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MakingHistory

By Dan Allosso
Making History is the top-level thing I do, as a historian, teacher, and writer. I create content, based on either original primary research or to present the findings of other historians to my students. This channel will cover several topics (arranged in playlists) such as note-taking, research, and writing tools and techniques, history I'm teaching at Bemidji State University, research and writing projects I'm working on, Open Education techniques and resources I'm creating, and reflections on the ways that history helps us understand our current world.
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MakingKnowledge: Scott Scheper Explains Antinet
I believe Scott said the ANTI in Antinet stands for Alpha-Numeric Tree Index. It seems to me to be a very faithful reproduction of Luhmann's zettelkasten system, but not just for the sake of being faithful. Scott seems to have plugged some of the holes that make it difficult to get info back OUT of a note-taking system, whether it's digital or analog.   Scott's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottscheper
01:28:59
July 16, 2022
Knowlton Biography, Chapter 3
The third chapter of my biography of the famous freethinker, Dr. Charles Knowlton, in which as a teenager he believes he is dying, primarily due to onanism. 
20:14
May 01, 2022
Knowlton Biography, Chapter 2
The second chapter of my biography of the 19th-century freethinker, Dr. Charles Knowlton. 
09:54
April 30, 2022
My Biography of Dr. Charles Knowlton, part 1
This is an introduction to and a reading of the Preface and first chapter of my 2013 biography of the 19th-century freethinker, Dr. Charles Knowlton. The book is called An Infidel Body-Snatcher and the Fruits of His Philosophy. 
20:57
April 26, 2022
Maps of Content
For my 2022 research and writing, I've decided to finally incorporate Maps of Content. I've also begun turning empty notes that are nodes in the graph into actual notes, so I can better see the connectivity of my ideas.
04:43
January 03, 2022
Dawn of Everything Chapter 4 Notes
My reactions to the fourth chapter of Graeber and Wengrow's recent book, prior to discussing them in the Obsidian Book Club this week.
14:31
December 23, 2021
Dawn of Everything Chapter 3
My "Reading Notes" on the third chapter of The Dawn of Everything, which is called "Unfreezing the Ice Age".
10:51
December 21, 2021
How Can I Believe You?
A quick look at some of the ways authors develop credibility with readers, based on a discussion in the Dawn of Everything Obsidian Book Club yesterday.
10:42
December 18, 2021
Reading in Early America
The discussion of the Enlightenment in the early chapters of Graeber and Wengrow's book reminded me of a book I read in grad school about the wide reading habits of early US citizens, called Reading Becomes a Necessity of Life. Here's my summary of the book.
15:50
December 14, 2021
Obsidian Book Club: The Dawn of Everything
Okay, so I'm going to do it! A book club to read and discuss the new Graeber and Wengrow book, *The Dawn of Everything*, and a shared Obsidian vault in which we can do this and also share ideas and techniques for note-taking and knowledge management. This will include not only the shared vault but weekly Zoom meetings, so at the end of the video there's a list of things I'd like to know about you to get started and send you the appropriate invitations. I'll begin building the vault this weekend and we'll commence next week. EVERYONE who wants to share their thoughts is welcome! Basic rules of civility apply, and I'd like this to be visible to the rest of the world, so our work can be useful to others. Share this with your friends and relatives! THANKS!!
12:52
December 04, 2021
Peppermint Kings, Part 4
The second half of Chapter Three, called "Essence and Peddlers".
32:22
November 17, 2021
Finding Connections in Obsidian
I'm beginning the process of looking for instances of ideas in my Obsidian vault. In this video, I find a bunch of times I thought about the idea of Domains, wondering about the limitations of explanatory schemes. I find a few to begin my Note on this topic.
11:07
November 14, 2021
Reaction: Tyson on Joe Rogan
This is my reaction to Neil deGrasse Tyson getting history spectacularly wrong on Joe Rogan's show. The original clip is a couple of years old, but it is still being watched regularly and these are topics I care a bit about. So I thought I'd set the record straight.
19:49
November 13, 2021
Peppermint Kings, Part 3
This is the first half of the third chapter of my book, called "Essence and Peddlers".
48:35
November 11, 2021
Help me Find World History Textbooks!
