Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Episode 005 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?


subscribe-buttonThis week at In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters, we take a close look at Robert F. Kennedy. Here’s the lineup:
1) First up, it’s a short feature on the basics of the life of RFK.
2) Next, I speak with author Larry Tye about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon (2016, Random House). Tye is the author of many best-selling biographies and he’s at his best in this new look at RFK. One of the myths he’s eager to dispel is the notion that there were two, polar opposite Bobby Kennedys – the bad boy in the 1950s who worked for Sen. Joseph McCarthy and later waged war on organized labor and the saintly good guy in the mid-1960s who fought for social justice.
3. And we bring you two remarkable audio clips from the 1960s. First, an excerpt from RFK’s 1968 speech, “The Mindless Menace of Violence” and second, Ted Kennedy’s eulogy for RFK two months later.
4. Mercy Street Rewind: Historian Megan Kate Nelson drops in for her weekly review of PBS’s historical drama, “Mercy Street,” We call this segment, Mercy Street Rewind.  This week, we talk about season 1, episode 5. PLEASE NOTE: to avoid dropping spoilers on unsuspecting listeners, this Mercy Street Rewind feature appears as a separate segment.  You’ll find it listed as MSR S1Ep05 in your iTunes cue, right after In the Past Lane Episode 005.

Larry Tye - Bobby Kennedy - book cover copy 2About Larry Tye
His website  http://larrytye.com/

Further Reading and Links

Thurston Clarke, The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America

Robert F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy in His Own Words: The Unpublished Recollections of the Kennedy Years

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Robert Kennedy and His Times

Evan Thomas, Robert Kennedy: His Life

Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon (2016, Random House).

RFK’s 1968 speech, “The Mindless Menace of Violence”

Ted Kennedy’s eulogy for RFK, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, June 8, 1968

Music

Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com)

Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)

The Womb, “I Hope It Hurts” (Free Music Archive)

Jon Luc Hefferman, “Epoch” (Free Music Archive)

The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

 

 

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Episode 004 The Abolitionist Movement & More


This week  In The Past Lane podcast brings you four segments, two of which focus on the movement to abolish slavery.
1)Thinkpiece: The Daunting Challenge of Taking on Slavery
2) Interview with Historian Manisha Sinha about her new book, The Slave’s Cause”: A History of Abolition
3) History Heads Up (history-related events to keep an eye out for) and somsubscribe-buttone fun with the upcoming President’s Day holiday
4) Mercy Street Rewind: Historian Megan Kate Nelson drops in for her weekly review of PBS’s historical drama, “Mercy Street,” We call this segment, Mercy Street Rewind.  This week, we talk about season 1, episode 4. PLEASE NOTE: to avoid dropping spoilers on unsuspecting listeners, this Mercy Street Rewind feature appears as a separate segment.  You’ll find it listed as MSR S1Ep04 in your iTunes cue, right after the In the Past Lane Episode 004.

For show credits and links – scroll down

More information about historian Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha’s new book:
Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016)

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition

The PBS “Mercy Street” blog, featuring pieces by the historical advisors to the series

Episode 004 credits:

Music:
Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com) Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

 

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Episode 003 American Prohibitions & More

This week’s episode focuses on American prohibitions. That’s right, Prohibitions in the plural. Even though Americans think of themselves as a people who have always prized individual liberty, history shows that there are MANY examples where one group of subscribe-buttonAmericans tried to stop another group of Americans from engaging in a particular behavior.  So here’s the lineup:
1. First, I interview historian Lisa McGirr about her new book, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State.
2. I also examine a little-known prohibition crusade from the early 20th century that tried to ban cigarettes.
3. Mercy Street Rewind: Historian Megan Kate Nelson drops in for her weekly review of PBS’s historical drama, “Mercy Street,” We call this segment, Mercy Street Rewind.  This week, we talk about season 1, episode 3. PLEASE NOTE: to avoid dropping spoilers on unsuspecting listeners, this Mercy Street Rewind feature appears as a separate segment.  You’ll find it listed as MSR S1Ep03 in your iTunes cue, right after the In the Past Lane Episode 003.

Episode 003 credits:

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Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com) Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

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Episode 002 The Statue of Liberty, Immigration History, & More

This week at In the Past Lane we bring you 4 features. The first two relate to immigration which, as you well know, is a major political issue in the US these days.  Here’s the lineup:
1) The first feature examines a little-known aspect of American immigration history — specifically, the story behind the Statue of Liberty and how it camsubscribe-buttone to symbolize America’s tradition of welcoming immigrants.
2) Next, I have a conversation with historian Vincent Cannato, author of , American Passage: The History of Ellis Island, about why immigration is now – and seemingly always has been – a hot-button political issue.
3) From there we turn to The History Skinny, the segment where historian Stephanie Yuhl and I examine how history has made the headlines in recent days. This week we look at stories involving the controversy over a children’s book about one of George Washington’s slaves, the decision of Amherst College to drop its mascot, “Lord Jeff,” and Hillary Clinton’s alarming explanation of Reconstruction.
4) Mercy Street Rewind: Historian Megan Kate Nelson drops in for her weekly review of PBS’s historical drama, “Mercy Street,” We call this segment, Mercy Street Rewind.  This week, we talk about season 1, episode 2. PLEASE NOTE: to avoid dropping spoilers on unsuspecting listeners, this Mercy Street Rewind feature appears as a separate segment.  You’ll find it listed as MSR S1Ep02 in your iTunes cue, right after the In the Past Lane Episode 002.

See below for episode credits, links to readings, and more.

A Sampling of Political Cartoons Featuring the Statue of Liberty

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"Dumping European Garbage" (Judge magazine, 1890) was typical of the nativist cartoons ca. 1880-1920 that used the image of Lady Liberty to condemn immigration.

“Dumping European Garbage” (Judge magazine, 1890) was typical of the nativist cartoons ca. 1880-1920 that used the image of Lady Liberty to condemn immigration.

Suggested Readings:

Vincent Cannato, American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

Elizabeth Mitchell, Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty

Edward Berenson, The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story (Yale, 2012).

John Higham, “The Transformation of the Statue of Liberty,” in John Higham, Send These to Me: Immigrants in Urban America (Johns Hopkins, 1984).

Yasmin Sabina Khan, Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty (Cornell, 2010).

The New York Times, October 28, 1886.

 

Music Credits for Episode 002
Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com)
Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

A 1919 cartoon warning that the US is threatened by the immigration of European radicals.

Music:
Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy, JayGMusic.com) Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)
Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)
Andy Cohen, “Trophy Endorphins” (Free Music Archive)
The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

This cartoonist used the State of Liberty to highlight the argue that Chinese immigrants threatened the nation.

This cartoonist used the State of Liberty to highlight the argue that Chinese immigrants threatened the nation.