It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Why Ben Franklin?
I chose the title Ben Franklin’s World because nearly everyone knows who Ben Franklin was and when he lived. I also chose Franklin because his worldly life and legacy allow me to discuss early American history in its broadest sense.
Neither colonial North America nor the United States developed apart from the rest of the world. Both the colonies and the fledgling United States participated in the politics, economics, and culture of the Atlantic World. Events in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America affected the way North Americans lived, dressed, worshipped, conducted business, and exercised diplomacy.
Benjamin Franklin took an active part in the Atlantic World; he was a world traveler and a consummate learner. He helped found the United States and influenced technological developments after his death. The spirit of Benjamin Franklin provides this podcast with the freedom to discuss early American History between the 17th and early 19th centuries.
Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History contains 4 segments:
1. Modern Day Discovery: An occasional segment where I share information about news or events from our present-day.
2. Ask the Historian: A periodic segment where I answer your questions about history or the work historians perform.
3. Guest Interview: This segment stands as the centerpiece of the show. It is where I interview an historian who has conducted (or is conducting) fascinating research about important episodes and people in early American history.
On occasion, I replace this segment with a captivating story from my own historical research.
4. Time Warp: The post-interview segment where I ask my guest a hypothetical history question about what might have been if something had occurred differently or if someone had acted differently.