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In this episode, Anne Marie talks to professor of history and author Robert McElvaine about his latest book, The Times They Were a-Changin': 1964, the Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn. 1964 is when the sixties truly arrived, from JFK’s assassination in November 1963 It was then that the United States began a radical shift toward a much more inclusive definition of “American,” with a greater degree of equality and a government actively involved in social and economic improvement. It was a radical shift accompanied by a cultural revolution. The same month Bob Dylan released his iconic ballad “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” in January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty. McCelvaine uncovers 1964’s moment of reckoning, when American identity began to be reimagined, tying those past battles to their legacy today. Throughout, he captures the changing consciousness of the period through its vibrant music, film, literature, and personalities.McCelvaine is the Elizabeth Chisholm Distinguished Professor of Arts & Letters and Professor of History at Millsaps College. He is the author of seven books, including The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941 and Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes, and the Course of History, and is the editor of three. Among his many honors are the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and the B. L. C. Wailes Award for national distinction in the field of history. He has served as a historical consultant for several television programs, including the PBS series The Great Depression, and has written more than one hundred articles and opinion pieces in such national publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the Nation, and Newsweek and has been a guest on about the same number of television and radio programs. He lives in Clinton, Mississippi.Author Website: & Schuster author page: & Schuster book page: link: Tree: Follow us on Social Media:Instagram: @armchairhistoriansTwitter: @ArmchairHistor1Facebook: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
In this episode, the third in our Mudlark Series, Anne Marie interviews Jason Sandy, co-author of Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures. Jason shares his River Thames journey and talks about the river's history and the fellowship he has found within the mudlark community.Jason Sandy is an American architect and property developer in London. He is a member of the exclusive Society of Thames Mudlarks. Jason’s mudlarking adventures have been featured on national television in Britain, Germany, and Canada. He has written extensively about mudlarking for magazines in Britain and USA. His mudlarking collection has been exhibited in the British Museum, Tate Modern, and other cultural institutions. Jason also lectures about mudlarking in schools, universities, and organizations. For regular posts, follow him on Instagram @jasonmudlark.ResourcesInstagram: @jasonmudlark Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London's Lost Treasures, Amazon: Museum. website: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
In this episode, the second in our Mudlark series, Anne Marie talks to Mudlark Lynn Pew. Lynn mudlarks along the River Irwell in Lancashire, England, where she scours its banks for beautiful pieces of broken pottery, little pieces of history tumbled by the river for over 100 years. Lynn tells us about the river's history and where many of the pieces she finds originated.Lynn is fascinated with how these tiny fragments made their way into the river and the journey they have been on. Cracked and faded, their edges are worn smooth from their watery passage, a mere remnant of what once was. Who last held them in their former, utilitarian life before she plucked them from the banks of the river.Years after she began collecting these lovely miniature pieces of history, she incorporated them into handcrafted one-of-a-kind mosaic works of art, which she entered and won a place in Country Living Magazine's 'Kitchen Table Talent' competition. Resources:The Mudlark Website: Instagram, Alice and the Mudlark: @alice_and_the_mudlarkLancashire Past Website, Grants Tower, Ramsbottom, BuryRamsbottom, Wikipedia: Irwell, Wikipedia: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
In this special episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie is joined by her great-nephew and co-host Finley. We talk to YouTube sensation Simon Bourne of Si Finds about one of our favorite hobbies, treasure hunting and specifically mudlarking. Since the beginning, the River Thames which flows from the Cotswolds, through the heart of London, and into the North Sea has been a place where people from all over the world and throughout time have crossed, sailed, and walked along. It is a tidal river that rises and recedes with the tide of the North Sea. It's at low tide when mudlarks come out and peruse the Thame's foreshore for treasure, pieces of history. Its history stretches back to over 30 million years ago when the river was once a tributary of the River Rhine because Britain was not an island. Mudlarks have been known to find Roman coins, 400-year-old clay pipes, Tudor pottery, and the list goes on. Simon is a Society of Thames foreshore permit holder which means he is an advanced mudlarker known for his historically relevant foreshore finds. This designation also gives him access to otherwise restricted areas of the River Thames. Simon takes us on his adventures along the foreshore and other historic places through his YouTube channel, Si-Finds, teaching us about history through his finds.Resources:Si-Finds, YouTube:, Wikipedia: of London Authority, Foreshore Permits: Simon returns Nathan Posener’s RFC dogtag he found in Thames ,East London Advertiser: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
