Happy Halloween from Liberty Chronicles! We’re celebrating Reformation Day and replaying one of our favorite episodes on the Salem Witch Trials.
Sheldon Richman has been a staple of modern libertarianism. His work builds on an argument that politicians do not build societies.
For every successful revolution there are maybe dozens that fail. For every 1776 there is a 1741.
We’re inclined to look at 18th-century America and see the grand legacy of freedoms won, but what about the freedoms we lost?
The liberal imagination is pleased by multicultural societies like Mauritius but its culture was built with violent sacrifice.
The New Orleans society we love so much today emerged out of separation, not peaceful coexistence.
Spanish America was part of an empire in name. Missionaries expanded the frontier zone, but they never really controlled it.
The slaves shipped to British North America were predominantly identified as Igbos from interior West Africa. Their stories deserve to be remembered.
Are all human beings merely economic maximizers? Can all human actions really be explained in terms of profit, loss, and calculation?
John Gow harbored a deep resentment of the elite. Gow wanted to turn pirate from the start; he only awaited the right opportunity.
By the 1720s, the Americas’ radicals existed adrift at sea; stateless people who turned their very existence into an act of rebellion.
Neil Howe joins us to talk cycles, generations, and the myth-making business of history.
In the 18th century, many Europeans entered the colonies as indentured servants. Conditions were improving, but autonomy was a rare commodity.
In the late 1600s, Puritans saw Satan and his minions behind every tree; the world still abounded with spirits endless signs of Satan’s battle against God.
The Pequot War was devastating. Puritan armies destroyed Indian villages and all but exterminated the Pequots and the colonists seized native lands.
Bacon’s Rebellion was a bizarre and violent event with few truly heroic figures on either side.
Radical individualism reshaped minds across the Atlantic zone. More people than ever began to think, We don’t have to live this way.
We shift from gold-hungry Virginia to pious Puritan New England, exploring the role of religious conflict in early colonial life.