Economy Episodes

March 4, 2021

196. Reconstructing the Life of a German Barber-Surgeon in the Atlant…

In 1693, the young German barber-surgeon Johann Peter Oettinger joined a slave trading venture for the second time. In the employ…

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Nov. 19, 2020

185. Seeking a City of Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp with Marcus P…

The Great Dismal Swamp is a remarkable feature of the southern coastal plain. Spanning from Norfolk, Virginia to Elizabeth City, …

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Nov. 12, 2020

184. Becoming Citizens of Convenience on the U.S.-Canadian Border wit…

In 1783, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed American independence. As part of the tr…

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Nov. 5, 2020

183. Trading Spaces in the Colonial Marketplace with Emma Hart

With another American presidential election behind us, talk will inevitably turn to the economy and how the president will handle…

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Aug. 20, 2020

172. Exploring White Women as Slave Owners in the American South with…

It’s easy to think of slave holding as a male profession. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and countless other…

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June 25, 2020

164. Battling Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay with Jamie L. H. Goodall

During the American Revolution, the Chesapeake Bay was a pirate’s nest. The men who plied the Bay’s waters had shifting loyalties…

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March 26, 2020

151. Going Timbering and Turtling in the Caribbean with Mary Draper

Three hundred years ago, timber and turtles were key commodities for English settlers on Barbados and Jamaica . Barbadians sailed…

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Jan. 16, 2020

141. Accounting for Women in the Business of Slavery with Alexi Garre…

When George Washington died in December 1799, it changed Martha Washington’s legal status. Just as she did when she was widowed f…

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