Today’s guest has made it his mission to look at the chroniclers who have shaped our understanding of the past by looking at their personal history and taking into account how their personal story shaped their biases and therefore their interpretation of history. Author Richard Cohen talks to Anne Marie about his new book, Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past. Cohen says “Every author of a work of history is an interpreter, a filter, with his or her own personal input.”He has thoroughly investigated and compared the published works and private utterances of our greatest chroniclers to discover the rivalries, the religious beliefs, the lost loves, and the cultural pressures that informed their (and, subsequently, our) views of the world.Richard Cohen is the author of By the Sword, Chasing the Sun, and How to Write Like Tolstoy. He is the former publishing director of two leading London publishing houses, he has edited books that have won the Pulitzer, Booker, and Whitbread/Costa prizes, while twenty-one have been #1 bestsellers. He has written for most UK quality newspapers as well as for The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.Resources:Mentioned in Interview:Edward Gibbon: Tolstoy: Solzhenitsyn: Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Investigation: Hickling Prescott: Trevor Roper: Knowles: Taylor: Works by Richard Cohen:Making History, Simon & Schuster: the Sun, Book Browse Summary: to Write Like Tolstoy, Kirkus Review: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
Anne Marie and Bob are coming to you from York in the UK. They recount their favorite histories during their week-long stay in this historical cathedral city with Roman origins. York, Wikipedia: Museum, website: Viking Centre, website: City Wall: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
In this episode, we share Anne Marie's appearance spot on Ye Olde Crime Podcast in which podcast host, Lindsey, challenges her to crack the cramp word. Can she do it? Listen to find out!Ye Olde Crime Podcast, website: https://www.yeoldecrimepodcast.comLindsey Valenty appearance on Armchair Historians: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
Anne Marie and Bob are coming to you from Bankside in this first UK mini episode. They recount their favorite history of the day at Borough Market and Mudlarking along the Thames.River Thames: Borough Market: Market, Wikipedia: Permits: Magazine, The Art of Smoking: White, Mudlark, Tideline Art: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show
In this episode, Anne Marie interviews Airforce Veteran and Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle member Nick Brooks. Nick talks about the new documentary Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts and the almost erased history of the first African American Soldiers who earned the nickname "buffalo soldiers" most likely from the Cheyenne people. The name stuck and followed the segregated black military until desegregation in 1947.About the documentary: In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. They came to be known as Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts explores the often-contradictory role played by the Black soldiers throughout American history, emphasizing the settling of the American West and colonialism abroad.Director Dru Holley is a Northwest-based filmmaker, and the documentary features interviews with Quintard Taylor (Ph.D. Historian at UW), Ryan Booth (Ph.D. Candidate, WSU), and members of the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle, among many others. Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts: https://buffalosoldiersmovie.comBuffalo Soldiers of Seattle: https://buffalosoldiersofseattle.comSupport Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
Anne Marie talks to Dr. Rod Tanchanco about his new book, First Patients. This timely narrative looks at how far we’ve come; what we’ve learned from past pandemics and the real-life patient stories behind our most important medical advancements.Often marked by the desperate need to save human lives, important developments in medicine have invariably started with patients—people whose ordeals fostered the advancement of medical knowledge. This book is a collection of such stories, each chapter an enthralling view into the history of medicine, revealing the extent of human inventiveness, resilience, and compassion.Rod Tanchanco is an internist, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, and has three decades of experience. Rod has worked as a primary care physician, hospitalist, research doctor, and medical director for global healthcare organizations. He writes medically-themed non-fiction focused on historical events and their human narratives.ResourcesWebsite: First Patients: Patients, the book: @rodtmdInstagram: @rtanch22Support Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