I'd like to compare the ways World History survey courses cover history in different regions of the world, and also if possible how this changes over time. I've asked Open Education folks, Moodlers, and others -- now I'm asking my viewers for suggestions of the textbook titles they've used or are aware of in their regions. Thanks!!
06:15
November 10, 2021
Historian's Reaction to "History of the Entire World I Guess"
My reaction to the wildly popular Bill Wurtz video that begins before the Big Bang and races to the present in just under 19 minutes (I'm reacting to the "clean" version). I add some points I think need emphasis. Lots of great stuff in here. I'm always interested in people who can be super effective talking about history to the public, so this was very enlightening.
26:01
November 07, 2021
Peppermint Kings, Part 2
The second chapter of my recent book, covering the early history of peppermint in America, Ashfield, and the Ranney family.
44:26
November 02, 2021
My Research Trip to the Canadian Border
This week I visited Baudette and International Falls, Minnesota, along the Canadian border. Did some research and met some very nice people as a result.
05:36
October 29, 2021
Peppermint Kings, part 1
Since I've changed the name to "Making History", I thought I probably ought to share some of the history that I've made. So I'm going to start reading some of my writing, beginning with the book that came out of my dissertation. Peppermint Kings, A Rural American History, was published in 2020 by the Yale University Press, in their Agrarian Studies series. Since there isn't an audiobook version of this, I thought I'd provide one in podcast form. This is also an example of the type of project I'm working on when I do the note-taking and research I talk about on my channel.
19:27
October 26, 2021
Making History
Some thoughts about how I'm going to (re)organize myself to continue focusing on making content for the channel. The main theme will continue to be my work as a historian, writer, and teacher -- making and sharing history content.
09:20
October 23, 2021
Student Demo of Her Obsidian Research Graph
My student, Kate Brekke, used Obsidian this summer to begin research toward her Senior Thesis. She demonstrated the graph and talked about her process in my Historiography class this week. Thanks, Kate!
20:02
August 28, 2021
What Should You Know Before You Start Modern World History?
An introductory lecture for my students this fall, to fill in some of the background info that will be useful to help them understand the modern world.
38:29
August 22, 2021
Fall Prep: Revising My Text Again
I tend to never be quite satisfied with my course content. This semester, I'm adding some new material and especially some new formatting to my OER World History text.
06:52
August 19, 2021
Obsidian Class Vault Again
I'll be using a shared, private Obsidian vault hosted in Dropbox with my Modern World History students again this fall. I'll focus a bit more on knowledge co-creation, too.
06:34
August 10, 2021
What I Did Over Summer Vacation
A quick recap of my summer activities, including an unexpected visit with a professor who inspired me to study history a couple of decades ago.
09:10
August 07, 2021
Permanent Notes, part 1
Some thoughts on the way I'm going to use Permanent Notes as the abstractions on which I'll build my own arguments, stories, and texts. Also a brief comparison of what I'm doing here with retrieval practice as it's typically understood in education circles.
09:53
June 10, 2021
Reading Notes, part 2
Part 2 of my Reading Notes section, where I try to make the case that good books are much bigger than the notes we make on them, but that we should make notes anyway, using William Cronon's book Nature's Metropolis as an example.
08:17
June 06, 2021
My Notes on "Smart Notes", Part 2
The second installment of my three-parter on my reactions to Sönke Ahrens book, How to Take Smart Notes, covering chapters three through six.
12:49
June 03, 2021
Responding to Listener Questions
In this one I respond to a half dozen interesting questions asked by listeners. I appreciate the feedback and enjoy the interaction -- I'll plan on doing it again if the questions and comments continue!
09:18
June 03, 2021
My Notes on "Smart Notes", part 1
As I'm working on my new Note-taking series, I thought I'd review my own notes on Sönke Ahrens very helpful book, How to Take Smart Notes.
11:49
June 03, 2021
Reading Notes part 1
In this one I begin talking about turning highlights into reading notes. This can be a time-consuming process, especially when the text is full of good material. In the background, the notes I made on part of Taleb's book Antifragile, while traveling last week.
06:21
May 27, 2021
My Father's Library
I just returned home from a short vacation in California to see my parents. Stayed in my father's study while I was visiting. Looked at his books and highlights, walked and talked. The only thing that beats a zettelkasten is a real discussion partner.
