A History of the United States

Jamie Redfern


A History of the United States. A podcast charting the history of the United States of America from the foundation of Jamestown to the end of the cold war, covering political, military, economic, social and cultural history.

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Episode 89 - Cranston and Empire

12:10 | Mar 14th, 2018

This week we rapidly take Rhode Island into the 1750s.

Episode 88 - Cranston

15:11 | Feb 19th, 2018

This week we look at Rhode Island in the Glorious Revolution, and introduce Cranston into the narrative.

Episode 87 - Ingorious Andros

16:15 | Feb 1st, 2018

This week we examine the governorship of Andros as the Dominion of New England rapidly fell apart.

Episode 86 - The Dominion of New England

15:53 | Jan 16th, 2018

This week we cover creation of the Dominion of New England.

Episode 85 - Penn's Pennsylvania

15:56 | Jan 1st, 2018

This week we turn north to cover the Quakers and the foundation of Pennslyvania.

Episode 84 - Go West

18:12 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week we cover the geography of Virginia as the state began to push westwards.

Episode 83 - Gooch

16:40 | Nov 6th, 2017

We look at the administration of Gooch, and the War of the Austrian Succession.

Episode 82 - What's Next?

16:02 | Oct 2nd, 2017

This week we finish looking at Spotswood, and move on to Governor Gooch.

Episode 81 - Pirates of the Chesapeake

20:32 | Sep 18th, 2017

This week we look at war against Indians, the tale of Blackbeard, and we introduce Benjamin Franklin into the narrative.

Episode 80 - Spotswood

16:16 | Sep 4th, 2017

This week we go back to Virginia and cover the arrival of Governor Alexander Spotswood.

Episode 79 - The Glorious Revolution

17:09 | Aug 26th, 2017

This week we cover a lot of events, getting into the Glorious Revolution, the Nine Years War, and the War of the Spanish Succession.

Episode 78 - God Save the King (Unless He's Catholic)

16:15 | Aug 8th, 2017

This week we continue our look towards what was happening in England. We finish looking at Charles II, before covering James II and getting into the Glorious Revolution.

Episode 77 - The Yellow Umbrella

16:59 | Jun 27th, 2017

This week we head over to England. We need to understand what has been happening there, and just how the Glorious Revolution came about. We start this by covering the restoration, the foundation of the Whigs and Tories, and the events of the 1660s.

Episode 76 - Can We Get Back to Politics? Please?

17:17 | Jun 12th, 2017

This week we return to the main narrative. We look at what happened in Virginia after Bacon's rebellion, the tobacco markets, and found Williamsburg.

Episode 75 - Native Americans 15: The Rockies and California

20:27 | May 29th, 2017

This week we finish our Native American series by looking at the mountains, and finally California.

Episode 74 - Native Americans 14: The Plains

17:46 | May 15th, 2017

This week we look at the centre of the United States, the Great Plains.

Episode 73 - Native Americans 13: Southeast

13:29 | May 4th, 2017

This week we move down the Atlantic seaboard to look at the Creeks, Cherokees, and other tribes of the southeast.

Episode 72 - Native Americans 12: Northeast Woodlands Part 3

13:32 | Apr 18th, 2017

This week we continue looking at the Northeast, with particular focus given to the Iroquois.

Episode 71 - Native Americans 11: Northeast Woodlands Part 2

16:17 | Apr 3rd, 2017

This week we continue looking at the Northeast. This includes an overview of Hopewellian culture and giant beavers.

Episode 70 - Native Americans 10: Northeast Woodlands

15:43 | Mar 21st, 2017

This week we look to the East. We go through all the tribes of the East, and look a bit at how their culture differed to that of other regions.

Episode 69 - Native Americans 9: Pacific Northwest

14:37 | Mar 7th, 2017

This week we turn to the Pacific Northwest. We examine burning down houses and totem poles.

Episode 68 - Native Americans 8: Subarctic

15:50 | Feb 19th, 2017

This week we turn southwards to the Subarctic. We basically cover Canada up to the arrival of the Europeans.

