The JuntoCast: A Podcast on Early American History
By Michael Hattem
The JuntoCast is a monthly podcast about early American history. Each episode features a roundtable discussion by academic historians, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and guest panelists, exploring a single aspect of early American history in depth. The JuntoCast brings the current knowledge of academic historians to a broad audience in an informal, conversational format that is intellectually engaging, educational, and entertaining.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers explore the origins of the Electoral College and its early development prior to the Civil War, including the debates at the Constitutional Convention and during ratification, its implementation in the first few presidential elections, and how it changed during the first half of the nineteenth century.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft discuss the origins and early development of the Supreme Court. Topics include the Court's colonial antecedents, debates during the Constitutional Convention and ratification, and the significance of the Jay and Marshall courts and their most important decisions.
With the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaching, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and guest panelist Lindsay Chervinsky discuss the origins of political parties and political organization in early American history, from the colonial period through the early nineteenth century. Topics include factions in colonial politics, political organization during the Revolution, and the rise and fall of the "First Party System" following the ratification of the Constitution.
In the second of a two-part discussion, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the development of political violence in early America, from the American Revolution to the Civil War, including the rebellions of the 1790s, uprisings of enslaved persons, Native American removal, anti-abolitionist violence, urban riots, Harper's Ferry, and more.
In the first of a two-part discussion, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the origins of political violence in early America—from Jamestown to the American Revolution—including conflicting definitions of "political violence," the roles of class, race, and religion in violence by and against the state, the "contagion of violence," the differences between individual and crowd-led violence, and the political power of fear and perceptions of potential violence.
In this timely episode, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and special guest Jeffrey L. Pasley discuss the role and development of elections in early America. NB: This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri at Columbia on October 7, 2016. It was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities administered by the Missouri Humanities Council.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Bill of Rights, including its antecedents in British history and the colonial context, the politics that brought it about, and its legacy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, Nora Slonimsky, and Joanne Freeman continue their discussion from our previous episode on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton by thinking about the current "Hamilton Moment," as well as the "peaks and valleys" of Hamilton's legacy throughout American history.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, Nora Slonimsky, and, special guest, Joanne Freeman explore the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, including the impact of his early life in the Caribbean, his role in the war, the Constitution, and the first party system, and his untimely death at the hand of Aaron Burr in the nation's most infamous political duel.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers follow episode 19 on "print culture" with a discussion about printers in early America, including the fiscal and political challenges of being a printer, their role in curating and circulating information, and how the occupation changed after the Revolution.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Jonathan Wilson explore "print culture" in early America, including its increasing role throughout the period from colonial society and the imperial resistance to the American Revolution and the early republic.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Liz Covart discuss a question that arose from a keynote talk by Woody Holton at the recent Massachusetts Historical Society conference on the American Revolution, i.e., "Is there an 'originality crisis' in American Revolution scholarship?"
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Liz Covart discuss the coming of the American Revolution, including both its long-term origins and short-term causes, and debate the importance of imperial identity, popular participation, ideas and ideology, and the character of the resistance movement.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Christopher Minty discuss issues relating to loyalists before, during, and after the American Revolution, including how to define a loyalist and/or loyalism, the impact of loyalists on the Revolutionary War and the impact of the war on loyalists, and the fate of loyalists in the new post-revolutionary world.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Liz Covart discuss the history of popular protest in early America, including the moral economy of the colonial period, the Stamp Act riots and the development of protest during the imperial crisis, and Shays' Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion in the early republic.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft revisit a classic work in the field of early American history, Bernard Bailyn's The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, first published in 1967.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Declaration of Independence, including why it took so long to achieve independence, the utility of the document itself, and strategies for teaching the Declaration.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Sara Damiano discuss how female gender roles changed from the colonial period through the American Revolution, as well as the ways in which gender historians approach archival sources and approaches to teaching gender history.
In honor of President's Day, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss issues related to the development of the Presidency in the early republic, including the initial defining of the office by Federalists and John Adams' and Thomas Jefferson's challenges in navigating that office, as well as the role of the Presidency in public memory.
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ben Park discuss Thomas Paine, including reconsidering the importance of his most famous work, "Common Sense," his life as an eighteenth-century transatlantic radical, and his legacy today compared to that of the other "founders."
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Continental Congress, including a number of recent popular histories about it, its popular and academic historiography, and various aspects of its importance.
Kenneth Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss different aspects of religion in early America, including its relationship with the American Revolution as well as historiographical developments and pedagogical practices.
Kenneth Owen, Michael D. Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Eric Herschthal, of The Junto blog, discuss recent academic trends in the history of the American Revolution incuding questions regarding periodization, Atlantic and global contexts, the limits of "republicanism," and the value of recovering "lived experience."
Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers engage in a wide-ranging discussion on academic historians' relationship with popular history, particularly what lies behind the appeal of the most popular works of history, the role of popular history in the classroom, and how academic historians can reach a broader audience beyond the friendly confines of academia.