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The Age of Jackson Podcast

By Daniel Gullotta

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Description

A Podcast on Antebellum America (ca.1815 - ca.1845) hosted by Daniel N. Gullotta.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic Podcast

Although my research lies in the Revolutionary era, The Age of Jackson podcast has quickly become my favorite history podcast. Covering contempoary research and understanding of the era to examinations of classic works in the field, the Age of Jackson Podcast is a must-listen. The professional quality and questions posed by the host, Daniel Gullotta, are excellent.

Worthy of Your Attention

Insightful, quality, and entertaining, The Age of Jackson Podcast is already impressive with its informative discussions led by relevant scholars of Antebellum America. Would definitely recommend subscribing and sharing with anyone who may be interested!

So good I’m not even mad Jackson’s still on the 20 anymore

History is.. let’s just say, not my strong suit. I knew all the stuff everyone knows, but not much more (in fact, maybe even a bit less). Thanks to the omnipresent Hamilton + a brief stint living in Williamsburg, I picked up some more detail about the Revolutionary Era by osmosis, but didn’t know anything about the late 1700s/early 1800s, let alone enough to be interested in the era. Nothing really happened between the Revolution and the Civil War, anyway.

Why I subscribed to this podcast, then, is a mystery. I let it sit dormant in my podcast list for a long, long time. Then, for some reason, decided to give it a spin while mowing the lawn one day—and boy, am I glad I did. It is a *fascinating* podcast. Daniel is such a wonderful interviewer, and his guests are uniformly out of this world. (I’ve lost track of how many times his interviewees have complimented him on the insightfulness of his questions, and rightfully so.) All involved are clearly “Historians’ Historians” and gladly delve into what I can only assume are academic theories and frameworks for studying the subject, but they also don’t shy away from History 101 questions like, “So who was Thomas Jefferson, anyway?” This is a wonderful balance, as I never feel out of my depth, but also feel like I’m auditing an advanced American History course taught by a rotating pair of awesome professors.

It’s also a great entree into this era if you’re interested in reading some pop history on it. Given my newfound interest in this era (thanks to this pod), I recently picked up “1812: The War That Forged A Nation” by Robert Borneman. I’ve enjoyed it, but as names and locations often blur together for me, it reminds me that I tend to prefer history as told through biographies, rather than as stories of wars and such. That said, many of Daniel’s interviews have provided extremely helpful context, making the book even more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise.

It’s also given me some tremendous—and much needed—perspective as I process what’s happening in the world today. Daniel isn’t afraid to dig into the practical lessons we can learn from the Age of Jackson (without getting *too* political about it), and those lessons are more relevant now than ever. (I assume. Remember, I really don’t know much about history, so don’t quote me on that.)

I could go on and on, but I’ve still got ton of episodes I need to listen to.. and if you’re not a listener yet, you do, too! Keep up the great work, Daniel!

The Age of Jackson Podcast
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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