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Mount Vernon Politics The Washingtons

195a. Offering George Washington a Royal Gift with Professor José Emilio Yanes

Feb. 18, 2021

In 1784, King Charles III of Spain sent George Washington a token of his esteem. Knowing that Washington had long sought a Spanish donkey for his Mount Vernon estate, the king permitted a jack to be exported to the new Unite…

Politics Religion Colonial America

189. Confronting an Absolutist Monarch with Dr. Karie Schultz

Dec. 24, 2020

In this season of religious renewal, we bring you a story of religious dissent. In 1638, many of King Charles I’s Presbyterian subjects gathered at Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh to sign the National Covenant . By renewing…

Politics Early United States Digital History

187. Winning a Consolation Prize with Dr. Abby Mullen

Dec. 10, 2020

Consuls are essential to American foreign relations. Although they may not be as flashy or as powerful as an Ambassador like Thomas Jefferson or John Quincy Adams, they’re often the goto people when an American gets in troub…

Guest: Abby Mullen
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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…

American Revolution Politics Indigenous History

179. Revitalizing Myaamia Language and Culture with George Ironstrack

Oct. 8, 2020

In the eighteenth century, the Myaamia people inhabited what are now parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. More commonly known in English as the Miami, the Myaamia figure prominently in the early history of the Un…

American Revolution Politics

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? …

Politics Religion Colonial America

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…

Biography Politics Early United States

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

July 30, 2020

Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library is just around the corner. Until then, we're happy to bring you Jim Ambuske's recent live stream chat with Dr. Jessica Lowe of the University of Virginia School of Law. Lon…

American Revolution 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 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…

Politics War Early United States Economy

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

June 25, 2020

During the American Revolution, the Chesapeake Bay was a pirate’s nest. The men who plied the Bay’s waters had shifting loyalties, competing interests, and a keen sense of how to use the law to legitimize their actions. In f…

Politics War Early United States

153. Putting Secession and Jefferson Davis on Trial with Cynthia Nicoletti

April 9, 2020

In May 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia as the Civil War neared its end. Davis had led the Confederate States of America since 1861. He was taken to Fortress Monroe in …

Presidency Politics Early United States Washington Library Fellows

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…

Politics Early United States Colonial America Washington Library Fellows

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 Cartography Digital History

145. Creating the New Map of Empire with Max Edelson

Feb. 13, 2020

When the British defeated the French and their allies in the Seven Years’ War, they acquired vast new territories that expanded British America. Britain’s North America Empire grew to include New Brunswick in Canada, Florida…