S1E15 - The Yankee Diaspora: Keystone of Perpetuity

S1E15 - The Yankee Diaspora: Keystone of Perpetuity

Brian & Lyman balance out last episode's discussion of "Little Egypt" with a look at the early settlement of Chicago. Appropriately, the Windy City, even before its founding, was seen as a sort of balance to southern Illinois. Listen for talk of voter fraud, onions, civil unrest, beer, nativism, and a tease of a forthcoming James Wilkinson story.

S1E14 - The Yankee Diaspora: Land Before Lincoln

S1E14 - The Yankee Diaspora: Land Before Lincoln

Illinois's early history in the United States is one without the typical urban touchstone of Chicago. In this episode, Brian & Lyman discusses downstate Illinois, "Little Egypt," and the politically volatile mixing of Yankees and Upland Southerners that lead to yet another interesting clash over the fate of slavery in the Northwest Territory.

S1E13 - The Yankee Diaspora: Vandals of the Midwest

S1E13 - The Yankee Diaspora: Vandals of the Midwest

Brian & Lyman continue discussing the early settlement of Indiana by a curious mix of yankees and southerners. In this episode, learn about Indiana's unfortunate history with infrastructure projects, how Indiana narrowly avoided becoming a slave state, and how Indiana nearly had a significantly more awesome name.

Oh, and I believe we're done with the incessant Hoosier slander. For now.

S1E12 - The Yankee Diaspora: The South Goes North

S1E12 - The Yankee Diaspora: The South Goes North

We're back!
Brian & Lyman go where no Kentuckians dare venture alone: Indiana. Where did Hoosiers come from, and what traits have historically characterized them? Learn about Hoosier demography, Native American land-sale treaties, and Brian's short rant on America's Ninth President!

Season 1, Episode 11 - The Yankee Diaspora: The North-Mid-Old-West

Season 1, Episode 11 - The Yankee Diaspora: The North-Mid-Old-West

Beginning in the late 1780s, Yankees really start breaking into relatively new lands. West of the original 13 states and north of the Ohio River laid the newly-established Northwest Territory, consisting basically of every western state that touches a Great Lake.

Up first on this trek: Ohio

Season 1, Episode 10 - The Yankee Diaspora: Battle of the Waterspouts

Season 1, Episode 10 - The Yankee Diaspora: Battle of the Waterspouts

It's time to settle the Midwest! But first, a return to Brian's favorite characters: the sleigh-riding Yankees of upstate New York! Brian & Lyman discuss Albany, NY and the culture clash that occurred when New Englanders arrived in the prominently Dutch town. Also, hear about how religious fervor and urban fire changed the local culture.

Season 1, Episode 9 - Enslaved Migration Recap

Season 1, Episode 9 - Enslaved Migration Recap

Having now covered roughly 200 years of enslaved migration in the United States, Brian & Lyman ask each other what it all means. In what ways does the modern U.S. reflect this troubled past? What effect has enslaved migration had on America's sense of self? How did a misguided attempt at helping freed American slaves leave a lasting impression on a totally different continent? Is the lesson to be learned from the horrors of slavery that America is evil? Or is there perhaps a sliver of hope to be found at the end of it all?

Season 1, Episode 8 - Enslaved Migration, Part Five

Season 1, Episode 8 - Enslaved Migration, Part Five

Free at last! In this episode, Brian & Lyman discuss the final push of slavery into Texas and the American West, Bleeding Kansas, and the moment we've all been waiting for: emancipation. Also, listen to the end for a little-known story about the true end of slavery in the United States (Hint: It's significantly after 1865).