When presenting an episodic look at American history, I have done my best to flesh out every decade, if not every year, of our history books. Usually, this is not a problem as there are enough stories and anecdotes to stuff every show. I end up having to record extra content as I refuse to trim the fat of our history. But I must be honest with you; it's been a rough one this time around. There are not many events that made a more massive splash on the historical scene in the early 18th century, at least in terms of the United States. That is not to say that critical things did not happen, especially in the global scheme of things, but the content in today's episode will skip around quite a bit. We even almost work our way up to the American Revolution.
Also, let me backtrack a second. If she is listening, my beautiful wife is rolling her eyes because I used the phrase "I must be honest with you." This, of course, implies that I have not been honest up to this point and can trivialize my narrative up to this point. She works in sales, and she deals in lies like currencies. But as a historian, our trades are not that different. Every historical figure is a salesperson trying to sell you their narrative. And as detectives, we need to determine if we accept the lies as truth and find the truth.
2:21 Prostitution Part One
7:10 Virginia Slave Codes
14:14 New York Slave Revolt
17:10 Stono Rebellion
25:26 Samuel Johnson
32:21 The First Great Awakening
The History of Prostitution Reform in the United States
Were There Sex Shops in the Time of George Washington?
Recognizing What Women Done Did
Slavery in Virginia and the 1705 Virginia Slave Act
New York slave rebellion of 1712
Samuel Johnson (American educator)
The First Great Awakening