The 1890’s – Part I: Mauve Decade

A look at the 1890’s, a decade where America developed in many ways. This is part of a FOUR PART series of podcasts on My History Can Beat Up Your Politics. X-rays, flying machines, oyster pirates and basketball. Also strikes, war, populism and long-forgotten literature. How did things get modern in America? The popularity of…

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  Now you can support My History Can Beat Up Your Politics on Patreon. Support the show, help us keep great content going and get extra stuff. You’ll get extra episodes, including DRAFT JOHNSON – Did Johnson Really Want to Run in 1968? His Speech Says One Thing, His Actions (and Some Allies) Say Another…

About Those Hessians: Realities of the Revolution

It’s easy to forget that Hessians were people too, with the way they are discussed in history. A bit about the German “mercenaries” for the British Side in the Revolution in this episode. We discuss their true purpose and story, the impact on the Revolution and American motives. How some Hessians switched sides, or just settled down in…

Harris and the Vice Presidency in a Historical Context

Office or incumbent? The office has been described as a nullity and a spare tire. The historic incumbents include many ‘also-rans’ and some did very little to speak of in office, or anywhere.. A few did not speak to the President while in office. One VP was described as a “smiling mediocrity” (and that was…

The 1890’s Part II: Tin Man

In this second look at the decade of the 1890’s. Economic disaster and marching citizens. Pitchfork and tin making rebellion. Competing metals and ideas. An election only makes clearer the divisions in socie In this second look at the decade of the 1890’s. Economic disaster and marching citizens. Pitchfork prairie populists and industrial workers revolt…..

Inflation Gardens and Other Stories

Some economic stats are the concern of governments. Inflation is personal. In a sense, it’s all on us. Inflation has turned Presidents into crusaders. And sometimes turned the American people into the critical actors, volunteers or even “the problem.” We may or may not be there yet, but it’s worth a walk through the inflation…

News Stories From 1921 That Matter Today – with Jon Blackwell

Jon Blackwell, Wall Street Journal Production Editor and news of the past maven [follow him on Twitter at @100YearsAgoNews] comes on the program to discuss some significant news stories of one hundred years ago. Auctioning people for paid jobs, Resisting smoking and liquor bans, Actors in trouble, Fistfight in Congress, Prosperity around the corner and…

The Anti-Masonic Party and Conspiracy Theory Politics Old & New

We look at the Anti-Masonic Party of the 1820s and 1830s from backwater movement to national stage and its lasting influence on one of the two major parties today, and on political conventions. Was it truly a conspiracy theory-based movement? What can it say about today’s politics. And a candidate who didn’t want to run…

Grover Cleveland Cake, and Other Stories

Of the many things Grover Cleveland is remembered for, his still extant wedding cake stands out for the few visitors to his birthplace home in Caldwell, N.J. He’s not a President much remembered though podcasts have revived knowledge about him a bit. We discuss Cleveland, his legacy, and a great fight of the 1880’s that determined executive…