US History Repeated
The Election of 1860 & Southern Secession

The Election of 1860 & Southern Secession

February 9, 2021

The election of 1860 was strife with sectionalism. The North and South could not agree on their candidiates and we subsequently saw 4 presidential hopefuls:

1. John Breckinridge who was from Kentucky and had served as James Buchanan’s Vice President. (Southern Democrat, slave owner)

2. Stephen A. Douglas, Senator from Illinois (Northern Democrat)

3. John Bell, effectively a slavery neutral candidate (Constitutional Union Party)

4. Abraham Lincoln, a former Whig who had served in the Illinois state legislature and served one term in the House of Representatives. (Represented the new Republican Party)

Here about all the issues surrounding this election, who won which states and why, as well as the aftermath and challenges of the newly elected president. 

Take a listen to see how tensions are rising, secession is starting, and the inevitability of Civil War in the United States is becoming very clear.

There is always more to learn!

Events of the 1850s Leading to the US Civil War

Events of the 1850s Leading to the US Civil War

February 1, 2021

We have been building up to the Civil War for quite some time now. 
Sectionalism, lack of national unity and the issue of the extension of slavery into new territories are at an all time high. The events of the 1850s will make the Civil War all but inevitable.

We cover the short-lived presidency of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore, both members of the Whig Party.

We discuss the aftermath of the Mexican-American War and how these states were going to enter the union. Spoiler Alert...The Missouri Compromise won't work anymore!

Take a listen to see how tensions are rising and the inevitability of Civil War in the United States is becoming very clear.

There is always more to learn!

The 2nd Great Awakening & Social Reforms Part 2

The 2nd Great Awakening & Social Reforms Part 2

January 16, 2021

In this podcast we continue the discussion on the beginnings of social reform in the United States. Within the two podcasts we discuss Dorothea Dix and her work in the field of mental illness, Temperance movement with limiting alcoholic consumption, Abolition, Women's Suffrage, and Horace Mann with educational reforms. 

Many of today's social justice movements can trace their beginnings back to this time in our nation's history. Change is perpetual, but to get real change started requires a lot of work, as you will hear!

There is so much content that we needed to break it up into two separate podcasts. 

This is part 2 of 2. 

 

There is always more to learn! 

The 2nd Great Awakening & Social Reforms Part 1

The 2nd Great Awakening & Social Reforms Part 1

January 8, 2021

In this podcast we discuss the beginnings of social reform in the United States. We discuss Dorothea Dix and her work in the field of mental illness, as well as Temperance, Abolition, Women's Suffrage, and Horace Mann with educational reforms. 

Many of today's social justice movements can trace their beginnings back to this time in our nation's history. Change is perpetual, but to get real change started requires a lot of work, as you will hear!

There is so much content that we needed to break it up into two separate podcasts. 

This is part 1 of 2. 

The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution

December 21, 2020

The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change. Industry brought progress, expansion, and movement of the population to new towns that sprung up all over the country. 

Our special guest, Christian de Rezendes, is the creator of a documentary about Slatersville and the development of that town during the period. We got to ask him some questions and received great insight that we are able to share with our listeners. 

Always more to learn!!

U.S. Expansion and Manifest Destiny

U.S. Expansion and Manifest Destiny

December 15, 2020

We cover a bit in this podcast, but the focus is on Manifest Destiny and the American Expansion "From Sea to Shining Sea".

We realize that we had a run on "The Presidency of...", but we like to keep our listeners guessing! In the Expansion and Manifest Destiny podcast, we cover the following presidencies:

Martin Van Buren (8th President and one term in office)

Wm. Henry Harrison (9th President and one MONTH in office)

John Tyler (10th president and only finished Harrison's term)

James K. Polk (11th President)

We also get into the Mexican-American War, one of the little talked about wars. We don't want to give it all away in the description, so take a listen.

Presidency of Andrew Jackson

Presidency of Andrew Jackson

December 7, 2020

We continue our run of presidential podcasts with Andrew Jackson, our 7th President. Jackson was known as "The People's President", as well as his policies that forced Native Americans to migrate from their homes. This would be called the Trail of Tears. 

Jackson, a war hero during the War of 1812 is given credit for the founding of the Democratic Party,  but we don't want to give away all of the info in the description because we want you to listen. Enjoy!

Side rhyme: He is on the twenty, but hated paper money. (JL Original)

 

Presidency of John Quincy Adams

Presidency of John Quincy Adams

November 20, 2020

John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, was elected president despite losing both the popular and electoral vote. He was elected by the House of Representatives.

John Quincy Adams was the son of 2nd president John Adams.

As Secretary of State, Adams negotiated the Adams-Onís Treaty, which allowed the U.S. to acquire Florida. 

Adams was not a fan of being president, and had lots of drama and friction with Andrew Jackson, but we don't want to give away all of the info in the description because we want you to listen. Enjoy!

The Presidency of James Monroe

The Presidency of James Monroe

November 12, 2020

We continue with our Presidential series and are up to our nation's 5th President, James Monroe.

James Monroe oversaw major westward expansion, the acquisition of Florida, and strengthened foreign policy greatly.

James Monroe was a teenage hero at the battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War, a law apprentice for Thomas Jefferson, and was a key player in two administrations. The Monroe Doctrine was probably among the most famous accomplishments and we go into detail on what was in it and what it meant to our fledgling country.

We don't want to give away all of the content in the description because we want you to listen. Enjoy!

Presidency of James Madison

Presidency of James Madison

November 2, 2020

We continue our podcast series and are now up to the 4th President James Madison. He was known as the Father of the Constitution, was president during the war of 1812, was in office when Washington was burned to the ground.

Within this podcast we give some interesting ways on how to teach the war of 1812 as well! Take a listen, there is always more to learn. 

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