The Political History of the United States

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After years of tension, the end would finally come for the Massachusetts Bay Company. With the King desperate to reassert royal prerogative he would push forward to cancel to Bay Company charter and usher in a new era of government in New England.
As Massachusetts continues to defy the crown, a situation developed in London that is once again going to turn the attention away from Massachusetts and place the focus on a religious question in England itself. This crisis will, in time, lead to serious repercussions back in New England.
London is finally forced to take a long hard look at their recalcitrant colonies in New England in the aftermath of King Philip’s war. A commission is sent over to get a sense of the overall problem, while the King begins to explore ways to bring Massachusetts and the rest of the region back into line with royal prerogative.
A look at the first decade of Pennsylvania history. The colony struggles under the new Frame of Government, while William Penn fends off border disputes with the other colonies.
William Penn, having founded the Pennsylvania colony, now needed to get a government in place for it. What would emerge was the Pennsylvania Frame of Government, one of the most liberal governments put into place in colonial America.
William Penn enters our story as we explore his life and the founding of Pennsylvania.
This week we look at the ultimate legacy of King Philip's war. What had the entire thing meant? What were the short and long term gains? What about the losses? Finally, how does this conflict fit into the greater story of the colonies in the 17th century, and explain the events to come?
The tide begins to shift as the colonists take control of King Philip's war.
This week we follow the events of 1675. As the Indians keep up with their hit and run tactics, the colonists struggle to gain their footing in the war.
After years of tension between the Plymouth colonists and the local tribes, the situation finally reached a tipping point in June 1675. What ensues over the next month would assure that King Philip's war would not be contained to just Plymouth but instead would become a major regional conflict.
This week we look at the conditions in New England just prior to the outbreak of King Philip's War. The New England colonies continue to push back against royal prerogative, setting up what was likely an inevitable confrontation just before the events of King Philip's War take place. 
This episode we look at the final days of Bacon's Rebellion. We examine how the English deal with the situation once they arrive in the colonies, and how Governor Berkeley adjusts to the changing dynamic. We then spend the second half of the episode looking at the legacy of Bacon's Rebellion and attempting to put it into the context of the American colonial experience.
This week the fight moves back to Jamestown for a final encounter between Berkeley and Bacon. The outcome is going to leave everybody looking at a new political future for the Virginia colony.
As Bacon's Rebellion continues we are going to watch Governor Berkeley continue to make misstep after misstep as he fights to regain control of his colony and avoid becoming completely isolated in Virginia.
Following being named a traitor, Bacon and his men move on Jamestown. What ensues is a series of mistakes and blunders by Governor Berkeley that will move Virginia from a minor civil disturbance to an open rebellion.
This week we explore the run-up to Bacon's Rebellion. With colonists already pushed to the breaking point as a result of excessive taxation, conflict erupts along the frontier between settlers and the local tribes. The government’s response leaves the colonists looking elsewhere for protection, protection they would find in Nathaniel Bacon.
This week we begin the first part in a series looking at Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia. Our examination starts by looking at the larger picture in Virginia since the restoration that helps to explains why the colony was so ripe for a rebellion to take place.
Following the end of the third Anglo-Dutch war, New York was officially an English colony. What emerges is a struggle between the colonists and the royal government for representation. At the same time, Edmund Andros fights to secure the economy of the colony in light of new English restrictions.
This episode we explore the transformation of New Netherland into New York, as well as look at the rise of Edmund Andros.
This week we look at an attempt to establish a feudal government in the new Carolina colony.
This week our story heads back to the South. With Spanish influence waning the English decide to venture into the vast amount of land between Florida and Virginia.
This week we are jumping back a bit and properly introducing the Province of Maryland. Originally founded to be a Catholic colony by Lord Baltimore, the colony sought to avoid the difficulties that plagued early Virginia and Plymouth.
To begin our second season we look at the early years for the Quakers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The treatment of the Quakers by the Puritans will tell us a lot about the religious situation in Massachusetts during the era. It will also help set the stage for events that will unfold throughout this season.
This week we wrap up the first season by continuing our look back at where we have been. We will also spend some time examining the themes that have helped define the early colonial experience. These themes are going to be critical moving forward and will help paint the future for the colonial United States.
Today is the first part of our season in review. This week's episode goes back and looks at the things we have talked about and tries to pull together some of the central themes that we have seen. Next time we will cover the second half of the season in review and then, without any delay, move straight into season 2.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Allen Ayers
Podcast Status
Nov 30th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 30th, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
30 minutes

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