Episode 300: Vast Early America

What do historians wish more people better understood about early American history and why do they wish people had that better understanding?

In celebration of the 300th episode of Ben Franklin’s World, we posed these questions to more than 30 scholars. What do they think?

Join the celebration to learn more about Early America and take a behind-the-scenes tour of your favorite history podcast.

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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.

Ben Franklin’s World is a production of the Omohundro Institute.

Episode Summary

What do historians wish more people better understood about early American history and why do they wish people had that better understanding?

In honor of our 300th episode, we posed this question to more than 30 historians and they obliged us with answers. Their answers range from the temporal and geographic scope of Early America to what they wish more people understood about the work historians do.

Who You’ll Discover

  1. Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute
  2. Caitlin Fitz, Northwestern University
  3. Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon
  4. Caroline Winterer, Stanford University
  5. Marcus P. Nevius, University of Rhode Island
  6. Joshua Piker, Omohundro Institute and William & Mary
  7. Lisa Wilson, Connecticut College
  8. Sara Georgini, Adams Papers Editorial Project and Massachusetts Historical Society
  9. Kenneth Cohen, Smithsonian Museum of American History
  10. Bonnie Huskins, University of New Brunswick
  11. Johann Neem, Western Washington University
  12. Jennifer Van Horn, University of Delaware
  13. Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard University
  14. Stephen Fried, Independent Scholar
  15. Holly White, Omohundro Institute
  16. Alejandra Dubcovsky, University of California, Riverside
  17. Terrance Rucker, Office of the Historian, United States House of Representatives
  18. Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware
  19. Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University
  20. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Monticello
  21. Julie Reed, Pennsylvania State University
  22. Ronald A. Johnson, Baylor University
  23. Catherine Kelly, Omohundro Institute
  24. Martha Howard, Omohundro Institute
  25. Stephen Brumwell, Independent Scholar
  26. Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University
  27. Tyson Reeder, Papers of James Madison
  28. Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin
  29. Joseph Adelman, Framingham State University and Omohundro Institute
  30. Abigail Swingen, Texas Tech University
  31. Christopher Grasso, William & Mary
  32. Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College
  33. Alan Taylor, University of Virginia
  34. Sari Altschuler, Northeastern University
  35. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Rutgers University
  36. Douglas Winiarski, University of Richmond

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