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Make America Young Again

featuring Anthony Comegna on Mar 6, 2018

The Young Americans were New York’s next generation of artists, intellectuals, and activists; many of whom were inspired by the Loco-Foco movement.

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Rumps and Buffaloes

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 27, 2018

By the Fall of 1837, both Tammany Hall Democrats and the Locofocos loved Van Buren’s administration so a reunion was now a real possibility.

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Candlelight Conspiracy

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 20, 2018

During a state convention in Utica on September 1836, 93 delegates unanimously adopted a resolution to officially establish the Equal Rights Party.

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What’s a Loco-Foco?

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 13, 2018

America’s first identifiably libertarian political movement began as a conspiracy to conquer Tammany Hall.

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The Age of William Leggett Part 2

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 6, 2018

William Leggett’s antislavery wasn’t just spontaneous. His editorial career was spent teasing out the finer points of libertarian theory.

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The Age of William Leggett Part 1

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 30, 2018

William Leggett was the man who created the first identifiably libertarian movement in American history.

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Everything is Freemasons!

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 23, 2018

William Morgan was about to publish the Freemasons’ tightly controlled secrets. Morgan planned to expose the powers conferred by initiation.

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The Whigs

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 16, 2018

Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.

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The Jacksonians

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 9, 2018

The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.

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Enlightenment and Revolution

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 2, 2018

Joel Mokyr argues that the elite stood on the shoulders of craftsmen to bring us into the age of Enlightenment.

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The Era of Nasty Dealings

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 26, 2017

Historians call 1816-1824 the “Era of Good Feelings” because there were no real party organizations.

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The Christmas Conspiracy

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 19, 2017

There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.

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Individualism vs The Market Revolution

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 12, 2017

The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.

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Anarchiad! - Politics in the Early Republic

featuring Anthony Comegna on Nov 28, 2017

This First Patriot Coalition helped win the war, but the Second, a far more aristocratical, power-friendly coalition was already busy about its work.