Episodes

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185. Seeking a City of Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp with Marcus P. Nevius

Nov. 19, 2020

The Great Dismal Swamp is a remarkable feature of the southern coastal plain. Spanning from Norfolk, Virginia to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the Swamp is now a National Wildlife Refuge home to Bald cypress, black bears, …

American Revolution Economy Washington Library Fellows

184. Becoming Citizens of Convenience on the U.S.-Canadian Border with Lawrence B. A. Hatter

Nov. 12, 2020

In 1783, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which confirmed American independence. As part of the treaty negotiations, American and British diplomats had to determine the new nation’s borders. Th…

Early United States Colonial America Economy

183. Trading Spaces in the Colonial Marketplace with Emma Hart

Nov. 5, 2020

With another American presidential election behind us, talk will inevitably turn to the economy and how the president will handle it. That begs a series of questions as we turn our thoughts back to the eighteenth century: Ho…

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…

Politics

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…

2020 George Washington Symposium Announcement

Oct. 19, 2020

Elections that Shaped the American Presidency To learn more and to register, please visit: www.mountvernon.org/gwsymposium As our nation approaches its next presidential election, the 2020 George Washington Symposium focuses…

Biography Women Digital History

180. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred

Oct. 15, 2020

If you pull any decent history book off your shelf right now, odds are that it’s filled with quotes from letters, diaries, or account books that help the author tell her story and provide the evidence for her interpretation …

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…

Digital History

178. Digitally Interning at the Washington Library with Jamie Morris

Oct. 1, 2020

The Washington Library's Center for Digital History often collaborates with students to advance its research and public history projects. That can take many forms. We work regularly with faculty to integrate our digital proj…

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 American Revolution Early United States

175. Finding Redemption from Tyranny with Bruce Stewart

Sept. 10, 2020

Conversations at the Washington Library kicks off Season 5 by exploring the life of a radical populist who never met a revolution he didn’t like. Almost unbelievably, Herman Husband participated in some of the most significa…

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174. (Recast) Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

Sept. 3, 2020

This episode originally aired in September 2019. You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. Born into a Virginia dynasty, the man who would become one of George Washington…

Mount Vernon Slavery

173. Tracing the History of the Syphax Family with Steve Hammond and Brenda Parker

Aug. 27, 2020

The Syphax Family has deep historic ties to Mount Vernon and other sites of enslavement in Virginia. In 1821, Charles Syphax, an enslaved man at Arlington House in Northern Virginia, married Maria Carter, the daughter of a w…

Women Slavery

172. Exploring White Women as Slave Owners in the American South with Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Aug. 20, 2020

It’s easy to think of slave holding as a male profession. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and countless other men are often the names that come to mind when we think about early Americans who held other p…

Women The Washingtons

171. Reinterpreting Mary Ball Washington with Karin Wulf, Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis

Aug. 13, 2020

On today's show, we bring you the audio from our annual Martha Washington Lecture. This year's topic was Mary Ball Washington, George's mother, and the recent work by historians to rethink what we know about her life. Dr. Ka…

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170. Forging a Founding Partnership with Edward J. Larson

Aug. 6, 2020

Season 5 of the podcast drops in a few weeks. In the meantime, we're pleased to offer you Library Executive Director Kevin Butterfield’s recent live stream conversation with Edward J. Larson. Larson is the author of many boo…

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 Digital History Washington Library Fellows

168. Mining King George III's Papers with Zara Anishanslin and Arthur Burns

July 23, 2020

While work continues on the podcast's upcoming Season 5, we’re pleased to offer you another summer interlude. For today’s show, we bring you the audio version of Jim Ambuske's recent live stream chat with Professors Zara Ani…

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167. Reconstructing the Indian World of George Washington with Colin Calloway

July 16, 2020

Week 3 of our summer hiatus is another opportunity to bring you a fascinating look at early America courtesy of some of our recent live stream programming. On today’s show, we bring you Library Executive Director Kevin Butte…

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…

Mount Vernon Slavery

163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacLeod

June 18, 2020

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they were freed by Emancipation Proclamation and the Confederacy’s d…