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American Stories with Rebecca Price Janney

American Stories with Rebecca Price Janney

By Rebecca Price Janney
Classic and contemporary stories from historian and award-winning author Dr. Rebecca Price Janney will inspire and encourage
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In Flanders Fields Poppies Blow
Listen to the story of Memorial Day's association with red poppies
May 24, 2022
A Truly Remarkable Woman - the Life of Edith Nourse Rogers, Champion of Veterans
She gave her life serving the needs of American veterans
May 12, 2022
A Breathtaking Piece of Folly
A story of William Seward, a man wing to endure his critics for a greater goal
March 31, 2022
Great Words from a Quiet President
President "Silent Cal" Coolidge gave one of American history's most inspiring speeches.
March 17, 2022
What Made Him Do It? A 91 year-old Revolutionary War Veteran Tells Why He Put it All On the Line
A 91 year-old Revolutionary War Soldier tells a young man what made him take up arms against the British in 1775.
March 03, 2022
Abraham Lincoln's Soft Spot for Soldiers
The President showed a tender side of his personality when it came to soldiers, on both sides
February 24, 2022
Eleanor White, Ananias Dare and the Lost Colony
This 16th family impacted early American history
February 17, 2022
The Indomitable Harriet Tubman
A little known story about the Underground Railroad's most famous conductor
February 10, 2022
"I Am Content" - The Last Days of John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams, once reviled for his principled stands, died with the deepest respect of his former detractors.
January 27, 2022
The Story Behind a Popular Christmas Song
Noel Regney's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Carries a Message of Hope and Joy to Us in this Season of Hope
December 23, 2021
Civil War Penpals
Did you ever write a letter to an unknown soldier? Here are some stories about women who wrote to wounded men in the American Civil War.
December 17, 2021
The 80th Anniversary of December 7, 1941
Rebecca Price Janney tells the story of the attach on Pearl Harbor and the life of the Japanese pilot who led it
December 06, 2021
A History of America's Thanksgiving Holiday- on the 400th Anniversary
This year America will observe the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, held in November 1621. How did this event become a federal holiday? Rebecca Price Janney tells the story.
November 24, 2021
A Veterans Day Story - Blue Star Mothers
The story of the creation of Blue Star Mothers is shared by permission of Karen Whiting and Jocelyn Green
November 11, 2021
Welcome Home to Easton at Christmastide!
Announcing the release of book five in my award-winning Easton Series from Elk Lake Publishing
October 22, 2021
Lincoln's Sense of Humor and Purpose
In an uncertain and harsh season, Abraham Lincoln conducted himself in such a way as to encourage us today.
October 01, 2021
Light in the Darkness - WWII
The outcome of WWII is a reminder that evil does not go unchecked, or ultimately triumph
September 02, 2021
The Story of WWI's Harlem Hellfighters
This regiment fought bravely to overcome different kinds of enemies
July 21, 2021
Americans Mobilized for Distressed War Orphans
American hearts went out to children orphaned during World War I
July 08, 2021
Not Your Typical Summer Vacation
The story of a teacher's unusual experience during the Battle of Gettysburg
June 10, 2021
Honoring a Fading Hero: General Grant
Taken from Craig Von Buseck's inspiring new book, VICTOR! THE LAST BATTLE OF ULYSSES S. GRANT, this is the story of a touching Memorial Day salute, his last. (Gratefully shared by permission of the author)
May 30, 2021
Kent State - May 1970
More than riots broke out on college campuses in the spring of 1970.
May 20, 2021
Sealed with a Kiss
Letters from the Civil War still speak to us
April 29, 2021
April Disasters: The San Francisco Earthquake and Titanic
Even in the optimistic opening years of the 20th century, there were painful reminders of the limits to human achievement.
April 14, 2021
Was a 1776 Christmas event a coincidence, or a divine appointment?
Was a 1776 Christmas event a coincidence, or a divine appointment?
April 08, 2021
Helping Hands - Sacrificial Service
Many civilians gave all they had in the spring of 1775
March 31, 2021
Martha Washington- First, First Lady
The nation's first First Lady was a force to be reckoned with
March 25, 2021
The Remarkable Story of Helen Keller
This multi-disabled woman overcame nearly insurmountable odds to live a productive and inspiring life
March 16, 2021
Fanny Crosby - Queen of American Hymn Writers
Fanny Crosby's impressive output of songs have inspired millions across the generations, around the world.