08:18
May 27, 2021
Anchoring
Part 3 in my series on Heuristics and Biases, based on Daniel Kahneman's book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. This one covers the Anchoring Effect, which not only biases our estimates of numbers, but can affect our ability to perceive new information.
09:37
May 18, 2021
Highlighting
This is the sixth installment in my new Note-taking, Research, Writing handbook and series. I have some suggestions on highlighting and on the types of questions to ask as you are reading and processing a text.
10:54
May 16, 2021
Research Rabbit Rocks!
I've just gotten beta access to Research Rabbit and it is a really powerful tool for chasing ideas down rabbit-holes. I used it to find a bunch of articles and monographs is a very short period of time. Super useful!
06:47
May 14, 2021
Flipgrid and Kialo this summer!
I've discovered a couple of new apps that I'm excited to try out this summer, to make my online course a little more personal and interactive.
06:05
May 13, 2021
New Obsidian Publish Website
I've decided to use the part of my vault I'm publishing through Obsidian Publish as my public website.
07:26
May 10, 2021
Sources and Arguments
This is the fifth installment in my new Note-taking, Research, Writing handbook and series. I begin talking about sources and then say some things about arguments.
12:03
May 09, 2021
Obsidian Publish
My first experience trying out Obsidian's website publishing tool. I'm pretty pleased with the results and I'll be using it, I think, to do my current big research project "with the garage door open".
05:04
May 07, 2021
Confirmation Bias
Part 2 of my new series on Heuristics and Biases, influenced by recent books by Kahneman and Taleb.
08:19
May 04, 2021
Thinking Is Writing
This is the beginning of the first section of my new Note-taking, Research, Writing handbook and series. A lot of people have said "writing is thinking"; I believe thinking should be writing.
07:41
May 02, 2021
Zotero to Obsidian
A quick demonstration of some of the things I do when making Reading Notes in Obsidian after processing documents using Zotero. Includes a brief tangent into my appreciation of Wikipedia and Hypothesis.
06:57
April 29, 2021
Heuristics, Part 1
Introduction to a series I'm beginning to describe the heuristics discussed by Daniel Kahneman in his 2011 book Thinking, Fast and Slow (and also maybe touching on Taleb's Black Swans. Hopefully, installments will follow weekly covering the individual heuristics.
07:36
April 25, 2021
Obsidian Class Vault Review
I used an Obsidian Vault in my Modern World History class this semester. It went very well! Here's a quick retrospective on that experiment.
06:55
April 21, 2021
The Future of Publishing?
I received an interesting letter from the executive editor at my publisher, which got me thinking again about publishing and looking at the experiences of some folks I know.
08:40
April 18, 2021
Inspiration and Interest
This is the first part of a new series I'm going to make, for my expanded update of "A Short Handbook for Writing Essays in the Humanities and Social Sciences", which I'm enhancing to include a lot more content on Note-taking. This will be a video series on YouTube and an audio series here. I'll add a new one weekly for about the next seven months.
10:11
April 17, 2021
Processing and Using PDFs
A quick description of how I make PDFs and some of the apps I've used to annotate them and share them with my students.
07:22
December 31, 2020
Filling Empty Notes in Obsidian (#102)
A quick description of how I'm working on filling in the Empty Notes I make in Obsidian, and along the way editing a Wikipedia page.
04:38
December 29, 2020
OER Textbook in Obsidian?
Some initial thoughts about making the open educational resources I create available to my students (and maybe to the general public?) as Obsidian "Vaults".
07:55
December 29, 2020
Private Hypothesis Class Discussions (#100)
How I use private groups in Hypothes.is to create a safe space for students to explore ideas, to focus them on classmates rather than the outside world, and to avoid annotation saturation in texts I assign.
06:03
December 16, 2020
Notes on another Luhmann Article
Markus Krajewski's 2013 article, "Paper as Passion", and my process taking the notes and getting them into my workflow.
13:04
December 16, 2020
Taking Reading Notes from a Print Book
How I take notes on a book I can't write in, as well as some thoughts about grabbing clips and comments from audiobooks.
08:07
December 13, 2020
Roam and Obsidian
Some initial thoughts about Roam Research and Obsidian, their relative strengths, and the very cool communities surrounding each app.
06:45
December 08, 2020
Schmidt's 2016 article on Luhmann (#96)
My review of a very good article from a recent book, and some additional thoughts about MarginNote 3 and my own note-taking process.
