Presidency Episodes

Presidency Politics Early United States

219. Negotiating Federal-State Relations with Dr. Grace Mallon

Feb. 2, 2022

For years after the ratification of the Constitution, Americans debated how the Federal Government and the several states should relate to each other, and work together, to form a more perfect union. The success, if not the …

Guest: Grace Mallon
Presidency Politics Religion Early United States

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…

Presidency Women

182. Recording an Oral History of the Obama Presidency with Evan D. McCormick

Oct. 29, 2020

What is a legacy? As the artist Lin-Manual Miranda tells us, it’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. American presidents, regardless of party, spend a great deal of time during their presidencies and after they…

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…

Biography Presidency The Washingtons

144. Sizing Up the Thigh Men of Dad History with Alexis Coe

Feb. 6, 2020

The modern biography as we know it dates to the eighteenth century when Scottish author and lawyer James Boswell published The Life of Samuel Johnson . Boswell produced an account of the rascally Englishman, a friend of his …

Presidency Early United States Digital History

125. Simulating 1793 and the Fate of the Republic with Trey Alsup and Sadie Troy

Sept. 26, 2019

Imagine you lived in the year 1793. The United States has recently suffered its worst military defeat in its history at the hands of the Miami-Shawnee Confederacy. The French Revolution has turned horrifically violent and Fr…