Category Archives: Public History

Podcast S4E2: The British Are Coming: Rick Atkinson and the American Revolution

This week Stan interviews Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson about the first volume of his new Revolution trilogy, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Volume 1: Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777.  Rick discusses researching at Windsor Castle, George III’s handwriting, walking the battlefields, Washington’s leadership, and plays “Overated/Underated.” All this plus another edition of the ever-popular This Week in History.

Take Two Aspirin & Call Me in the Morning: Presidential Illness in American History

Questions surrounding the president’s health go back to the earliest days of the republic. In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton looks at the history of presidential health, beginning with George Washington.

Podcast S4E1: The Cigarette: A Political History

In our first podcast of the season, Stan talks to Sarah Milov of the University of Virginia about her recent book The Cigarette: A Political History, and about the fascinating history of smoking and anti-smoking in America–including a snippet of the creepy Johnny Smoke PSA from the late ’60s. We also check out “This Week in History,” from Jimmy Carter to Janis Joplin to Tomochichi, “Obituaries You Were Too Busy to Notice,” and this week’s edition of “People You Thought Were Dead but are Still Living.” 

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The 19th Amendment: Women’s Suffrage at 100

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which extended to women the right to vote. In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton examines the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the long, difficult struggle to win the vote–and how the fight continued for some Americans long after 1920.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: A Nation of Free Men & Women

This Dispatch looks at the long history of protest and civil unrest, peaceful and violent, in American history, from the colonial period through the present.