Episode 67 - Native Americans 7: Frozen Planet

16:35 | Feb 7th, 2017

This week we turn to the Arctic! We look at Eskimos, Aleuts, and Alaska. In addition, we talk about dad jokes, David Attenborough, Planet Earth II, Hamilton, and why my best friend is amazing.

Episode 66 - Native Americans 6: The Southwest 2

13:40 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week we continue looking at the Southwest, and take it up to European contact.

Episode 65 - Native Americans 5: The Southwest

17:35 | Jan 9th, 2017

This week we turn towards the southwest. I try and pronounce some tribe names, and we explore how maize entered the region.

Episode 64 - Native Americans 4: After the Ice Age

18:14 | Dec 27th, 2016

This week we look at life in North America in the aftermath of the Ice Age, looking at the three major zones of Archaic Culture, the East, the Plains, and the West.

Episode 63 - Native Americans 3: Ice Age

16:36 | Dec 11th, 2016

This week we resume the main narrative and by looking at the first Americans, and how they lived during the close of the last Ice Age.

Episode 62 - Native Americans 2: Myths, Legends, and Folktales

19:45 | Nov 28th, 2016

This week we begin the serious study of the Native American peoples. We talk about how we are going to cover them, and about how to fairly assign weight between Euroamerican history and native traditions.

Episode 61 - Native Americans 1: Mother

18:32 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week we begin season 2. We start our coverage of Native Americans by going back 70,000 years to Africa to look at the human migration from Africa to North America, before looking at the geography of the North American continent. This takes us ba...Show More

Episode 60 - There's Something About Maryland

12:45 | Nov 14th, 2016

This week we conclude season one of the podcast by looking at Maryland, the Catholic colony.

Episode 59 - Establishing the Proprietary

15:47 | Oct 31st, 2016

This week we look at how the colony of Carolina began to take shape, and how it seemed destined to split into two.

Episode 58 - Carolina in my Mind

16:19 | Oct 17th, 2016

This week we look at early attempts to settle Carolina with French Huguenots, which naturally brings us to a discussion of the West Wing and religious toleration in the 1780s.

Episode 57 - Roanoke

18:47 | Oct 4th, 2016

This week we return to the south and cover the early history of Carolina, the Roanoke colony, and Elizabethan imperialism.

Episode 56 - King Philip's War

20:25 | Sep 19th, 2016

This week the English colonies fight King Philip in a fight for their very survival. The conclusion to our introduction to New England.

Episode 55 - The Anglo-Dutch Wars Part III: Revenge of the Dutch

15:12 | Sep 5th, 2016

This week the English and Dutch go to war again and the Dutch make a last attempt to retake New York.

Episode 54 - New York Divided

17:10 | Aug 22nd, 2016

This week we turn back towards New York and its annexation by England from the Dutch. We look at the creation of the colonies of New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware and Vermont.

Episode 53 - Law and Disorder: Rhode Island

16:58 | Aug 8th, 2016

This week we look at how Rhode Island fell into anarchy and chaos during the 1650s.

Membership Episode 5 - The Great Expansion Part 1

13:54 | Aug 1st, 2016

This week we look at the aftermath of the great famine and how that affected Aztec culture, we then look at the first two campaigns of the Great Expansion.

Episode 52 - Law and Order: Rhode Island

17:29 | Jul 25th, 2016

This week we look at the legal aspects of setting up the Rhode Island colony.

Episode 51 - Theologycast 3

22:20 | Jul 11th, 2016

This week we look at more religious developments in Puritanism in Rhode Island as Quakerism and Baptism become forces in the colony.

Episode 50 - Theologycast 2

16:01 | Jun 27th, 2016

This week we look at the religious developments in Puritanism going on in Rhode Island in the 1630s and 1640s.

Membership Episode 4 - War of Flowers

16:59 | Jun 20th, 2016

This week we take things from 1440 to 1455. We look at the beginnings of Moctezuma's war against the Chalca, the War of Flowers, the great famine, human sacrifice and Aztec views on the afterlife.

