Law Episodes

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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July 30, 2020

169. Re-investigating an Early American Murder with Jessica Lowe

Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library is just around the corner. Until then, we're happy to bring you Jim Ambuske's…

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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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May 7, 2020

157. Finding the Hidden Families behind the Boston Massacre with Sere…

On the evening of March 5, 1770, Captain Thomas Preston and a small contingent of British Redcoats under his command fired into a…

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April 9, 2020

153. Putting Secession and Jefferson Davis on Trial with Cynthia Nico…

In May 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia as the Civil War neared its end. …

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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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Dec. 13, 2018

85. The Lady and George Washington: Female Genius in the Age of the C…

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law S…

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