12:10
December 05, 2020
MarginNote 3 Again: How do I like it now?
At the end of a very hectic semester, I'm re-evaluating some of the apps I was excited about trying at the beginning.
05:34
December 04, 2020
Notes on Luhmann's essay on Notes (#94)
I read Luhmann's 1981 article, "Kommunikation mit Zettelkästen", and here are my notes on it (in English).
12:21
November 26, 2020
Getting Things Done, part 1
This weekend I listened to the first third of David Allen's famous book and began thinking about implementing the GTD program in my own process.
06:07
November 16, 2020
My Note-taking Process
The reading and note-taking process I developed in grad school, and thoughts about how and why I want to teach it to my students.
07:35
November 15, 2020
Planning to Teaching Note-taking
I'm starting to plan how to turn the things I've been learning about my own reading, note-taking, and writing process into material to teach my students how to do something similar.
08:51
November 14, 2020
Kuhn's Paradigms in Historical Thinking
A quick description of Thomas Kuhn's famous book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and how I think it applies to historical thinking.
11:19
November 10, 2020
Visualizing Historiography
A brief description of how I used to work as a grad student, processing books in my little study carrel at UMass and building Tinderbox "trees" of historiography. I've since moved on to MarginNote 3 and Roam, but I'm still thinking about visualizations.
06:30
November 05, 2020
Kindle Highlights to Roam Reading Notes
Talking about how I'm adding Reading Notes into Roam Research from Kindle highlights and notes. Also, more of my comments on Sönke Ahrens' book, How to Take Smart Notes.
10:16
November 04, 2020
More Thoughts on Roam Research & Smart Notes Reading Group
I'm thinking about the idea of block quotes vs. paraphrasing, the things I'll probably use Roam Research for (and not), and my notes on the first chapter of Sönke Ahrens' book, How to Take Smart Notes.
09:54
November 03, 2020
Roam Reading Group (#86)
My thoughts about the first Zoom meeting of the Roam Research Reading Group that's going to read Sönke Ahrens book How to Take Smart Notes this month. It was a great model for a virtual conference! Also, my notes on the book's Introduction.
09:01
November 02, 2020
Discovering Permanent Notes in Roam
A second pod about my learning process, as I've been messing around in Roam Research for about three weeks now and loving it. 
10:15
October 30, 2020
Electoral College
I listened to NowThis's final Who Is? pod of the season, on the Electoral College. While I get what they were trying to say, I think there were some historical lapses that could be corrected to improve their argument about power inequality throughout American history. 
05:19
October 29, 2020
More HyFlex!
More thoughts on what I need to change about my classes and teaching as I move to the Hybrid-Flexible format. 
06:57
October 28, 2020
Decolonization, Part 2
Part 2 of Chapter 10, for my Modern World History class at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
35:05
October 28, 2020
HyFlex!
My initial thoughts about the Hybrid-Flexible course format, which I'll be using this spring in all my courses. It promises to greatly increase student agency and flexibility, but comes with some additional work which I'll begin reporting on as I prepare for and implement this change. 
06:16
October 27, 2020
Decolonization, part 1
The first half of Chapter 10 of my Modern World History course for Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
29:41
October 26, 2020
World War II, part 2 (#79)
The second half of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath, for my Modern World History class at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
57:26
October 24, 2020
Ranney Letter 15: February 2, 1851
Lucius writes a long letter to Henry, with lots of news including, by the way, that he has a new daughter. 
10:28
October 24, 2020
Note-taking
I'm reading and watching lots of videos on Zettelkasten. I think when I teach it to my students, I'm going to just call it note-taking. 
05:23
October 23, 2020
Dan's Book Reviews #4: James C. Scott
Anarchist James C. Scott has contributed greatly to my thoughts about the power and scope of empires, and the ways people have resisted them throughout history.
11:33
October 22, 2020
Ranney Letter 14: December 8, 1850
Lyman returns home to Van Buren from a 400-mile cattle drive to the Missouri River.
05:50
October 22, 2020
World War II, part 1 (#74)
The first half of the Second World War, for my Modern World History class at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
44:31
October 21, 2020
Muckrakers (#73)
I assigned a reading to my Gilded Age class this week from my favorite Muckraker, so I thought I'd take a couple minutes to define the term.