March 03, 2021
Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Rebuilding of Japan
A revolution of the spirit played a role in Japan's rebuilding after WWII.
February 24, 2021
From Here to Eternity - American Afterlife Beliefs Since the 90s
What do Americans of the last few decades belief about life after death?
February 18, 2021
1980s American Beliefs - Where's the Beef?
What made up the majority of beliefs about spirituality and the afterlife?
February 04, 2021
Anything Goes - America in the 1970s
Casting off old ways, many did what was right in their own eyes
January 29, 2021
America in the Late 1960s
This distant mirror can help us better understand our own times.
January 14, 2021
America in the Early 1960s
John Kennedy ushers in a new era
January 07, 2021
"A Dark But Not Unhopeful Hour"
Winston Churchill's Realistic Optimism in a Dark Hour
December 11, 2020
George Washington at Valley Forge- Faith and Fortitude
General Washington urged his men to prayer during the trying winter encampment at Valley Forge
December 04, 2020
"The Crisis" and the Courage of One Man
I gave these remarks at the dedication of a DAR grave marker to Colonel Peter Kichline on November 8, 2020 at the Historic Easton Cemetery
November 10, 2020
The 50s Were More Than Happy Days
America's post-war era was a time of anxiety, and assurance
October 30, 2020
America in the 1940s - The "Good War"
Studs Terkel famously wrote of WWII as "The Good War." This episode tells the story of how Americans coped with the anxiety of that period.
October 22, 2020
1930s America - A Distant Mirror
Economically and spiritually, the decade was a depressed time, but not for all.
October 16, 2020
A Lost Generation
The Post-World War One Era Bears a Striking Resemblance to Our Own
October 09, 2020
Heaven on Earth?
High Hope's for the 20th century proved to be dust in the wind
October 02, 2020
A Future, But What Kind of Hope?
What influenced American beliefs about Heaven and Hell at the dawn of the 20th century?
September 25, 2020
America in the Post-Cival War Period
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Americans looked to their faith to sustain and encourage
September 18, 2020
Knocking on Heaven's Door
How Americans coped with a shortened life expectancy in the 19th century
September 10, 2020
That Old Time Religion
The Second Great Awakening began in highly improbable places through unlikely people.
August 28, 2020
Alternate Lifestyles - 19th Century Utopians
After winning the War of Independence from Great Britain, America became fertile ground for many Utopian societies
August 12, 2020
The Courage of Their Convictions
How Americans found courage to face the sacrifices of their great Revolution
July 30, 2020
Life is Short - Then You Die?
In colonial America, life was short, but there was a growing expectation of eternity.
July 23, 2020
Who Goes There? The Impact of Ancient Beliefs
Episode two examines who and what contributed to American afterlife beliefs
July 16, 2020
Who Goes There? An Introduction
What do Americans believe about Heaven and Hell, and why? Rebecca Price Janney traces the origins of our attitudes in this multi-part series.
July 09, 2020
The Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776
The Declaration of Independence
July 04, 2020
Kaahumanu - Hawaiian Queen
The story of Hawaii's formidable 19th c. ruler
June 30, 2020
Brother against Brother: Friendship in the Civil War
Jefferson Davis takes leave of his dear friend Franklin Pierce
June 18, 2020
Theodore Roosevelt's Guidance
As America entered WWI, it sought former President Roosevelt's advice.
June 10, 2020
A Convulsive Time - And Hope
Where could inspiration be found during the societal mayhem of 1968-1970?
June 04, 2020
He Ain't Heavy....
The inspiring story behind a popular song
May 28, 2020
Sergeant Stubby - WWI Canine Hero
A stray dog became a military hero
May 21, 2020
The Titanic
Symbol of a Century
May 15, 2020
Captain Tom and the Greatest Generation
A salute to that generation which continues to show us the way
May 04, 2020
Benjamin Franklin's Letter of Condolence
This podcast is a tribute to my father, Joseph Perio, who passed into eternity April 20, 2020.
