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Music Politics George Washington Early Republic

208. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman (Summer Repeat)

Aug. 18, 2021

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key began composing "The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry. Of all the things he could have done after seeing that flag, why did Key write a song? …

Religion Presidency Politics Early Republic

206. Promoting Joseph Smith for President with Dr. Spencer W. McBride

July 22, 2021

The American Revolution dismembered a protestant empire. In the years during and after the war, states disestablished their churches, old and new denominations flourished, and Americans enshrined religious freedom into their…

Early America Politics Material Culture American Revolution American

204. Raising Liberty Poles in the Early Republic with Dr. Shira Lurie

June 24, 2021

If you’ve taken part in a part in a protest recently, perhaps you carried a sign, waved a flag, or worn a special hat. But if you had grievances in the American Revolution or early Republic, you might have helped raise a Lib…

Digital History Virginia American Revolution Politics Family Great Britain Law Atlantic World

201. Uncovering the Virginia Loyalists with Drs. Stephanie Seal Walters and Alexi Garrett

May 13, 2021

Virginia was home to many of the most famous rebels like George Washington during the American Revolution, but it was also a den of Tories who remained loyal to the British king. Loyalists in all the colonies rejected what t…

Virginia Education Scotland Politics Early Republic

199. Unravelling the Strange Genius of Mr. O. with Dr. Carolyn Eastman

April 15, 2021

In the early years of the nineteenth century, former Virginia schoolteacher James Ogilvie embarked on a lecture tour that took the United States by storm. Born Scotland, Ogilvie became a renowned orator, packing rooms in urb…

Women Politics Great Britain Literature

181. Electioneering Rage with Kelly Fleming

Oct. 22, 2020

In 1784, British men went to the polls. It was a pivotal contest in the aftermath of the American Revolution, following a slew of prime ministers who had tried and failed to form governments that satisfied the British electo…

Music Politics Society & Culture Government

177. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman

Sept. 24, 2020

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key began composing "The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry. Of all the things he could have done after seeing that flag, why did Key write a song? …

Great Britain Religion Politics Scotland Books

176. Hunting Satan in Scotland and the Atlantic World with Michelle D. Brock

Sept. 17, 2020

The Prince of Darkness wrought havoc on the souls of seventeenth-century Christians living throughout the Atlantic world. Whether they called him Satan, the Devil, Beelzebub, or by any other name, Lucifer tempted men and wom…

American Revolution Books Politics

166. Mobilizing the Will of the People with T. H. Breen

July 9, 2020

We're excited to bring you Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library in a few short weeks. But in the meantime we’ll keep you entertained as promised. Today, we bring you the audio version of Executive Director Kev…

American Revolution Books Politics

165. Facing the Long Year of Revolution with Mary Beth Norton

July 2, 2020

Summer has arrived and with it the end of Season 4 of Conversations at the Washington Library . But don't despair! While we're busy recording new episodes for Season 5, we'll keep the conversation going by bringing you the a…

George Washington Mount Vernon Presidency Politics

162. Ending Washington's Life with Jonathan Horn

June 11, 2020

In March 1797, newly-inaugurated president John Adams thought he detected a glint of joy in George Washington’s eyes as the aging Virginian stepped off the world stage. Adams told his wife Abigail it was as if Washington was…

Historic Sites Material Culture Politics Books

159. Preserving Historic Real Estate with Whitney Martinko

May 21, 2020

In 1812, Pennsylvania state legislators contemplated something that most Americans would now find completely unimaginable: demolishing Independence Hall in Philadelphia, converting the site to a series of building lots, and …

Presidency Books George Washington Politics Constitution

152. Creating George Washington's Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky

April 2, 2020

There are many things that we take for granted in the modern United States. The president’s cabinet is one of them. Although the cabinet is a prominent fixture of the federal government, and a powerful and essential one at t…

Atlantic World Disaster Philanthropy Government Politics

148. Inventing Disaster with Cindy Kierner

March 5, 2020

On the morning of November 1, 1755, a devastating earthquake struck the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The quake leveled buildings, triggered fires, and caused a tsunami that laid waste to the urban landscape. When it was all…

American Revolution Politics Women

124. The Power Broker and the King Maker: The Life of Elizabeth Willing Powel with Samantha Snyder

Sept. 19, 2019

In this episode of Conversations at the Washington Library , Samantha Snyder speaks to Jim Ambuske about the life of Elizabeth Willing Powel . Powel was a prominent Philadelphian who became close to the Washington family. Al…