Hello! The holidays came and went and so did my time to work on the podcast. But we are back and better than ever! In this episode we talk about that strange time when there was no US Constitution, just this thing called the Articles of Confederation. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but there were some flaws, big flaws, huge flaws. I’ll admit, I’m a bit out of practice in this one so apologies from the get go. Thanks for listening!
Here we are! It didn’t even take a month to get another one in the can! So, we finally get to the end of the American Revolution with the official peace treaty of 1783. Franklin, Jay and Adams do the best they can for their new country and by the time the sausage gets made, they did pretty good. Britain did ok too, the French and Spanish? Not so much. Give us a listen, give us some love on iTunes. Until next time!
Took a little while to get this one put together, but I like how it turned out. In this cast, some of the ramifications of the revolution are discussed. We take a look at women, African-Americans, Native Americans and quite a few other folks as well for good measure. The overarching theme of this cast: How revolutionary was the American Revolution?
It’s been far too long, but it is a big deal, 1781, so I wanted to get it right. Here we are, the traditional end of the war. The Battle of Yorktown, or was it much of a battle? A naval battle; a siege, for sure, but not much of a classic eighteenth century battle. Even so, the world would never be the same. Or did it change that much at all? With the close of the fighting, more questions will arise, but that’s next time. This time is for Washington and his rebels.
So here we are in 1780! The war turns south and doesn’t exactly go well for the Americans. Even more troubling for the Americans one of their greatest heroes turns against the cause. If a hero from the Battle of Saratoga decides to go back Great Britain, what does that say about the cause as a whole? Will the Revolution even succeed? That was a very real question in 1780.
I misspoke at the intro to this one, misidentifying it as episode 44. Nope, 43. We take a look this time at the shift to the south, the fighting out west and the international character of the American side of things, especially in the officer corps. It’s a bit shorter than normal, but 1780 promises to be a bit long. Happy listening!
Hello all! Looking at the calendar, I got this one in a bit sooner than others in recent times. I’ll keep working on it. In this episode, we go from Valley Forge, through the Battle of Monmouth and out to the west with George Rogers Clark. Some new players are involved and some old ones move away. If nothing else, 1778 sees the war pivot from the north to the south, though the fighting wouldn’t quite move that fast. That will have to wait until 1779!