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

Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast About Early American History
By Liz Covart
About this podcast
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.

Ben Franklin's World is a production of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
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Latest episodes
Feb. 13, 2018
The histories of early North America and the Caribbean are intimately intertwined. The same European empires we encounter in our study of early America also appear in the Caribbean. The colonies of these respective empires often traded goods, people, and ideas between each other. Marisa Fuentes, an associate professor of history and women and gender studies at Rutgers University and author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, joins us to explore some of the connections mainland North America and the British Caribbean shared in their practices of slavery in urban towns. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/173   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute Georgian Papers Programme Citizen Transcriber Sign Up   Complementary Episodes Episode 066: Simon Newman, How Historians Find Their Research Topics Episode 083: Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston Episode 084: Zara Anishanslin, How Historians Read Historical Sources Episode 161: Smuggling and the American Revolution   Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Feb. 6, 2018
Intelligence gathering plays an important role in the foreign policies of many modern-day nation states, including the United States. Which raises the questions: How and when did the United States establish its foreign intelligence service?
 To answer those questions we’ll need to journey back to the American Revolution. Our guide is Kenneth Daigler, an intelligence professional with 33 years experience managing human sources and collection and the author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, will facilitate our mental time travel and exploration of this topic. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/172   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute Georgian Papers Programme Georgian Papers Transcriber Sign-up   Complementary Episodes Episode 065: Alexander Rose, Washington’s Spies Episode 129: J.L. Bell, The Road to Concord Episode 130: Paul Revere’s Ride Through History Episode 144: Robert Parkinson, The Common Cause of the Revolution Episode 155: Pauline Maier’s American Revolution Episode 158: The Revolutionaries’ Army     Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Jan. 30, 2018
History books like to tell us that Native Americans did not fully understand British methods and ideas of trade. Is this really true? Did Native Americans only understand trade as a form of simplistic, gift exchange? Jessica Stern, a Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton and the author of The Lives in Objects: Native Americans, British Colonists, and Cultures of Labor and Exchange in the Southeast, takes us on a journey into the southeast during the early 18th century to show us how trade between Native Americans and British colonists really took place. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/171   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute Hello Fresh (Promo Code: BFWorld30) The Great Courses Plus (Free Trial)   Complementary Episodes Episode 056: Daniel J. Tortora, The Anglo-Cherokee War, 1759-1761 Episode 091: Gregory Dowd, Rumors, Hoaxes, and Legends in Early America Episode 104: Andrew Lipmann, The Saltwater Frontier: Europeans & Native Americans on the Northeastern Coast Episode 158: The Revolutionaries’ Army Episode 163: The American Revolution in North America     Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Jan. 23, 2018
New England was a place with no cash crops. It was a place where many of its earliest settlers came to live just so they could worship their Puritan faith freely. New England was also a place that became known for its strong anti-slavery sentiment during the 19th century. So how did New England also become a place that practiced slavery? Wendy Warren, an Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist book New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America, joins us to explore why New Englanders practiced slavery and just how far back the region’s slave past goes. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/170   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Great Courses Plus (Free Trial)   Complementary Episodes Episode 064: Brett Rushforth, Native American Slavery in New France Episode 083: Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston Episode 104: Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater Frontier: Europeans & Native Americans on the Northeastern Coast Episode 118: Christy Pujara-Clark, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island Episode 139: Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in the Americas Episode 142: Manisha Sinha, A History of Abolition Episode 166: Freedom and the American Revolution     Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Jan. 16, 2018
We remember Benjamin Franklin as an accomplished printer, scientist, and statesman. Someone who came from humble beginnings and made his own way in the world. Rarely do we remember Franklin as a man of faith. Benjamin Franklin spent more time grappling with questions of religion, faith, virtue, and morality in his writing than about any other topic. Thomas S. Kidd, a Professor of History at Baylor University and author of Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father, leads us on a detailed exploration of the religious life of Benjamin Franklin. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/169   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Great Courses Plus (Free Trial)   Complementary Episodes Episode 001: James Green, The Library Company of Philadelphia Episode 022: Vivian Bruce Conger, Deborah Read Franklin & Sally Franklin Bache Episode 025: Jessica Parr, Inventing George Whitefield Episode 031: Michael Hattem, The Papers of Benjamin Franklin Episode 141: Drafting the Declaration of Independence Episode 149: George Goodwin, Benjamin Franklin in London Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Jan. 9, 2018
When we study the history of colonial North America, we tend to focus on European colonists and their rivalries with each other and with Native Americans. But humans weren’t the only living beings occupying North America during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Rivalries existed between humans and animals too. And these human-animal rivalries impacted and shaped how European colonists used and settled North American lands. Andrea Smalley, an associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University and author of Wild By Nature: North American Animals Confront Colonization, joins us to explore the many ways wild animals shaped colonists’ ideas and behavior as they settled and interacted with North American lands. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/168   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Great Courses Plus (Free Trial)   Complementary Episodes Episode 049: Malcolm Gaskill, How the English Became American Episode 067: John Ryan Fischer, An Environmental History of Early California & Hawaii Episode 079: James Horn, What is a Historical Source? (History of Jamestown) Episode 163: The American Revolution in North America   Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Jan. 2, 2018