April 22, 2020
Giving Children Resiliency through Your Family's History
During times of crisis, children who know their family's history are more resilient than those who do not
April 07, 2020
May 1970 - Kent State - Not the Only Campus Aflame
The spring of 1970 not only brought tragedy, but amazing renewal and hope.
March 31, 2020
The United States Christian Commission in Wartime
During the Civil War, an organization provided hope and healing for countless soldiers
March 23, 2020
Americans in Crisis
Finding perspective and encouragement from past Americans during our present crisis
March 16, 2020
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Her pen brought about societal change
March 09, 2020
A Decision for Life: Joe Terry of Danny and the Juniors
Joe Terry of Danny and the Juniors tells his life-changing story.
March 03, 2020
Clarence Darrow's Dilemma
A story of 20th century attorney Clarence Darrow
February 25, 2020
Here She Comes. . . Heather Whitestone
Hear the inspiring story of the first disabled Miss America
February 18, 2020
Mary McLeod Bethune
The inspiring story of a determined African-American child in the first years of freedo.
February 11, 2020
From National Chaos to Revival, Part Two
The revival's effects are felt
January 21, 2020
From National Chaos to Revival
America was a mess. Then God showed up.
January 13, 2020
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Rosa Parks's courage helped reverse segregation in the South
December 19, 2019
The Salvation Army Comes to America
The determination of English teenager Eliza Shirley brought the Salvation Army to America
December 12, 2019
First Flight- The Wright Brothers
On December 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first successful manned flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
December 03, 2019
November 22, 1963
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
November 21, 2019
Squanto- Bearer of Hope
Squanto came to the rescue of the Pilgrims in 1621
November 14, 2019
The Iran Hostage Crisis
Americans wondered whether the nation's best days were behind it
November 06, 2019
The Stock Market Crash of October 1929
One man's journey from despair to hope
October 29, 2019
Jamestown 1607- The Story of Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt provided inspiration and hope to the early colonists.
October 24, 2019
The Inspiring Story of Catherine Marshall
Find out what carried Catherine through her trials and challenges
October 17, 2019
The Cuban Missile Crisis - October 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis is the closest humans have been to a catastrophic nuclear war.
October 10, 2019
Sputnik - October 4, 1957
The Soviet Union launches the first space satellite.
October 03, 2019
The Temperance Movement- Frances Willard
The 19th century was an age of energetic reform, including the Temperance Movement.
September 24, 2019
A Tribute to the Founding Generation
What motivated the Founding Fathers and Mothers to lay everything on the line for Independence?
September 17, 2019
The Story of Betsy Ross and Her Flag
A young seamstress creates a national treasure
September 06, 2019
Julia Ward Howe - Battle Hymn of the Republic
Julia Ward Howe Writes the Battle Hymn of the Republic
August 29, 2019
Detente - Nixon in Russia and China
Sometimes surprising things happen behind the scenes
August 20, 2019
The Dropping of the Atomic Bombs in August 1945
How two men's lives were changed forever
August 12, 2019
Apollo 13 - A Life and Death Space Drama
The inspiring story of Apollo 13
July 26, 2019
Inspiring Stories from American History: Apollo 11 - a 50th Anniversary Story
On July 20, 1969 man first walked on the moon.
July 16, 2019
Easton PA Heritage Day - Step Back Into History
Easton witnessed one of the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence; a reenactment is held annually
July 10, 2019
The Declaration of Independence
The story of the Declaration of Independence
June 25, 2019
The brief, eventful life of a Native American Princess
June 20, 2019
Alexander Hamilton
A recap of his life in public service, and a touching gesture at it's end.
June 12, 2019
D-Day, the Sixth of June, 1944
This podcast is in honor of the brave men who stormed Normandy's beaches 75 years ago.
June 04, 2019
A Memorial Day Tribute: The Story of a POW
The moving story of American POW C.J. Rosen as the war in Europe drew to a close in May 1945.
May 26, 2019
In one of the 20th century's most important Supreme Court decisions, segregation became illegal.
This story is about Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
May 21, 2019
Sojourner Truth\u000A
This is a story of Sojourner Truth, a powerful woman of faith who lived up to her name.