08:45
October 20, 2020
Ranney Letter 13, August 23, 1850.
A letter from a distant relative, General Nathan Ranney of St. Louis, about genealogy.
05:13
October 19, 2020
Planning for Hybrid courses
I'm planning to offer my courses in a hybrid format going forward, to add flexibility for students while (hopefully!) not adding too much additional work for me.
05:43
October 17, 2020
Horwitz's really radical legal history
My review of The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860, one of the most consequential books I read in grad school.
20:14
October 17, 2020
The Modern Crisis, part 2
The second half of my 8th chapter in my Modern World History, for my Bemidji State University class, Fall 2020.
42:44
October 16, 2020
Roam Research for Beginners
My thoughts after a week of playing with the new app, on the usefulness of Roam Research (spoiler, I like it a lot!).
06:37
October 16, 2020
Grad School
Second half of my "interview" with my friend Nick Heisserer, where he talks about his decision to go for a PhD and his thoughts about higher education.
18:22
October 15, 2020
Research
Conversation with my colleague and friend Nick Heisserer about researching a PhD dissertation topic. 
25:04
October 14, 2020
Book Review #2
A second book review in my new series, about Joyce Appleby's 1984 book, Capitalism and a New Social Order: the Republican Vision of the 1790s.
15:59
October 14, 2020
The Modern Crisis, part 1
The social, cultural, and economic fallout of the Great War. For my Modern World History class at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020. 
45:02
October 13, 2020
Dan's Book Reviews #1
Percy Wells Bidwell's Rural Economy in New England at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century, which I first read as a grad student and now have a slightly  different reaction to.
07:40
October 13, 2020
Ranney Letter 12: August 8, 1850
Another letter from Lyman in Van Buren, Arkansas. Although he likes "merchandising", Lyman would really prefer studying medicine -- if he only had the funds. 
05:56
October 12, 2020
The Columbian Exchange
Alfred W. Crosby Jr.'s groundbreaking 1972 book and its reception, in a new "History in 15" segment.
12:60
October 12, 2020
Writing an OER
This semester I'm writing an OER textbook for my course, Modern World History. No wonder I feel busy!
06:17
October 11, 2020
Trachtenberg v Lamoreaux
This week I'll be exposing my students to two quite different types of history of the Gilded Age.
05:56
October 10, 2020
Ranney Letter 10: March 8, 1850
A second letter from Lyman, working in Van Buren, Arkansas.
08:57
October 09, 2020
Ranney Letter 11: March 10, 1850
Lucius writes to Henry after a gap of possibly years. 
09:47
October 09, 2020
Fritz Haber (#56)
A look at the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who invented the process we use to make nitrogen fertilizer, and some of the complicated aspects of his life and his process.
06:48
October 09, 2020
Peshtigo Fire
Today in history (October 8, 1871), the most devastating fire in American History broke out in Peshtigo Wisconsin. It wasn't a freak accident caused by a dry summer. It was an externality of the lumber industry. 
05:41
October 08, 2020
The Great War
A longish (65 minute) talk about World War I, for week seven of my Modern World History class at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
01:05:00
October 07, 2020
Productivity Tools
A first look at some new tools I'm exploring to amp up my efficiency and effectiveness.
05:43
October 07, 2020
Hitchens and Jefferson (#52)
My review of the short biography of Thomas Jefferson by the always controversial but also quite interesting Christopher Hitchens.
06:49
October 06, 2020
Columbus Controversy
Was Columbus a Heroic Discoverer or a Genocidal Invader? A talk for Bemidji State University's Hispanic Heritage Month.
49:44
October 05, 2020
Birth Control in 1831
Dr. Charles Knowlton wrote America's first birth control manual in 1831, and was jailed for it. But based on records from the town where he lived, it worked!
06:11
October 05, 2020
Historically Thinking
My reaction to Active History's Episode 162, reacting to the Patriotic History vs. 1619 controversy. 
05:47
October 04, 2020
Ranney Letter #9: Jan. 8, 1850
Lyman Ranney writes the first of several letters to Henry from the South. He includes observations on slavery. 
07:25
October 04, 2020
Ranney Letter #8: Aug. 28, 1847
A short letter from Henry's nephew, Frederick T. Ranney, writing to collect a debt.