In this episode, Anne Marie talks to Gregory Smithers about his new book, Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America. Two Spirits is a sweeping history of Indigenous traditions of gender, sexuality, and resistance that reveals how, despite centuries of colonialism, Two-Spirit people are reclaiming their place in Native nations.Gregory Smithers is a professor of American history and Eminent Scholar (2019-2024) in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Davis, and has taught in California, Hawaii, Scotland, and Ohio. Smithers is currently a British Academy Global Professor, based in the Treatied Spaces research cluster at the University of Hull. His research and writing focus on the histories of Indigenous people and African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present. Smithers is particularly interested in the rich history of the Cherokee people, Indigenous history from the Mountain South to California and the Southwest Pacific, and environmental history. His work is devoted to narrating the past in ways that are publicly accessible and connect with issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, and racial and gender equity.Resources Gregory D Smithers: Website: https://www.gregorysmithers.comReclaiming Two Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America: Penguin Random House Twitter: @GD_SmithersFacebook: Gregory SmithersTumbler: Gregory SmithersVCU: Faculty PageBooks: AmazonTwo Spirits, Wikipedia: Burns: May Cameron:'wha: Spirits: In: the show (
In this episode, Anne Marie talks to the co-hosts of Women of Herstory Podcast about the history of body hair (its removal, its inconvenience in battle, designated gender norms on "appropriate" lengths and styles...) so many things to know about body hair! Who knew?Heather Ashley:Born in Japan, raised in Texas, and currently residing in New York, Heather is no stranger to adventure. She is a dancer, singer, actor, activist. She was most recently seen in a site-specific bilingual play in Kagoshima, Japan, and the seasonal tour of the 3 Redneck Tenor's Spec-tac-YULE-ar, as Edna Mae. It is important to Heather to provide a safe space for thought-provoking conversations that can give a greater understanding of the different experiences of the people around us. Joe Ortiz:Born and raised in New York, Joe is a Queens kid through and through.  As an actor, he acquired his B.A. in Theatre at CUNY City College in Manhattan, New York, and performed in a supporting role as "Juan" for the 2017 feature film, "The Devil's Restaurant." He's appeared in marketing campaigns for Bud Light and Dior and has worked on commercials for Samsung, Van Heusen, and Stella Artois.  He is passionate about advocating for positive change in our society. Women of Herstory: website: https://ofherstory.comTwitter: @theherstorypodInstagram: @womenofherstorypodcastHeather Ashley: website: www.heatherashore.comPodcast Episodes Mentioned: Rachel Balkovec: Hitting Coach with the Yankees: Gentileschi: the show (
In this Women's History Month episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to Wendy Rouse about the suffrage movement, specifically about the all but erased queer history of the movement. Wendy Rouse is a historian whose research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality in the Progressive Era. Her most recent book, Public Faces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement (NYU Press), challenges the heteronormative framing of the traditional narrative of the campaign for the vote. Her previous two books explored the history of women and children in the Progressive Era: The Children of Chinatown: Growing up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850 to 1920 (UNC Press) and Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement (NYU Press). Rouse is presently Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University where she teaches LGBTQ+ and women’s history.Resources:Wendy L. Rouse: https://wendylrouse.comSan Jose University: Jawed Angels: Mary Edwards Walker: Dunbar Nelson: AH episode: Dunbar Nelson: Laughlan: Mary Sperry: Faces Secret LIves: A Queer History of the Women's Suffrage Movement: Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement: of Chinatown: Growing up Chinese American in San Francisco, 1850-1920: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
