Hello! Welcome in and welcome back! In this podcast we talk about the final days of the Articles of Confederation. One episode that galvanized opinion among the elites of the United States was a popular rebellion in Massachusetts, Shays Rebellion. After that, getting people from most of the thirteen states to come together was far easier than it had been. By spring of 1787, the stage was set.
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!