02:43
October 04, 2020
Radicals4Today
Thinking about how the stories of radicals in the past can be useful in the present, with a 201-year old quote from Richard Carlile. 
06:07
October 04, 2020
Bradlaugh and Historical Fiction
I originally joined the PhD program in History at UMass because I wanted to write about Englishmen Charles Bradlaugh -- but I'm still not sure whether that writing is going to be history or historical fiction!
06:51
October 03, 2020
The Osborne Effect
Using a (slightly inaccurate) story from recent history to explain why Tesla underpromises and overdelivers on new technology disruptions. H/T to Gali Russell of Hyperchange. 
05:03
October 02, 2020
Ranney Letter 7: August 29, 1844
A second letter from Jasper Bement, on a business and political trip to western New York and Detroit.
06:32
October 02, 2020
Leaded Gas
The creepy story of why we once used lead in our cars, rather than ethanol.
06:52
October 01, 2020
Thomas Paine
To a great extent, the fight over Thomas Paine's legacy = United States History.
06:45
September 30, 2020
Robert Owen
Robert Owen was an early textile mill owner in England, who inspired the men who built the New England textile industry. He was also a socialist who worked to insure the health and welfare of his community of workers.  
06:53
September 29, 2020
Changing Empires
Chapter Six of my Modern World History course for Bemidji State University, Fall 2020. This one focuses on the changing nature of imperialism, which never really goes away, but shifts from military and political to economic neo-imperialism. 
01:22:06
September 28, 2020
Ranney Letter 6: August 23, 1844
Henry's friend and fellow abolitionist, Jasper Bement, writes from a trip west where he conducted both business and "Liberty" politics. 
09:27
September 28, 2020
Water and Pigs
I like to talk about the environments of cities when I teach Environmental History. Here are a couple of things about water and stray pigs in 19th-century New York City.
06:56
September 28, 2020
Socialism
I've reached the place in my Modern World History course where I talk about socialism. Here are some thoughts about talking to students about this contentious topic.
05:43
September 26, 2020
Chinampas
How did the Aztecs feed the 200,000 people living in their capital, Tenochtitlán? Using floating gardens called chinampas, which still exist today -- but just barely.
05:08
September 25, 2020
Ranney Letter 5: Feb. 15, 1844
Lewis writes to Henry on his return home to Florence, Michigan.
07:02
September 24, 2020
Foner's Reconstruction
Revisiting my impressions of Eric Foner's foundational book on the post Civil War period. 
06:49
September 24, 2020
Voyages of Zheng He
A surprising story from Chinese history -- and one of those moments when everything could have turned out quite differently.
06:45
September 23, 2020
Battle Cry of Freedom
I read this classic on the Civil War over a decade ago. I wonder if my opinion of it would be different now?
06:24
September 22, 2020
The Troubled 19th Century
When Napoleon was finally defeated for good in 1815, the Europeans fried to reset the clock. That failed, partly due to the Industrial Revolution.
53:47
September 21, 2020
Ranney Letter 4: Feb. 15, 1884
Lewis Ranney writes to Henry on his return to Florence, Michigan.
07:40
September 21, 2020
Tools for Historians
Looking at a variety of applications to help me work more efficiently and thinking about connecting with work I've done in the past. 
06:48
September 21, 2020
The Charles River Bridge
An example from history of why monopolies (and even corporations) aren't necessarily the best way to solve some public needs. 
07:11
September 20, 2020
Mobility
The number of people passing through cities in the nineteenth century was an order of magnitude greater than the change in population from one census to the next. 
07:01
September 19, 2020
Staples and Stone Tools
Did you know that natives of the Americas invented three of today's top five staple crops? 
07:01
September 18, 2020
Ranney Letter 3: April 30, 1843
Another letter from Lucius to Henry Ranney, telling of a new farm and advising his brother to marry.
12:22
September 17, 2020
Microhistory
A quick take on the idea of writing history through the stories of unusual people, since I've just begun the Ranney Letters series on the podcast here as well. 
07:05
September 17, 2020
Ranney Letter 2: May 15, 1842
The second Ranney letter and the first from Lucius to Henry, announcing Lucius' arrival in Allen Michigan in May 1842. 