Episode 49 - Tribal Diplomacy

15:45 | Jun 13th, 2016

This week we look back to Rhode Island and recount the circumstances surrounding its foundation.

Episode 48 - Nullification

17:06 | Jun 6th, 2016

This week we take the United Colonies of New England into the 1660s.

Episode 47 - The First Union

15:40 | May 30th, 2016

This week the United Colonies of New England face tests both internally and externally. They must face off the Indians, the Dutch, and each other.

Episode 46 - New England Confederation

16:29 | May 23rd, 2016

This week we return to Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Haven to see them, along with Plymouth, form the first American federal institution, the United Colonies of New England.

Membership Episode 3 - The Aztec Triple Alliance

15:54 | May 9th, 2016

This week we take things from 1428 to 1440. We look at the reign and conquests of Itzcoatl, the nature of the Triple Alliance, the ascension of Moctezuma, geography and the difficulties of our sources.

Episode 45 - Chapter 4

14:38 | May 9th, 2016

This week we begin the fourth chunk of narrative as we turn back to Plymouth, and examine how it became the Plymouth Republic over the 1630s.

Membership Episode 2 - The Rise of the Aztecs

17:40 | May 7th, 2016

Having set up Mesoamerican civilisation last time out, we delve into early Aztec history. We chart their travels and rise from 1111 to 1428.

Membership Episode 1 - Aztec 101

18:16 | May 4th, 2016

We have an overview of Mesoamerican history prior to the Aztecs. We also have an exploration of how information is preserved and delve into cyclical time.

6th Anniversary Special - Oliver Cromwell

08:11 | May 2nd, 2016

Today marks the 6th anniversary of May 2nd 2010, the day I released my first ever podcast! So, to celebrate, here is a short bonus episode about Oliver Cromwell. It's a strange one, but I hope you enjoy. But wait! That's not all! To celebrate six yea...Show More

Episode 44 - The Anglo-Dutch Wars Part 2 - Attack of the Spices

17:11 | Apr 25th, 2016

This week we turn to Indonesia to examine how and why New York was traded for a spice island.

Episode 43 - The Anglo-Dutch Wars Part 1 - The Mercantile Menace

16:15 | Apr 18th, 2016

This week we cover the growing tension between the English and Dutch, leading the English to take New Netherland and rename it New York.

Episode 42 - The Godfather

19:47 | Apr 11th, 2016

This week we cover the directorship of Peter Stuyvesant, the Godfather of New Netherland.

Episode 41 - The Last Days of New Netherland

15:55 | Apr 4th, 2016

This week we really begin to get into the problems afflicting New Netherland, and the disastrous directorship of Kieft.

Episode 40 - Dutch Conquests

15:55 | Mar 28th, 2016

This week we cover the fall of New Sweden as the Swedes provoked the Dutch, leading to an invasion. We then double back to begin going through the history of New Netherland in more detail.

Episode 39 - Swedes on the Delaware

17:42 | Mar 22nd, 2016

This week we cover the history of New Sweden.

Episode 38 - The New Sweden Company

19:17 | Mar 14th, 2016

This week we cover some of the history of New Netherland, but it is quite impossible to talk about New Netherland without talking about New Sweden. Therefore, what we do today is go back to Europe so we can figure out why the Swedes thought founding ...Show More

Episode 37 - New Netherland

17:05 | Mar 7th, 2016

This week we cover the exploration of the Hudson River, the founding of New Netherland, Fort Orange (Albany) and New Amsterdam (New York City).

Episode 36 - The Dutch

19:40 | Feb 28th, 2016

This week we begin Chapter 3 of A History of the United States by getting very off topic. We don't talk about America at all, and instead focus on the Dutch in preparation for setting up New Netherland and Delaware.

Episode 35 - Straight Outta Connecticut

19:23 | Feb 22nd, 2016

This week we found Connecticut. We also turn Providence Plantation into the Colony of Rhode Island, and look at badass theologian Anne Hutchinson who was kicked out of Massachusetts for speaking her mind.

