Rule Eight of History: Focus on the Vices. This is true for several reasons. First and most is pragmatic: it’s the sheer entertainment value. Breaking down the history of sex, drugs, and violence captivates audiences (as mentioned in earlier podcasts). Our lizard brain deep down in the recesses of our minds are completely captivated by carnal pleasures. Secondly, vices are an innate connection to us all. While you may not have done a line of cocaine off a stripper, you at one point have ingested a stimulant, been in a fight, or been sexually aroused. Vices are to a certain extent, egalitarian in that respect. And lastly, we need to study the ways vices are suppressed throughout history. Not “what” people were doing, but “why” someone would want to stop them from doing it.
To err is human, yes?
1:46 King Phillip's War
8:55 The Business of Slavery
17:35 Bacon's Rebellion
25:22 Colonial Gambling
30:01 Birth of Sport
34:06 Salem Witch Trials
King Philip’s War
Slavery in the colonial history of the United States
Why America’s First Colonial Rebels Burned Jamestown to the Ground
A History of Gambling in the United States
Christmas in 17th-Century England and Virginia
Cultural Evolution of Sports Gambling
History of Sports in Colonial America
History of sports in the United States
A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials
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