06:19
September 17, 2020
Ranney Letter #1, May 19, 1839
An introduction to the Ranney family and their origins, and the first letter of the series, dated May 19, 1839, from Lewis G. Ranney in Phelps New York to Henry S. Ranney in Ashfield Massachusetts.
23:04
September 16, 2020
The Ranney Letters
Announcing the Ranney Letters, a collection of over five dozen personal letters saved by Henry S. Ranney in Ashfield Massachusetts, written by his seven brothers as they lived, worked, and traveled across the continent between 1839 and the end of the century. I found these in a file folder in the Ashfield Historical Society Museum, and they kindly allowed me to photograph, transcribe, and report on the contents. I'll be talking about one per week and reading it aloud, in slightly longer posts on this History4Today channel.
05:20
September 16, 2020
Monte Verde
A description of the Monte Verde archaeological site in southern Chile, which native Americans occupied nearly 15,000 years ago. I also mention Clovis and stone tools a bit, too. 
06:54
September 15, 2020
Colonial North America
Chapter 4 of my US History I course at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
01:15:35
September 14, 2020
Berle on Monopoly
Lawyer and diplomat Adolf A. Berle wrote about capitalism in 1954. His description of monopoly sounds remarkably like Zephyr Teachout's recent take-down in Break 'Em Up. 
06:12
September 14, 2020
9/11 in Latin America
A History in 7 episode covering the 1973 coup in Chile and Chile's copper economy. 
06:52
September 13, 2020
Early Globalization and Revolutions
Chapter Four in my Modern World History course at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
53:37
September 13, 2020
Erasmus Darwins of Massachusetts
Over a hundred children in Massachusetts between 1800 and 1850 were named after Darwin. Not Charles Darwin, but his grandfather Erasmus. This says something remarkable about the interests and reading habits of regular people in early America -- especially rural people. 
16:14
September 12, 2020
Beringia was not a bridge
A quick explanation why it's misleading to say the ancestors of Native Americans came via a land bridge from Asia.
05:32
September 12, 2020
Bella Ciao!
My first History in 7 pod, in which I talk for about six and a half minutes about the Italian partisan folk song, Bella Ciao. I'll be tryin gto post a History in 7 daily, so there's never been a better time to subscribe!
06:27
September 11, 2020
Early North American Colonization
The third installment of my US History I course, Fall 2020.
49:10
September 09, 2020
The Americas and the Columbian Exchange
The third installment in my Modern World History series, describing what happened when Europeans "discovered" the Americas. 
55:57
September 09, 2020
Government Duopoly
My quick take on a Freakonomics podcast rebroadcast (#356) I listened to this week, about Michael Porter and Katherine Gehl's ideas regarding the nature of government, from their 2017 Harvard Business School publication and interviews.
06:36
September 06, 2020
How the Civil War caused the Gilded Age
The Republican Party was a coalition of abolitionists and Whigs. And they had a war to win. The results weren't inevitable, but they're understandable. A short lecture I wrote for my Gilded Age and Populism class. 
31:15
September 01, 2020
Europeans Discover the Americas
Chapter Two of my US History I course at Bemidji State University, fall 2020.
01:04:34
August 31, 2020
Asian Empires and European Nations
Lecture two of Modern World History at Bemidji State University, fall 2020.
43:36
August 30, 2020
The Populist Businessman
Albert May Todd's 1898 speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, reminding Congress of the Crédit Mobilier scandal and the fraud and collusion of the railroads. Todd was a successful businessman as well as a Populist. His story is interesting, especially in light of the belief today that business and the people are on different sides. 
13:09
August 29, 2020
Modern World History Begins in China
The first lecture of my Modern World History course at Bemidji State University, Fall 2020.
34:07
August 26, 2020
Modern World History Introduction
A short introduction to the background students ought to have to make the most of my Modern World History course at Bemidji State University this fall.
39:53
August 24, 2020
US History I, Lecture 1: Setting the Scene
My first lecture of my fall US History course at Bemidji State University, titled "Setting the Scene", in which I describe the cultures of the three continents that contributed to populating the US: the Americas themselves, Europe, and Africa.
48:48
August 24, 2020
The American Yawp, Chapter One
This is my praise and critique of the first chapter, "Indigenous America" of the popular open educational resource (OER), The American Yawp, published by Stanford University. I'm reading examples of good OERs like this one as I write my own. 
21:49
August 23, 2020