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The Political History of the United States

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In 1741 a slave conspiracy gripped New York.
Harsh slave codes, which were intended to keep the slave populations at bay, often produced the opposite effect. This week we look at what happened when slaves decided that the time was right to rise up against the owners.
Beginning in the 1660s, slave codes would come to codify life for African slaves. This week we discuss what those codes were and how they came to be. We will also look at the role of racism in the prevention of slave uprisings.
In an effort to deal with urban poverty in London, James Oglethorpe forms the Georgia Trustees and create a new colony.
This week we explore how Carolina split into separate colonies. We then explore how internal conflict and dissent would lead to the end of proprietary government in both North and South Carolina.
After a few starts and stops, the British agree to help the colonists move on Quebec. Meanwhile, down in the South, the Spanish attempt an attack on Charleston.
The colonies were pushed into Queen Anne's War following questions of succession in the Spanish empire. This war saw the English stuck in a conflict against the Spanish, the French, and hostile Indian tribes.
Piracy had become common in the colonies by the end of the 17th century. One part economic boon, and another part danger, the practice would play a major role in colonial politics of the era.   As promised during the episode, the link to the
This week we take a census of where the colonies all stand at the end of the 17th century. This week we are going to look at population growth, economic development, and the expansion of slavery around the turn of the century.
William Penn finally returns to Pennsylvania. Despite the decades-long absence, he quickly finds himself having to turn around and rush back to England. Before he can do that, however, he must first settle the question of the government. The re
With William Penn stuck in London, Pennsylvania would become filled with factionalism.  Penn's solution to this was to turn to a New England Puritan for help, a move that did not exactly go over well.
This week we return to Virginia and meet up with our old friend, Edmund Andros.
Following our look at the events that gripped 1692 Salem, this week we examine exactly how it all happened and what the lasting legacy of the trials was.
In 1692 the village of Salem, Massachusetts was gripped by fears and allegations of witchcraft.
After spending several years in limbo, William III finally decides the fate of the North American colonies and begins issuing the new charters.
The colonies spend a nervous few years between the rebellions of 1689 and the coming new charters.
As rebellion spread throughout the Dominion Government to the North, it would also find its way to Maryland, where the colonists had finally had enough of the Catholic proprietors.
Tying all the strings of our second season together.
The first of our two-part season in review.
New York decides that their time in the Dominion is over, as Jacob Leisler leads the charge to overthrow it.
With Andros gone and the Dominion government in shambles, the colonists are forced to plot a new and uncertain path forward.
A reading of The Declaration of the Gentlemen, Merchants, and Inhabitants of Boston, and the Country Adjacent.
After years of frustration under Edmund Andros, the colonists in Boston decide that the time is ripe to take things in a different direction.
With England falling headlong into the Glorious Revolution, New England begins to feel the convulsions from across the Atlantic.
Our look at the Dominion of New England expands beyond Massachusetts as we take a tour of the other colonies that made up the Dominion. Then we head back to England where James II begins to see his grip on power slip.
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