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(Apologies for the construction noise in the background during the second half of the episode.) Now that a majority of Americans have been vaccinated, things in much of the United States have begun to return to "normal." Frank and David discuss what returning to normal means and if "normalcy" is actually a word. Last Drops Frank: latest season of S…
 
In more than 20 states, Republican AGs and legislators have taken steps to prohibit "Critical Race Theory". Frank and David discuss what CRT actually is, what some conservative pundits claim it is, and what this moment says about the state of American politics and education. Last Drops Frank: Revolution 250 podcast David: Alamo relics and Flamin' H…
 
The recently announced GOP America First Caucus says it's intent on defending "Anglo-Saxon political traditions." Frank and David discuss the use of "Anglo-Saxon" in American history, including why Thomas Jefferson tried to learn the language, its use in eugenics, and more recently. Last Drops Frank: Julie Flavell's new book on the Howe Dynasty Dav…
 
President Biden has proposed a massive 2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill that promises the most significant investment since FDR's New Deal and Eisenhower's Interstate Highway system. Frank and David discuss the bill and its historical antecedents. Last Drops Frank: Kenneth Roberts' novels David: Kevin Waite article on the Klan in the West…
 
The past year has witnessed a dramatic upsurge in violence targeting Asian Americans. Frank and David talk about its history to put the current moment into context. Last Drops Frank: Rob Dunbar's talk on Scottish Gaelic and American (for Tartan Week) David: History of the bathroom scaleBy David Silkenat and Frank Cogliano
 
News broke this week of a clandestine meeting between President Biden and a number of prominent historians. Frank and David discuss the meeting and how presidents have consulted with historians. Last Drops Frank: Michael Connelly's Murder Book podcast David: Katherine Jewell's Liner Notes podcastBy David Silkenat and Frank Cogliano
 
Last week, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that no new members would be joining this year. Frank and David talk about the history of the Hall of Fame, including some controversial selections and exclusions. Last Drops Frank: William Hogeland article in the New Republic and Alexis Coe on Hamilton and slavery David: Kidada Williams' Seizing Freed…
 
Some Congressional Republicans have promised to object to the upcoming counting of Electoral College ballots, demanding a special commission to investigate election fraud, citing the 1877 Electoral Commission as a precedent. Some pundits have called this action part of a coup to overturn the election results. Frank and David discuss all this, looki…
 
Since the summer, President Trump and AG Barr have overseen a significant reintroduction of the federal death penalty, which has been largely dormant for years. Frank and David discuss the history of capital punishment and how this recent flurry of executions fits into it. Last Drops Frank: RIP Pawtucket Red Sox David: renaming of Cleveland MLB tea…
 
Earlier this week, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) proclaimed that the United States was a "republic, not a democracy," which has become something a mantra among conservatives. Frank and David talk about the origins of this phrase, what the words "republic" and "democracy" meant to the founding generation, and what its popularity today says about modern co…
 
Inspired by a recent Joanne Freemen article in the Atlantic, Frank and David take a step back to look at the panoply of political and cultural crises Americans face and what historians can say about the present. Last Drops Frank: new book by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones David: WP article on Civil War forts in DC and NYT piece by Martha Jones about her gra…
 
Summer in an election year usually means it's time for party nominating conventions, but COVID-19 has caused both the DNC and RNC to delay and modify their 2020 conventions. Frank and David talk about the history of party conventions, how they've changed over time, and what the future might hold. Last Drops Frank: It Was Simple podcast David: new d…
 
Frank and David discuss Daniel Feller's controversial SHEAR (Society for Historians of the Early American Republic) plenary session on the parallels between Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson. They examine the content of Feller's printed and spoken paper, the composition of the panel, the problems with the Q&A, and what this says about the future of S…
 
Last 4th of July weekend, Americans seemed to either be watching Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore or watching Hamilton on DisneyPlus. Frank and David discuss different versions of American nationalism and how historians have dealt with nationalism, including some discussion of Jill Lepore's article in Foreign Affairs. (Full disclosure: we were both…
 
Picking up on some of the themes from our last episode (with the brilliant Hilary Green), Frank and David discuss how the monument debate has extended beyond Columbus and the Confederacy, including: Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC The Emancipation Memorial The Shaw Memorial Jackson in Lafayette Park Grant, Key, a…
 
Frank and David are joined by Hilary Green, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, to discuss the recent removal of Confederate monuments and her work to educate people about the legacies of slavery and the Confederacy on campus. We also discuss how the BLM protests have challenged the monumental landscape around the world, including in …
 
A recent Supreme Court case and a confrontation between the South Dakota governor and Cheyenne River and Oglala River Sioux over corona virus checkpoints has put questions of tribal sovereignty into the headlines. Frank and David discuss the complicated history of the relationship between the federal government, state governments, and Native Americ…
 
The Covid-19 crisis has revealed profound tensions between the federal and state governments over who has authority to direct the response to the crisis and set the timetable for reopening the country. Frank and David talk about how federalism has shaped American history and how similar fights have played out in the past. Last Drops Frank: Serena Z…
 
With more than 30 million Americans filing for unemployment over the past 6 weeks, the United States faces unemployment levels not seen since the Great Depression. Frank and David talk about the history of unemployment in the US, seeing what (if any) lessons can be learned. Last Drops Frank: Virtual tours and talks from Doug Bradburn at Mount Verno…
 
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