In this episode, we chat with three young and promising historians of early America: Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ken Owen. All three scholars discuss history at The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History and podcast as regular panelists on The JuntoCast: A Monthly Podcast about Early American History.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
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.
Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
In this episode, we chat with three young and promising historians of early America: Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ken Owen.
All three scholars discuss history at The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History and podcast as regular panelists on The JuntoCast: A Monthly Podcast About Early American History.
During our conversation, Michael, Roy, and Ken reveal the story behind The Junto blog and The JuntoCast, how they got started, and what types of articles and episodes you can expect to find; information about what aspects of early American history these three historians study; and the list of early American history books they recommend to all of their non-historian friends.
What You’ll Discover
- What the academic titles of “doctoral candidate” or “Ph.D. candidate” and “Assistant Professor” mean
- How The Junto blog began
- What types of early American History articles and content you will find at The Junto blog
- A brief assessment of the historical accuracy of the Assassin's Creed III video game
- How The Junto blog and The JuntoCast received its name
- Information about The JuntoCast
- Early American history topics covered in The JuntoCast and information about how Ken, Michael, Ken, and their guests discuss those topics
- How The JuntoCast will help you develop your historical thinking skills
- Information about Roy Rogers’ research on how the Anglican Church handled its disestablishment from the state after the American Revolution
- Information about Michael Hattem’s research on “history culture” in colonial and revolutionary America
- What “history culture” is and how it contributed to the historical memory of Americans who lived in revolutionary and early republic America
- How Ken Owen, an Englishman born and raised, came to study the American Revolution
- How English schools teach the American Revolution
- Information about Ken’s forthcoming book, which explores how the participation of ordinary citizens in Pennsylvania town meetings, county committees, and nominating conventions allowed them to transmit their desires onto the more formal channels of government
- What the founders and those involved in the discussion of a state religion thought about non-Christian religions and religious freedom in general
- How Pennsylvania’s ethnic diversity affected the politics of the colony leading up to the Revolution
- Whether the politics of the American Revolution united the ethnic factions of Pennsylvania
- Why historians seem less-than-thrilled with the portrayal of the American Revolution in History Channel’s Sons of Liberty miniseries
- Books about early American history that Roy, Ken, and Michael recommend
- A sneak peek at future episodes of The JuntoCast
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History
- The JuntoCast: A Monthly Podcast on Early American History
- Ken Owen’s Website
- Ken Owen’s University of Illinois-Springfield Webpage
- Ken Owen Twitter: @Kenneth_Owen
- Roy Rogers’ Website
- Roy Rogers Twitter: @fauxintel
- Michael Hattem’s Website
- Michael Hattem Twitter: @MichaelHattem
- MHS Revolution Conference (April 9-11, 2015)
- CUNY Early American Republic Seminar (May 1, 2015)
- The JuntoCast Episode 14, “Popular Protest in Early America”
What might have happened if Parliament and King George III had accepted and allowed official, voting representatives from its British North American colonies in Parliament? How would early American history be different?
Junto Recommended Reading List
- Alan Taylor, American Colonies: The Settling of North America
- Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom
- Alan Gibson, Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic
- Alan Gibson, Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions
- Benson Bobrick, Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution
- Gordon Wood, The American Revolution: A History
- Edmund Morgan, The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89
- Jon Butler, Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776
- Gordon Wood, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
- François Furstenberg, In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation
- Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution
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