Monthly Archives: February 2011

Who was America’s first black millionairess?


Sarah Breedlove Walker was born in 1867 and grew up in a shack in a Louisiana. She began working as a washerwoman, but continually worked her way up to become the owner of her own manufacturing company. Listen in to … Continue reading

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How the Stono Rebellion Worked


In September of 1739, a slave rebellion shook the foundations of the colony in South Carolina. But how did it happen? Tune in to learn more about the factors leading to the Stono rebellion, as well as its long-term effects.

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Phillip V, Reluctant King


Some historians think Phillip V of Spain was mad, but why? Listen in as Sarah and Deblina recount the strange rule of Phillip V, who abdicated the throne for several months in 1724.

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The Crafts’ Escape to Freedom


When Ellen and her husband William made their escape from a life of slavery in Georgia, they traversed over 1,000 miles to reach freedom. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the astonishing journey of the Craft family. Tune in … Continue reading

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre


During Prohibition, the US was awash in booze-fueled crime. Gangsters feuded savagely to control their turf, especially in Chicago. On Feb. 14th, 1929, these rivalries culminated in one of America’s most notorious unsolved crimes. Tune in to learn more.

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Who was the last French Bourbon?


The story of the House of Bourbon is pretty complicated. Luckily, Deblina and Sarah are here to examine the web of people and events leading to the fall of the House. Tune in and learn more about Henri, comte de … Continue reading

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How Tulip Mania Worked


A funny thing happened to the Dutch during the 17th century: They went nuts for tulips, paying exorbitant amounts for a single bulb. But what exactly triggered this commodity bubble? And what do revisionist historians have to say? Tune in … Continue reading

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