A special Christmas podcast, with Stan reading from one of his favorite books, as Mr. Pickwick and his fellow Pickwickians visit Dingley Dell Manor Farm for a good old fashioned English Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Stan’s guest this week on the podcast is David Blight of Yale University, author of the pathbreaking new biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, published by Simon & Schuster. David talks about the 12 years he worked on the book, the private Savannah collection of Douglass papers that opened up new insights into Douglass’s extraordinary life, and Douglass’s place in American history.
Once again this year, in celebration of the spooky season Stan reads a favorite ghost story, “Call First” by Ramsay Campbell, first published in 1975. Draw near the fire, dim the lights, and enjoy…..
Stan’s guest this week is Jim Jordan, talking about his new book, The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book, published in 2018 by UGA Press. Jim tells the fascinating story of Savannah businessman Charles Lamar, who in 1858 illegally brought one of the last shipments of enslaved Africans to the United States, and whose papers were confiscated by the U.S. government after the Civil War. In 2009 the letters were rediscovered in a New Jersey attic, rescued by Jordan, and donated to the Georgia Historical Society. Jim talks about Lamar, the slaveship Wanderer, and the story of the missing papers.
Part 2 of Stan’s interview with historian John Ferling on Jefferson, Paine, and Monroe, as well a lightning round of “Rate that Founding Father.”