Dana Rubin is single-handedly giving voice to women throughout history. Dana's passion project, Speaking While Female, showcases female speakers across time and around the world, from antiquity to the present. Historically, women have not been silent, but their words have scarcely been noted in the history books. What they said was seldom valued, recorded, or remembered. Donna is a consultant and speaker, committed to women's speech, voice, and thought leadership. She created the Speaking While Female Speech Bank to set the record straight on who actually spoke in history (hint: not just men) and because representation matters. Her credentials are impressive. She's an award-winning journalist who graduated from Yale with honors. She's also a judge for the annual Cicero Speechwriting Awards, which recognizes outstanding contemporary speeches and speechwriters from around the world.Speaking While Female: website: Linkedin: Speaking While Female: @speakingwhilefemaleTwitter: @SpeakingWFemaleLinkedin: Dana Rubin: Kickstarter: Shortridge Foltz: I:                 to Support Armchair Historians:Leave a 5-star review: Apple Podcast:, and Subscribe wherever you listen to your podcastsFollow us on Social MediaBecome a patron:Patreon: us a cup of coffee:Ko-fi: the show (
In this episode, Anne Marie talks to Yeshiva University professor emerita Ellen Schrecker about the history leading up to today's anti-intellectualism.Ellen has been involved with the politics of higher education and academic freedom for decades. According to Ellen, the current right-wing campaign against teaching critical race theory and other so-called “divisive concepts” is by far the most serious threat to academic freedom (as well as K-12 education) the United States has ever experienced. Schrecker’s research and experience enable her to speak about the impact of these issues, as well as explain why today’s anti-intellectualism is more dangerous than that of the McCarthy era. She believes that if the repressive measures now coursing through state legislatures and other political bodies are to be repulsed, the academic community and engaged citizens must offer a stronger response than they have until now. ResourcesWikipedia: Ellen Schrecker: by Ellen Schrecker:No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the UniversitiesMany Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in AmericaThe Lost Soul of Higher Education: CorporatizationAssault on Academic FreedomEnd of the American UniversityThe Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960sPEN America: https://pen.orgHistorians for Peace and Democracy: https://www.historiansforpeace.orgAAUP: American Association of University Professors: https://www.aaup.orgAAPF: The African American Policy Forum: https://www.aapf.orgSupport Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
In this episode of Armchair Historians,  Anne Marie talks to Dr. Tara Green. Dr. Green has recently published not on but two books, See Me Naked and Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. See Me Naked: takes a look at the lives of noted black women, including actress, singer, and activist Lena Horne, stand-up comedian Moms Mabley, teacher and Harlem Rennaisance influencer Yolande DuBois, and blues singer and performer Memphis Minnie, and how, despite their public profiles, discovered ways to enjoy pleasure.Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson: about the love one Black woman had for her race, of men and women, and, finally, of herself. Dr. Green writes that her Black Southern family immersed her in a culture of storytelling as a condition of her birth. She learned about their deliberate embrace of laughter and love as they navigated the everyday challenges of being Black in America. Their gift of cultural practices is her inspiration as a professor, writer, and mentor. Dr. Green also says, her family inspired her to study the lives of Black folks through literature. She began her formal studies at Dillard University.Today she is an African American Studies professor with over 20 years of teaching literature and culture. She is the author and editor of 6 books on the lives and experiences of African Americans in twentieth-century literature and film. Dr. Green is a recognized academic leader who is dedicated to building diverse, respectful, inclusive communities in higher education.Resources:Dr. Tara Green: website: http://www.drtaratgreen.comSee Me naked:, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson: @DrTTGreenInstagram: @tarat.greenLinkedin: Tara T. GreenWays to Support Armchair Historians:Leave a 5-star review: Apple Podcast:, and Subscribe wherever you listen to your podcastsFollow us on Social MediaBecome a patron:Patreon: us a cup of coffee:Ko-fi: the show (
In this episode, Anne Marie interviews memoirist and award-winning poet Jason Sommer. Jason is the author of five poetry collections: most recently, Portulans in the University of Chicago’s Phoenix Poets Series. His two other Phoenix books are Other People’s Troubles, which won the Society of Midland Authors Award and was a finalist for the PEN/USA West Award, and The Man Who Sleeps in My Office, a finalist for Kansas City Star’s William Rockhill Nelson Award.The Laughter of Adam and Eve was published by Southern Illinois University as the winner of the Crab Orchard Review Competition.  