Episode 34 - The Founding of Rhode Island

18:51 | Feb 15th, 2016

This week we look at the founding of Rhode Island, and its founder, Roger Williams.

Episode 33 - The Massachusetts Life

14:33 | Feb 8th, 2016

This week we look at the early social and economic history of Massachusetts.

Episode 32 - The Fusion of Church and State

19:55 | Feb 1st, 2016

This week we look at the first few years of Massachusetts colony, which greatly contrasts to Plymouth. It is very oligarchic, had has something of a fusion of church and state.

Episode 31 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony

17:12 | Jan 29th, 2016

This week we found the colony of Massachusetts, in addition to the provinces of Maine and New Hampshire. It's a busy episode!

Episode 30 - Mount Merry

15:46 | Jan 26th, 2016

This week the Pilgrims deal with Dutch traders, Allerton has business in London, and Standish goes off to save New England from a bunch of drunks.

Episode 29 - The Many Adventures of Standish the Pilgrim

17:09 | Jan 23rd, 2016

This week we watch the Pilgrims try to free themselves from the control of London as we move the narrative into 1627. We also include a brief history of plague.

Episode 28 - Letters from a Small Island Part 2

18:17 | Jan 20th, 2016

This week we carry on looking at the arrival of the Charity, exploring the conspiracy of Oldham and Lyford.

Episode 27 - Letters from a Small Island Part 1

14:28 | Jan 14th, 2016

This week Gorges arrives in New England to refound Wessagusset, this time as Weymouth. We also cover developments back in London with the merchants and the rise to power of James Sherley. We also answer a listener question about Jamestown.

Episode 26 - Alone Again, Naturally

19:09 | Jan 11th, 2016

This week the Pilgrims go on the attack. We also talk about fishing contracts and the history of lobsters.

Episode 25 - Winslow M.D.

17:42 | Jan 8th, 2016

This week we get very medical, and a conspiracy is unearthed.

Episode 24 - A Tale of Two Colonies

20:08 | Jan 4th, 2016

This week the narrative speeds up and we cover most of 1621. We look at an expedition to speak with Massasoit, fertiliser, and the first thanksgiving.

Episode 23 - The First Thanksgiving

15:52 | Dec 31st, 2015

This week the narrative speeds up and we cover most of 1621. We look at an expedition to speak with Massasoit, fertiliser, and the first thanksgiving.


14:59 | Dec 28th, 2015

This week we finally make some progress in New England. The Pilgrims make it through their first winter and make first contact with the Native Americans of the region.

Episode 21 - Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff

17:35 | Dec 24th, 2015

This week, in a particularly unfocused episode, we move the narrative forward 15 days. In addition we also describe the legal situation of settlement in New England in 1620, have an overview of the Julian calendar, and I explain how to thatch a roof.

Episode 20 - The Voyage of the Mayflower

19:04 | Dec 20th, 2015

This week we take the Pilgrims across the Atlantic to Plymouth. Along the way we look at duels on the Mayflower, the Mayflower Compact, how much the Pilgrims hated Cape Cod, and terminology.

Episode 19 - The Pilgrim Fathers

16:41 | Dec 14th, 2015

This week we take the Separatists through their time in Holland to their decision to sail to the New World in the Mayflower.

Episode 18 - Theologycast: The Reformation and the Puritans

17:35 | Dec 10th, 2015

This week we begin chapter 2 of the podcast, New England. But in order to do this we go back and cover the reformation and the origins of Puritans, we also take the Separatists over to the Netherlands in 1607.

Episode 17 - A History of the Decline and Fall of General Bacon

14:26 | Dec 5th, 2015

This week Bacon's Rebellion falls apart, royal order is imposed and Virginia does not become independent.

Episode 16 - Bacon Begins

17:50 | Dec 1st, 2015

This week Bacon's Rebellion gets underway and makes a bid for independence from England.

