027 Lisa Wilson, A History of Stepfamilies in Early America28 April 2015
    42:55
  141. 149.
    026 Robert Middlekauff, Washington's Revolution21 April 2015
    48:28
  142. 150.
    025 Jessica Parr, Inventing George Whitefield14 April 2015
    45:36
  143. 151.
    Bonus: Longfellow's Wayside Inn10 April 2015
    27:02
  144. 152.
    024 Kimberly Alexander, 18th-Century Fashion and Material Culture7 April 2015
    57:51
  145. 153.
    023 Early American History with the JuntoCast31 March 2015
    1:03:49
  146. 154.
    022 Vivian Bruce Conger, Deborah Read Franklin & Sally Franklin Bache: Benjamin Franklin's Women24 March 2015
    49:43
  147. 155.
    021 Eugene Tesdahl, Smuggling in Colonial America & Living History17 March 2015
    59:50
  148. 156.
    020 Kyle T. Bulthuis, Four Steeples Over the City Streets10 March 2015
    49:45
  149. 157.
    019 Kenneth Turino, The Colonial Boston Marketplace3 March 2015
    47:08
  150. 158.
    018 Danielle Allen, Our Declaration24 February 2015
    46:36
  151. 159.
    017 François Furstenberg, When the United States Spoke French17 February 2015
    52:10
  152. 160.
    016 Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-183210 February 2015
    42:25
  153. 161.
    015 Joyce E. Chaplin, Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit3 February 2015
    42:56
  154. 162.
    014 Claudio Saunt, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 177627 January 2015
    41:13
  155. 163.
    013 Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America20 January 2015
    53:54
  156. 164.
    012 Dane Morrison, True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identtity13 January 2015
    47:42
  157. 165.
    011 Jessica Baumert, The Woodlands Historic Site of Philadelphia6 January 2015
    42:13
  158. 166.
    010 Don N. Hagist, British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution30 December 2014
    43:12
  159. 167.
    009 Peter G. Rose, Delicious December16 December 2014
    41:05
  160. 168.
    008 Gregory O'Malley, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-18072 December 2014
    45:20
  161. 169.
    007 Sara Georgini, John Adams & The Adams Papers Editorial Project18 November 2014
    55:03
  162. 170.
    006 Gregory N. Flemming, At the Point of a Cutlass4 November 2014
    38:23
  163. 171.
    005 Jeanne Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine21 October 2014
    36:58
  164. 172.
    004 Thomas A Foster, Sex and the Founding Fathers30 September 2014
    31:56
  165. 173.
    003 Richard S. Newman, Future of the Library Company of Philadelphia28 September 2014
    37:40
  166. 174.
    002 Cornelia King, Exhibitions at the Library Company of Philadelphia28 September 2014
    22:52
  167. 175.
    001 James N. Green, History of the Library Company of Philadelphia27 September 2014
    40:59
  168. 176.
    000 Pilot- Ben Franklin's World with Liz Covart27 September 2014
    7:17

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