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Immigration & The Development of Cities Part 2

Immigration & The Development of Cities Part 2

October 18, 2021

We continue where we left off by discussing the journey to the United States for many immigrants, as well as how the cities they lived in started to grow. 

We discuss Angel Island on the west coast of the US, immigration of both Chinese and Japanese immigrants. 

Once these immigrants arrived, what was life like for them in the cities? 

How did your family get here? What are some of your stories? We shared some of ours. (Jeananne and my stories are the same as we are brother and sister! Perhaps you did not realize.)

What types of jobs did immigrants have? What is a sandhog?

Learn all of this and more when you listen to this podcast!

Immigration & The Development of Cities Part 1

Immigration & The Development of Cities Part 1

October 11, 2021

There was so much to discuss about immigration that we needed to break it up into two podcasts. This first podcast discusses the journey and conditions in which the immigrants made their way into the country. We discuss their arrival at Ellis Island and the processes they went through to gain entry into the United States.

Ellis Island is so much more than Liberty Enlightening the World....but you probably call her Lady Liberty or by her nickname, The Statue of Liberty!

There is ALWAYS more to learn!


The California Gold Rush of 1849 and its Effects on the US

The California Gold Rush of 1849 and its Effects on the US

October 4, 2021

Today we are once again flipping the script and Jimmy is going to go a little more in-depth on the California Gold Rush.

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Today we get into some of the specifics on how this one event changed the course of history for the territory of California, hastened its road to statehood, impacted the US and global economy and helped to shape the culture of California. Sutter’s Mill, the spot of the first gold discovery, made many people wealthy, except for the man who owned the land. He would be driven into poverty and leave the state of California all together. So, we’re not saying you’re a gold digger, but if you went to California in 1849, you may have very well been.


Here is the link for the YouTube link for the video referenced in the podcast on the amalgamation process.

I looked up this process and found a very cool YouTube video that both showed and explained the process. We will put this link into the both the podcast description as well as on our website.


Keep Learning!

-Jimmy & Jean

Plessy vs Ferguson & the Emergence of Segregation in the United States

Plessy vs Ferguson & the Emergence of Segregation in the United States

September 29, 2021

In this podcast we discuss the events leading up to the Supreme Court case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, the rulings, and the aftermath. 

We then break into the emergence of segregation in the United States. 

We do not want to get into too many details in the description. You can read the podcast outline on our website along with all the other podcasts we have published to date. 


As promised in the podcast, here is the link to the literacy test

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There is always more to learn!


History of Money in The United States

History of Money in The United States

September 7, 2021

What is money? By definition, it's something of value. But over the last 10,000 years, the material form that money has taken has changed considerably—from cattle and cowrie shells to today's electronic currency. 

In the United States we have a similar evolution, but the goal to get a unified system of exchange was important. 
The bank may not be willing to take milk and eggs for their whole staff as a mortgage payment!

In this podcast, we explain the evolution of currency here in the United States.

We divide this podcast into two sections.
1 - Pre U.S. or colonial times
2 - U.S. and forward


Take a listen and let us "Show you the money"!



Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Dubois on Improving Conditions for Black Americans

Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Dubois on Improving Conditions for Black Americans

August 30, 2021

This podcast delves into the contributions of both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois on how to improve the conditions for black Americans in the United States.

While both Booker T Washington and W.E.B. Dubois were committed to solving the social issues facing black Americans, both went about doing so in very different ways, and sometimes with conflict between the two philosophies. 


Take a listen and share with your friends!

Impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans

Impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans

June 23, 2021

We had recently done a podcast on Westward Expansion and the Transcontinental Railroad. This podcast covers the impact that expansion has had on Native Americans. A special thank you to our external contributors from the Northern Cheyenne Nation, specifically to Wallace Bearchum who sent us excellent responses to the questions we sent. We have the audio of Mr. Bearchum as part of this podcast.


Some of the items we cover in this podcast include:

Life on the plains as part of the Cheyenne Nation

The Impact of Westward Expansion on Native Americans

Resistance of the Cheyenne Nation


We don't like going into too much detail in the descriptions, but take a listen and learn more!


Western Expansion & The Transcontinental Railroad

Western Expansion & The Transcontinental Railroad

May 28, 2021

This podcast covers many topics involved in the United States' western expansion. We touch on topics like the California Gold Rush, Ghost towns and Boom towns, The Homestead Act, and then we spend a bulk of time on The Pacific Railroad Act and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. We go into detail on the railroad's impact on Native Americans, and the struggles of the labor force engaged with the construction of the project.

We have a guest joining us from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum who answered some of Jeananne's questions! 

Take a listen and find out more about the history of The United States.

Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes

Presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes

May 7, 2021

As the 19th President of the United States (1877-1881), Rutherford B. Hayes oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War.

Born in Ohio in 1822, Hayes was educated at Kenyon College and Harvard Law School. After five years of law practice in Lower Sandusky, he moved to Cincinnati, where he flourished as a young Whig lawyer.

He fought in the Civil War, was wounded in action, and rose to the rank of brevet major general. While he was still in the Army, Cincinnati Republicans ran him for the House of Representatives. He accepted the nomination, but would not campaign, explaining, “an officer fit for duty who at this crisis would abandon his post to electioneer… ought to be scalped.”

Elected by a heavy majority, Hayes entered Congress in December 1865.

Between 1867 and 1876 he served three terms as Governor of Ohio.

The election of 1877 was one of the more hotly contested elections until 2000 and 2020. 

The Compromise of 1877 saw Hayes become President, but it was not decided until the day before inauguration!

Learn about this and more in this podcast!


The Presidency and Life of Ulysses S. Grant

The Presidency and Life of Ulysses S. Grant

April 26, 2021

This podcast covers the life and presidency of Ulysses S Grant. Ulysses S Grant spent his life serving his country. 

He led the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War in 1865

He was the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877

He created the Justice Department and worked to protect African Americans during reconstruction.

Even in his retirement, he continued serving. learn about his life, presidency and post presidency accomplishments! 

We have way more detail about Ulysses S. Grant in our podcast. As you know, there is always more to learn!

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