Women Episodes

Dec. 3, 2020

186. Exploring New Frontiers in Early American History with Alexi Gar…

In the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin and other early Americans likened themselves to a rising people who were creating so…

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Oct. 22, 2020

181. Electioneering Rage with Kelly Fleming

In 1784, British men went to the polls. It was a pivotal contest in the aftermath of the American Revolution, following a slew of…

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Oct. 15, 2020

180. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred

If you pull any decent history book off your shelf right now, odds are that it’s filled with quotes from letters, diaries, or acc…

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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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Aug. 13, 2020

171. Reinterpreting Mary Ball Washington with Karin Wulf, Martha Saxt…

On today's show, we bring you the audio from our annual Martha Washington Lecture. This year's topic was Mary Ball Washington, Ge…

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June 4, 2020

161. (Repeat) Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

Note: This episode originally aired on January 30, 2020. In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed…

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May 14, 2020

158. Praying to the Adams Family Gods with Sara Georgini

In November 1800, President John Adams composed a letter to his wife, Abigail, just after he moved into the new White House. He c…

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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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Feb. 20, 2020

146. Doing Public History at Mount Vernon with Jeanette Patrick

Like many folks around the country, you might have spent the last three evenings watching Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Washington docum…

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Jan. 30, 2020

143. Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia …

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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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Jan. 2, 2020

139. Harnessing the Power of Washington's Genealogy with Karin Wulf

Early Americans like George Washington obsessed over genealogy. Much was at stake. One's place on the family tree could mean the …

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Nov. 21, 2019

133. Facing the Wrath of Rachel Jackson's God with Melissa Gismondi

If you know anything about Rachel Jackson, chances are you know her best as Andrew Jackson’s wife. You might also know that Rache…

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Sept. 19, 2019

124. The Power Broker and the King Maker: The Life of Elizabeth Willi…

In this episode of Conversations at the Washington Library , Samantha Snyder speaks to Jim Ambuske about the life of Elizabeth Wi…

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May 30, 2019

109. Birthing a Nation

In this episode Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod sits down with Library research fellow Sara Collini to discuss her latest findin…

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