The Monday American | American History Podcast

The podcast that never takes the 'story' out of American history.

A Podcast revisiting American history one story at a time. Studying history teaches that contrary to popular belief, hindsight isn't always 20/20. A history podcast presenting American history while ensuring the "story" is never left out of history.

The American Civil War (Part III): A House Divided

The nation undergoes several crucial events in its course to all out war, which has long been coming. Topics covered in this episode include: Nat Turner's Rebellion, The Fugitive Slave Act, the Dred Scott decision, the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, The Election of 1860, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, Fort Sumter, The Battle of Bull Run, The Naval Buildup and the national realization that this was not going to be a short lived war.


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The American Civil War (Part II)

This episode begins with the raid on Harpers Ferry by John Brown. In doing so he becomes the ultimate martyr for his cause, inciting the national debate on the slavery issue further than ever before...

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The American Civil War (Part I)


The beginning of the civil war story starts earlier than you might imagine. We back up all the way to 1790 where George Washington announced his retirement from politics with his famous farewell address. It was a few months prior to this event that led Washington to address to the nation just what he felt was necessary in order to preserve the life of this new democratic republic that the United States had formed. He issued a warning that the biggest threats to democracy were the people themselves not understanding the freedom with which they were granted, and not unifying as a nation of United States. The reason Washington had these concerns was due to a debate about slavery that occurred a few months prior to his address. The slavery issue came to the house floor and was debated with fervor and heated conversation. The eventual outcome would be that due to the passing of the United States Constitution years prior, congress had no right to touch the topic of slavery through the year 1808. It ended with the abolitionists and pro-slavery arguers understanding that not only could the United States of America not do anything about the issue right then, due to the overwhelming understanding that the states dependent on it for their economy would surely succeed and destroy the Union right away; but they understood that they weren't even ready to talk about the topic due to the fact that neither side had a realistic and attainable solution. Episode 24, Part one of the Civil War series begins the story of the Civil War in the midst of the heated congressional debate about what this new nation known as the United States of America will do about the topic of Slavery. 

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Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt: America's Bull Moose

We've been working hard to introduce to you a new ongoing series titled: American Made. It will feature a character from American History that embodies the classic American ideals we admire, and a person that directly contributed to the success of our great nation! We hope you're as excited as we are about this! 

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The Miracle over Miami: Eastern Airlines Flight 855

Eastern Airlines Flight 855: The Miracle over Miami.

 This is the story of how a commercial jetliner was able to avoid utter disaster over the ocean and safely land in Miami, all 172 passengers and crew along with it. 

Although this is a slight deviation in the normal American history episodes we do it still plays an integral part in the nation's story. We hope you enjoy. 

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The American Revolution (Part III)

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George Washington Suffers defeat after defeat in the Revolutionary War, ultimately leading many to question his capability to lead the Army against the British invaders. For all his early failures and misfortunes he is able to plan one of the most iconic attacks in military history; resulting in the revival of the revolutionary cause for the colonies divided to become states that were united. This is the story of how George Washington saved America before it was even born.

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The American Revolution (Part II)

The American Revolution (Part II)

The Second of three parts devoted to the American Revolution. We go through the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Second Continental Congress' decision to declare their independence from Great Britain, and their decision to appoint George Washington as the General of the first Continental Army. An episode packed with a story of struggle, excitement and fear that is ultimately the beginning of American History.


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The American Revolution (Part I)

In the first of three episodes comprising a series devoted to The American Revolution, we discuss how we got to the point of all out war against the largest military power the world had seen so far. Who were these people that left Great Britain in search of entrepreneurial fortune and adventure in a brand new world? What made these colonists so angry that they decided their very own lives were worth less than their cause?

Listen to part one and find out everything you didn't know about the American Revolution.

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Sources used:

Kierner, Cynthia A. Revolutionary America, 1750-1815: sources and interpretation. Upper Saddle River (N.J.): Prentice Hall, 2003.

McCullough, David G. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006.

Fischer, David Hackett. Washingtons crossing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

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World War II (Part III): A War Against Evil

-Thanks for listening to the third installment of the World War II series on the show. This episode is titled "A war against evil." We spent a long time debating what to call it, titles aren't always easy. Eventually as more and more research and work was done for this episode it became clear that was the only choice. The men who fought this war weren't fighting it for political gain or for conquest; they were fighting on the battlefield against pure evil itself. I hope you enjoy this episode, it begins in the winter of 1944 in Belgium where the American 101st airborne division is about to experience the coldest winter of their lives...

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World War II (Part II): Into the Jaws of Death

From D-Day all the way up to the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes; this episode covers individual stories of the men who fought and died in France for the sake of the world. We analyze the horrific experience that it was to be on the beach that fateful day and what it was like to experience the jaws of death. 

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World War II (Part I): Foundation for Destruction

Part one analyzing the complex nature and grotesque scene of human carnage and destruction known as World War II. Listen as we take you into the minds of the soldiers and civilians who lived through this un-speakable event and hear the stories that they recount from the memory of witnessing these horrors with their very own eyes. 

This is World War Two as you've never heard it; unfiltered and up close with the biggest characters in history who shaped the world as we know it today. Discover what it was like for the marine's fighting the Japanese, for the American planners to come up with and execute the biggest invasion in the history of human kind under the supervision and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Listen to the painful descriptions of what war is like on a battlefield we cannot even fully comprehend without actually being there. Listen to WWII on The Monday American

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy: The Watchman on the Wall, Overlooking Camelot.

The Kennedy administration had an atmosphere worthy of the nickname "Camelot". We dive into the Kennedy era starting at World War II and going through to his death. We discuss the implications that the JFK assassination had both at home and abroad.

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Pilot Episode - If at first you don't succeed...

This episode is a very brief intro about the show and what it was created for. We also dive a bit into the foundation of the country and the one document that is tied to the life of the country and freedom itself.

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