The French established New Orleans and the greater colony of Louisiana in 1717. By 1840, New Orleans had become the 3rd largest city in the United States. How did that happen? How did New Orleans transform from a sleepy, minor French outpost into a large and important early American city with a thriving, bustling port? Eberhard “Lo” Faber, an assistant professor of history at Loyola University, New Orleans and the author of Building the Land of Dreams: New Orleans and the Transformation of Early America, leads us on an exploration of the early history of New Orleans. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/167   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Great Courses Plus (Free Trial)   Complementary Episodes Episode 017: François Furstenberg, How the United States Became French Episode 052: Ronald Johnson, Early United States-Haitian Diplomacy Episode 103: Sara Bon-Harper: James Monroe and His Estate Highland Episode 108: Ann Little, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright Episode 124: James Alexander Dun, Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America Episode 164: The American Revolution in the Age of Revolutions   Listener Meetup Details Date: Saturday, January 6, 2018 Time: 5pm Place: Open City Diner, Woodley Park   Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Dec. 26, 2017
The Declaration of Independence described “all men” as “created equal” when its authors knew they were not. So was the revolutionary idea of freedom dependent on slavery? In this last episode of the Doing History: To the Revolution series we return to the place our series began: the world of Paul Revere. We speak with Christopher Cameron, an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, to discuss how Phillis Wheatley, Cesar Sarter and other black revolutionaries in Massachusetts grappled with the seeming paradox of American freedom as they fought to end slavery during the American Revolution. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/166   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute OI Reader William and Mary Quarterly-Journal of the Early Republic joint issue on the American Revolution ($10 listener-only special) Doing History: To the Revolution series   Complementary Episodes Episode 025: Jessica Parr, Inventing George Whitefield Episode 083: Jared Hardesty, Unfreedom: Slavery in Colonial Boston Episode 118: Christy Clark-Pujara, The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island Episode 123: Revolutionary Allegiances Episode 133: Patrick Breen, The Nat Turner Revolt Episode 134: Spencer McBride, Pulpit and Nation Episode 137: Erica Dunbar, The Washington’s Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Episode 157: The Revolution's African American Soldiers     Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App
Dec. 19, 2017
Between 1763 and 1848, revolutions took place in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. But why is it that we only seem to remember the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Haitian Revolution? Given that the American Revolution took place before all of these other revolutions, what was its role in influencing this larger “Age of Revolutions?” Did it influence this larger period? Our exploration of what the American Revolution looked like within the larger period known as the “Age of Revolutions” continues as Janet Polasky, a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire and the author of Revolutions Without Borders: The Call of Liberty in the Atlantic World, guides us through the period to explore answers to these questions. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/165   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The OI Reader William and Mary Quarterly-Journal of the Early Republic special joint issue on the American Revolution $10 promotion The Great Courses Plus (1 Free Month of Unlimited Courses)   Complementary Blog Posts Dael A. Norwood, "Global Trade and Revolution: The Politics of Americans' Commerce with China"   Complementary Episodes Episode 090: Caitlin Fitz, Age of American Revolutions Episode 091: Gregory Dowd, Rumors, Legends, and Hoaxes in Early America Episode 144: Robert Parkinson, The Common Cause of the American Revolution Episode 152: Origins of the American Revolution Episode 155: Pauline Maier’s American Revolution Episode 156: The Power of the Press in the American Revolution Episode 161: Smuggling and the American Revolution Episode 163: The Revolution in Continental North America Episode 164: The Age of Revolutions in the Caribbean   Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   *Books purchased through this link will help support the production of Ben Franklin's World.
Dec. 12, 2017
The American Revolution took place within a larger period known today as the “Age of Revolutions.” What does the Revolution look like when we place it within this larger context? Did it really help foment the many other failed and successful revolutions that took place during the period? Over the next two episodes of the Doing History: To the Revolution series, we’ll explore answers to these questions by taking a closer look at how the American Revolution fit within the larger context of the Age of Revolutions. The first part of our exploration will take us into the Caribbean. Laurent Dubois, a professor of history at Duke University and the author of four books about slavery and revolution in the French Caribbean, will serve as our guide. Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/164   Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute OI Reader William and Mary Quarterly-Journal of the Early Republic joint issue on the American Revolution $10 listener-only sale The Great Courses Plus (1 Free Month of Unlimited Courses) Complementary Episodes Episode 017: François Furstenberg, When the United States Spoke French Episode 052: Ronald Johnson, Early United States-Haitian Diplomacy Episode 124: James Alexander Dun, Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America Episode 144: Rob Parkinson, The Common Cause of the American Revolution Episode 152: Origins of the American Revolution Episode 156: The Power of the Press in the American Revolution Episode 157: The Revolution’s African-American Soldiers     Helpful Show Links Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Join the Ben Franklin's World Community Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App