This is a show about early American history. Awarded Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in 2017, it’s 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 conversations with professional historians who help shed light on important people and events in early American history. It is produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
United States
257 episodes
since Sept. 27, 2014


A “little short of madness.” That is how Thomas Jefferson responded when two delegates from New York approached him with the idea to build the Erie Canal in January 1809. Jefferson’s comment did not discourage New Yorkers. On January 4, 1817, New York State began building a 363-mile long canal to link the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes and the Midwest. Janice Fontanella, site manager of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, New York, joins us to discuss the Erie Canal, its construction, and the impact that this waterway made on New York and the United States. This episode originally posted as Episode 028.   Show Notes: https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/247    Sponsor Links Omohundro Institute The Ben Franklin's World Shop   Complementary Episodes Episode 035: Michael Lord, Historic Hudson Valley & Washington Irving Episode 051: Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: A History of Early Detroit Episode 071: Bruce Venter, Saratoga and Hubbardton, 1777 Episode 113: Brian Murphy, Building the Empire State Episode 239: Joseph Adelman, Post & Travel in Early America   Listen! Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Ben Franklin's World iOS App Ben Franklin's World Android App   Helpful Links Join the Ben Franklin's World Facebook Group Ben Franklin’s WorldTwitter: @BFWorldPodcast Ben Franklin's World Facebook Page Sign-up for the Franklin Gazette Newsletter
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