Early and Often: The History of Elections in America
By David Severa
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Follow the history of voting in the United States all the way from the earliest colonial days to the present.
||CleanEpisode 37 - Man in the Middle||We return to Pennsylvania in the late 1600s. William Penn may not be happy with being stuck in England, but his colonists are very much enjoying their extra independence - and taking full advantage.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 - What About Livingston?||As New York rapidly approaches the Revolutionary period, political life becomes a confusing whirlwind of populist factionalism.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 - Fight, Fight, Fight!||During the early 1700s, the colony of New York is divided by two successive bursts of factionalism, one over taxes and the other over a ridiculously trivial salary dispute.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34 - The Anti-Leislerians||After the chaos caused by Leisler's Rebellion, New York spends the 1690s and 1700s attempting to recover, only for that recovery to be repeatedly derailed by ongoing factionalism that no one could stop.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 - Empire State of Play||In this episode, we take a general look at political life in New York during the later colonial period, from the development of caucuses to a particularly spirited election full of parades, Quakers, and booze.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32 - Riot!||In this episode, we continue the story of the Massachusetts politician Thomas Hutchinson, and look at his involvement with two major instances of mob violence in the colony, one against the impressment of sailors by the British navy, and the other...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31 - Thomas Hutchinson||In this episode, we begin the first of a two part look at the life and career of Thomas Hutchinson, one of the last governors of colonial Massachusetts, and one of the last politicians of the old-school Puritan style.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 - A City Upon a Hill in the Hands of an Angry God||Connecticut, the so-called Land of Steady Habits and the colony which was most stuck in the 1600s, faces its first real internal divisions, over religious disputes caused by the Great Awakening, the first big revival movement in American history.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 - The Ward-Hopkins Controversy||As Rhode Island develops and grows throughout the 18th century, it becomes divided by a struggle for dominance between the two largest cities in the colony, leading to the creation of an early two-party system with many features that would be emulated..||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 - Take My Debts Away||In this episode, we look at how further wars with Quebec combined with the introduction of paper money to create big political divisions in mid-18th century Massachusetts.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 - Black Kings||In this episode, we take a break from the main narrative to have a closer look at how New England politics functioned in the early 1700s. Then we'll look at the surprising tradition of elections among the slaves of New England.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - The Wars of William and Anne||In this episode, we follow New England as it picks itself up after the chaos of the Glorious Revolution and then promptly proceeds to stumble through two terribly embarrassing wars against Quebec. Plus the Salem witch trials!||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - The Last of the Stuarts||In this episode we jump back to England for a bit, to see how the political system there is evolving in the wake of the Glorious Revolution - and to see just how much England and the colonies have already diverged from each other.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Yet More Contemporaneous Rebellions||This episode, we look at the last two colonial rebellions caused by the Glorious Revolution, one in Maryland against the Catholic proprietorship, and one in North Carolina against the corrupt governor Seth Sothel.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Leisler's Rebellion||This episode, we jump down to New York to see how the fall of the Dominion of New England played out there. Spoiler alert: much worse than in Boston.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - The Glorious Revolution||We follow the course of the Glorious Revolution - the overthrow of James II - in both England and New England, where an aftershock rebellion overthrows the Dominion as well.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - The Dominion of New England||The unwillingness of Massachusetts to cooperate in any way with the English government leads to its annexation by the Dominion of New England, a new mega-colony which absorbs everything from Maine to New Jersey.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - The Founding of Pennsylvania (And Delaware Too)||We introduce the last of the Middle Colonies, Pennsylvania and Delaware, and talk more about the Quaker migration to America and its surprising diversity.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - New Jersey, New Jersey||We look at the early history of New Jersey, a colony beset by constant legal headaches, and finally give a proper introduction to the Quakers, the next big group of settlers in America.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - New York, New York||Dutch New Netherland is conquered by the English, who gradually remake the colony, now New York, in their own image, both politically and culturally.