Episode 15 - The Thanksgiving Special (Which has Nothing to do with Thanksgiving)

15:56 | Nov 26th, 2015

This week we were supposed to cover thanksgiving, but I screw up the timings so we talk about General Bacon instead.

Episode 14 - Berkeley

20:06 | Nov 23rd, 2015

This week we cover a lot: the 1644 Powhatan Uprising, the governorship of Berkeley, the English Civil War, the Navigation Acts, Mercentilism, the legalisation of slavery, exploration, and we introduce segments.

Episode 13 - The New Aristocracy

18:35 | Nov 20th, 2015

This week we once again break out of the narrative to talk about Virginia's increasing political sophistication across the 1620s and 1630s.

Episode 12 - Powhatan Uprising

17:31 | Nov 18th, 2015

This week we return to the narrative (after a quick word about my MA results). After 8 years of English oppression, the Powhatans have enough and launch a war, meanwhile in London the Virginia Company collapses due to sheer incompetence.

Episode 11 - Introduction to Social History

15:49 | Nov 16th, 2015

This week we delve into social history for the first time this series. As the title suggests, we introduce a few elements which will be important as time develops, such as the introduction of slavery to Virginia and growing inequality. In short, we c...Show More

Episode 10 - The Kidnapping of Pocahontas

21:11 | Nov 12th, 2015

This week the English decide to kidnapping the Powhatan princess, Pocahontas. We also cover the state of the colony in the 1610s, Pocahontas' trip to England in 1616, the early growth of the tobacco industry (tomacco references aplenty) and look at t...Show More

Episode 9 - False Dawn

16:17 | Nov 9th, 2015

This week Jamestown attempts to rebuild itself under the governorship of Lord De La Warr, but things very quickly go horribly wrong. This is Jamestown, after all. Just another false dawn.

Episode 8 - The Starving Time

17:38 | Nov 6th, 2015

This week everything goes wrong. EVERYTHING GOES WRONG. Gates gets lost, hundreds starve to death, and Jamestown is abandoned. It's hard to see how things could be any worse.

Episode 7 - A Fresh Start

17:38 | Nov 3rd, 2015

This week Jamestown enters the Starving Time and in London the Virginia Company decides the colony needs a revolution.

Episode 6 - Aggressive Negotiations

16:05 | Oct 30th, 2015

This week we cover Newport's Second Supply of Jamestown, and English relations with the Powhatans completely breaks down.

Episode 5 - Mr. Smith Goes to Werowocomoco

18:59 | Oct 26th, 2015

This week we follow John Smith's misadventures with the Powhatans, where he travels to their capital at Werowocomoco. We also look at how Jamestown made its way through the winter, Newport's return to the colony, and Smith's exploration missions.

Episode 4 - The One Where Everyone Dies

15:22 | Oct 22nd, 2015

In this week's Friends themed episode Newport sails back to London to report on the foundation of Jamestown, but in Virginia everything starts falling apart. There is an outbreak of Typhoid Fever, everyone starts arguing, and then Smith goes on an ad...Show More

Episode 3 - Jamestown: The Settlement

17:42 | Oct 19th, 2015

Surprise early episode! This week introduce the Native Americans in the region, the Powhatan Confederacy. We look at their leadership, society and culture. We then actually found the Jamestown settlement.

Episode 2 - Jamestown: The Voyage

17:36 | Oct 16th, 2015

This week we begin the real narrative. We look at the foundation of the Virginia Company, the failed settlement of St. George's Fort, North Virginia, and the voyage of the ships which would found Jamestown. Also included are a witty observation by Th...Show More

Episode 1 - The New World

15:20 | Oct 9th, 2015

This week we begin telling the story. We cover the early voyages by the French to the New World, see how New Spain gained control of Florida, and look at why England was so perfectly poised to be the most successful of the colonists. The situation is...Show More

Episode 0 - Pilot

05:11 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Hello and welcome to A History of the United States. This episode gives an introduction to the project and myself.