May 14, 2019
The 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 1945
Seventy-five years ago this May, WWII ended in Europe, with the Allied liberation of the continent.
May 08, 2019
The Louisiana Purchase
What role did faith play in the initial westward expansion?
April 29, 2019
The Lincoln Assassination -Tragedy and Hope \u000A
The assassination of President Lincoln
April 23, 2019
Marian Anderson - Voice of the Century
Eighty years ago this month, Marian Anderson gave her historic Easter Sunday concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
April 15, 2019
The Great San Francisco Earthquake
The 1906 cataclysm was outside of human advancement
April 08, 2019
The Touching Story of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox
The touching surrender that ended the Civil War
April 01, 2019
Give Me Liberty!
Virginian Patrick Henry's Rousing Call to Independence
March 25, 2019
The War of 1812
An inspiring story from the War of 1812
March 15, 2019
Remember the Alamo!
The battle that led to Texas independence
March 11, 2019
The Life of Abigail Adams
The first First Lady to live in the White House, she is one of two whose husbands and sons were U.S. Presidents.
March 04, 2019
The Great Awakening of a Friendship - and a Nation
The influence of George Whitefield on Benjamin Franklin is explored
February 25, 2019
George Washington: Special Man for a Special Purpose
Our first President's life was miraculously spared early in life
February 18, 2019
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad\u000A
Harriet Tubman successfully rescued over 300 slaves, at great personal risk.
February 11, 2019
Abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy
Elijah Lovejoy helped solidify support for abolitionism
February 04, 2019
The Challenger Disaster
This is about the January 27, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.
January 28, 2019
MLK Jr. and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement
After Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public bus, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a boycott that helped change society.
January 21, 2019
The Cheerful Optimism of Ronald Reagan
Throughout his public life, Ronald Reagan was known as a great communicator with a contagious sense of humor, and hope.
January 14, 2019
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
January 07, 2019
The January 1968 Tet Offensive
This story is about the January 1968 Tet Offensive, and U.S. Aviator John McCain
December 31, 2018
The Inspiring Story of the 1914 Christmas Truce
A surprising thing happened in the trenches that Christmas Eve.
December 20, 2018
Albert Einstein's Humble Present
Albert Einstein surprised a group of Princeton Seminarians with a gift at Christmas 1947.
December 10, 2018
December 7, 1941 - The Date that Has Lived in Infamy
December 7, 1941 - The Date that Has Lived in Infamy
December 02, 2018
Valley Forge - Freedom's Crucible
The fate of the American Revolution hung in the balance during the trying winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge.
November 26, 2018
The 155th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
Here's a story you may not know about the Gettysburg Address.
November 19, 2018
The Mayflower Arrives in America
The Autumn of 1620 - the Pilgrims Arrival in America
November 12, 2018
In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI
November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of WEI, Armistice Day
November 04, 2018
Anne Bradstreet - America's First Poet
Here's a story about America's first published poet.
October 29, 2018
The Humorous John Marshall, Chief Justice and Every Man
The humorous John Marshall, Chief Justice and Every Man
October 22, 2018
Great Stories in American History: The British Surrender at Yorktown
This is the story of the October 1781 surrender of the British to General Washington at Yorktown.
October 15, 2018
Harry Truman and the Founding of Modern Israel
President Truman played a significant role in the founding of modern Israel 70 years ago. This is the touching story.
October 08, 2018
A Tribute to Sgt. Alvin York
Hear the amazing story of World War One hero Sgt. York
October 01, 2018
William Penn's "Holy Experiment"
This is the story of William Penn and his vision for the New World
September 24, 2018
The Signing of the United States Constitution
This is a story about a turning point in the struggle to create the United States Constitution, September 17, 1787
September 17, 2018
Remembering 9.11
The story of September 11, 2001
September 11, 2018
Great Stories in American History with Rebecca Price Janney: The Assassination of President McKinley
Hear the story of President William McKinley's assassination, September 5, 1901
September 06, 2018
Great Stories in American \u000AHistory: The Battle of Brooklyn
Hear the amazing story of the August 1776 Battle of Brooklyn in which the new nation faced a severe, first test.
August 31, 2018