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - The City on the Edge of Tomorrow||We look at the history and government of New Netherland, the Dutch colony which would become New York after its conquest by England.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - The Iroquois Confederacy||We jump back in time to before European colonization to look at the prehistory and history of the Iroquois Confederacy, one of the most politically sophisticated Native American societies.||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Locke of the Carolinas||Next up: the founding of South Carolina, and its origins both in the high-minded ideals of the philosopher John Locke and in the brutal realities of slavery in the Caribbean. When principles face off against economics, which will win?||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Culpeper's Rebellion||We move down south for the creation of North Carolina, the first of the post-Restoration colonies, peopled by hardy outcasts from Virginia. When a dispute over taxation meshes with a constitutional crisis in the young colony, the result is rebellion....||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All||We conclude this first series of episodes on New England with a look at the broader sweep of history from the 1630s to the 1670s, including the Restoration and King Philip's War, the deadliest war per capita in American history.||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - The New England Town||In this episode we take a closer look at the town governments of New England, in particular those famous and distinctive town meetings. How did they work? Where did they come from? How did they fail?||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Roots and Offshoots||Now Massachusetts has been created, it's time to look at the other colonies in the region that fell into its orbit: Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - The Pig Who Invented Bicameralism||In this episode we look at the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as well as its early struggles over the proper role of popular participation in government.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - The Coming of the Pilgrims Into a State of Nature||We jump back in time a bit to discuss the origins of New England, with a further look at Puritanism and the founding of Plymouth, the first colony in the region, by the Pilgrims.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Bacon's Rebellion||Simmering tensions in Virginia flare into open revolt as the first era of colonization in the Chesapeake comes to a disastrous end.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Berkeley's Virginia||A discussion of life in the Chesapeake in the mid-1600s, from local government to election practices to the origins of slavery and a new upper class.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Come Ye Rogues, Come Ye Rogues||The history of the Chesapeake during Cromwell's Protectorate and the Restoration of the English monarchy. William Claiborne overthrows the government of Maryland for the eighteenth  time.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - The Plundering Time||Virginia gets a new governor, William Berkeley, but as civil war comes to England, the Chesapeake scrambles to deal with dangerous upheavals both at home and abroad.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - The Thrusting Out of Governor Harvey||A second colony is created in the Chesapeake, Maryland. But its status as a haven for Catholics leads to a hostile relationship with Virginia that proves seriously disruptive to both sides.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Legislatures, East and West||Virginia gains the first elected legislature in British America, the General Assembly. Plus, the history of the English Parliament.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - The Virginia Company||We look at the historical context for the European colonization of North America, and then at the utterly catastrophic first decade of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Introduction||The podcast is kicked off with a quick look at the founding of Jamestown and the first – sort of – election in what would become the United States, plus a statement of purpose for the series as a whole.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoroughly researched with material presented in a balanced and fair manner. No particular ideology here. Just pure history.
I would have given five stars except for the fact that sometimes the podcast contains a bit too much minutiae, there is no real flow from one podcast to the next.
More than just elections!
Very educational podcast that uses the history of elections in America (starting with the English colonies) to also cover many other fascinating topics, while still staying on task. You learn about contemporaneous events in England and in the different colonies, a lot about the Native Americans, and much about the character of the various colonies, life in those times, and not just about prominent figures. The host has a good voice, soothing so it can be relaxing but not so much that you’ll fall asleep unless you try. Sound quality is excellent and gets better a few episodes in. I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to see where else this leads! Great show, the effort shines through.
Strongly recommended for any fan of history and/or US politics
Imagine a podcast in the style of The History of Rome podcast mixed with the political and electoral history of the United States, and you have imagined this podcast. David Severa has a nice voice and cadence for this sort of podcast, and the episodes are well-paced and highly engaging. I've learned a lot about the US just from the first 10 episodes, and I'm a big fan of both history and US politics. I now eagerly await new episodes of Early and Often in my podcast feed every week!