Poems from his first collection, Lifting the Stone, from Forest Books, London, have been broadcast on the BBC World Service.Today, however, Jason talks to Anne Marie about his beautifully written new memoir, Shmuel’s Bridge which will be released March 1 of this year, it is currently available for pre-order. Against the backdrop of the Holocaust, Shmuel’s Bridge sees history through a double lens: the memories of a growing son’s complex relationship with his father, and the meditations of that son who, now grown, finds himself caring for a man losing all connection to a past that must not be forgotten. Resources: Jason Sommer: website: https://jasonsommer.comHungary in WWII: Wikipedia: It Matters That Hungary’s Prime Minister Denounced His Country’s Role in the Holocaust: Smithsonian Article: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website: Armchair Historians:Patreon: Podcasts:Civics & CoffeeHorrifying HistoryMystery History PodcastYe Olde Crime Podcast As the Money BurnsJournalism HistoryImpressions of AmericaCanadian History EhxOperation HistoryAchtung! HistoryCare More Be BetterLast Train Leaving BelgiumRandom History of BelgiumHashtag HistorySupport the show (
In this episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to Jeannie Barbour. Jeannie is the Content Producer of the recently released film, Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher starring Martin Sensmeier, Tommy Flanagan, Dermot Mulroney, and Grace Montie. The movie brings to life the true rags to riches story of Montford T. Johnson who built a cattle ranching empire on the Western plains of Indian Territory. It “tells of his time among settlers, cowboys, tribes, military, and bandits. Armed with grit and determination, Montford had the courage that was needed to tame what seemed an infinite wilderness, while always maintaining respect for those who lived there.”Jeannie Barbour received a degree in fine arts from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation, she entered the field of advertising and served as an illustrator and writer for various Oklahoma City public relations firms. In 1987, she decided to pursue a career in tribal government by taking a position at the Chickasaw Nation. During that time, she has served on the Oklahoma Film Commission, the National Trail of Tears advisory board and graduated from the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma program. Jeannie is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute and has completed graduate course work in museum studies and Native American history. She has written for a variety of books and periodicals focused on southeastern tribal history and culture. Her award-winning artwork hangs in public spaces and private collections throughout the United States. Jeannie currently serves as the Creative Director for the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Communications.Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher: Website: http://www.chickasawrancher.comJeannie Barbour Bio: Nation Productions: http://www.chickasawfilms.comChickasaw Nation Website: https://chickasaw.netSupport Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
Anne Marie talks to  American politician, criminal justice professor and author of the first red flag gun law in the nation, Mike Lawlor about the Sandy Hook Shooting and the history of gun legislation.Trigger warning. We talk about gun violence and mass shootings in this episode.This episode is being released on the 9-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Resources: Mike Lawlor Wikipedia: of New Haven: @MikeLawlorArticle in New Haven Register: the State: WFSB 3: Gun Law: What goes into effect and when: WTNH News8: Hook ShootingWikipedia: Interview: Mother of Sandy Hook victim talks path forward after school shootings: Take Action:Sandy Hook Promise: https://www.sandyhookpromise.orgBackground Checks: Hook Promise Learning Center: Coffee to Mourners: Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
In this episode of Armchair Historians, Anne Marie talks to Kevin Kuharic about his recently published book, A Clutter of Patchwork Squares: A Chronicle of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery.For those of you who have been following us from the beginning, you may remember that my first episode was a three-part series in which Mr. Kuharic shared the history of famous hotelier and French chef of the Rockies, Louis Dupuy.A Clutter of Patchwork Squares, which is rising quickly up the Amazon chart for 20th Century American History, is a groundbreaking historical account and reference. Kuharic has literally spent years researching and writing about one of the most popular and largest cemeteries in Atlanta Georgia, we are talking footnotes and everything. Mr. Kuharic serves as executive director of Hotel de Paris Museum, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and member of Great American Treasures. He has appeared in documentaries, on public television series, and contributed to the books James Novelli: A Forgotten Sculptor, Building Metropolitan Atlanta: Past, Present & Future, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide, and Cultural Heritage Tourism: Five Steps for Success and Sustainability.  His historic preservation work at Oakland cemetery spanned three decades and was recognized by four mayors of the City of Atlanta.A Clutter of Patchwork Squares: Facebook Page On Amazon: Hotel de Paris Museum: Oakland Cemetery: Support Armchair Historians:Patreon: the show (
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