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Ep. 49: The Clambakarians

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 10, 2018

In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.

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Ep. 48: Civil War in New England!

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 3, 2018

On May 19, 1842, Thomas W. Dorr dressed up like Napoleon and ordered his makeshift little army to storm the Providence state arsenal.

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Ep. 47: The People’s Governor

featuring Anthony Comegna on Mar 27, 2018

“Nowhere in the world have life, LIBERTY, and property been safer than in Rhode Island.”

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Ep. 45: The Canada Conspiracy

featuring Anthony Comegna on Mar 13, 2018

Abram D. Smith is a forgotten figure in American history. But in September 1838, a circle of revolutionaries elected him to be President of Canada.

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Ep. 44: 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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Ep. 43: 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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Ep. 42: 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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Ep. 41: 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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Ep. 40: 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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Ep. 39: 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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Ep. 38: 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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Ep. 37: 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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Ep. 36: 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.