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History Briefs

Author: Brad Shreve

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History Briefs brings you bits of history presented in 20 minutes or less. Sometimes fascinating. Sometimes surprising. Sometimes silly. You never know what you're going to get, but you do know it will be brief. Hosted by Brad Shreve
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Ep: 060  Alfred Nobel's life up until he became a young adult is a rag to riches, to rag, to riches story.  That rollercoaster ended when he invented dynamite in 1866 and he became one of the wealthiest men of his time. Why was Nobel almost obsessed to create dynamite?  Hear Alfred's story up to and after his death when the Nobel Prize was created. The Nobel Prize WebsiteHistory Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterHelp Support History Briefs by Donating and Buy Me a Cup of Coffee.
Ep: 005 In 1850, a California Gold Rush boom town, angered by tighting government controls from the new state, and a tax imposed on miners, wrote a formal declaration secceeding from the union and founded The Great Republic of California. The story has been reported numerous times on radio, television, newspaper, and magazine articles, and has even been portrayed on a TV series. But, how much of the story is true?Historical researcher Maria Brower's Amazon page.The Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce WebsiteReal bad television. The 1958 Rough and Ready episode of Death Valley Days on YouTube.History Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterHelp Support History Briefs by Donating and Buy Me a Cup of Coffee.
Ep: 004 In 1883 a devastating tornado hit Rochester, Minnesota  united a Franciscan school administrator and an agnostic doctor. The hard work of the sisters who worked as teachers at the school gave William Worrall Mayo no choice but to take over a small 12 bedroom hospital they built. This is their story.You can learn more about the Mayo Clinic on their websites:Mayo Clinic History TimelineVideo: A Leap of Faith - The Founding of St. Mary's HospitalVideo: My Brother and I: The Founding of Mayo Clinic History Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterKeep History Briefs Going by Donating to Buy Me a Coffee
Ep: 003  In WWII, After the Doolittle Raid Over Tokyo, The Japanese Planned a Unique Way to Get Even.  The Fu-Go ProjectMore information Can Be Found At japaneseballoonbombs.comHistory Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterKeep History Briefs Going by Donating to Buy Me a Coffee
Ep: 002 The Combat Zone, Boston's adult entertainment district, was given its moniker by the Boston Daily Record. "An adult Disneyland" is how it was described by the Wall Street Journal. In this episode you'll learn how an elegant neighborhood near a shopping district called Scollay Square turned into one of the most popular districts of the city, with burlesque shows and vaudeville acts.  While scandalous at the time, they were nothing compared to the strip shoes, adult bookstores, peep shows, and pornographic movie theaters that popped up in the Combat Zone as Scollay Square was coming down.  And it all happened with the support of the leaders of the city of Boston.Anthony Sammarco joins Brad and shares a seedy side of Boston many citizens wish to forget.You can get "The Other Red Line, Washington Street from Scollay Square to the Combat Zone" and many of his other books about the Boston area on his Amazon Author Page.  History Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterKeep History Briefs Going by Donating to Buy Me a Coffee
Ep: 001 Following the Civil War after the Reconstruction era, many former slaves had grown disillusioned over integration and decided their only hope for freedom was to establish their own communities. In 1879, 15,000 African-American's moved to Kansas within one month based on a rumor the government was giving free land to former slaves. This is the story of Nicodemus, Kansas, the first all black town West of the Mississippi and the only one remaining. Angela Bates, the founder and executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society joins me to tell their story. Nicodemus Kansas Historical Society WebsiteNicodemus Kansas Homecoming & Emancipation Celebration WebsiteHistory Briefs Website: historybriefs.comSign up for the History Briefs newsletterKeep History Briefs Going by Donating to Buy Me a Coffee
An Introduction

An Introduction

2021-08-0701:29

History Briefs is coming soon. Bits of history you may know very little bit about or not at all presented each week in 20 minutes or less.  Sometimes dramatic. Sometimes shocking. Sometimes just plain silly.  You never know what you're going to get, but you do know it will be brief.  There are two things you can do before the show even launches. The first is to sign up for our newsletter which highlights episodes and may even tell you an extra thing or two about the subjects. Here's the link to subscribe:  https://tinyurl.com/historybriefsnewsThe other really nice thing you can do is chip in a bit to get the show going. I'll be here no matter what but it's great to have some help with the overhead.Here's the link to donate:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/historybriefs
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