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Footnoting History is a bi-weekly podcast series dedicated to overlooked, popularly unknown, and exciting stories plucked from the footnotes of history. The brainchild of Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, Footnoting History began airing in February 2013 and has been growing ever since. Our rotating ensemble of podcasters all possess graduate degrees in the field of history. Each historian conducts his or her own research and creates the content of their episode. We are lucky to have members with varied passions, both in terms of periods and topics, and you never know what the next episode will be about!

Footnoting History is a bi-weekly podcast series dedicated to overlooked, popularly unknown, and exciting stories plucked from the footnotes of history. The brainchild of Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, Footnoting History began airing in February 2013 and has been growing ever since. Our rotating ensemble of podcasters all possess graduate degrees in the field of history. Each historian conducts his or her own research and creates the content of their episode. We are lucky to have members with varied passions, both in terms of periods and topics, and you never know what the next episode will be about!

Location:

United States

Description:

Footnoting History is a bi-weekly podcast series dedicated to overlooked, popularly unknown, and exciting stories plucked from the footnotes of history. The brainchild of Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, Footnoting History began airing in February 2013 and has been growing ever since. Our rotating ensemble of podcasters all possess graduate degrees in the field of history. Each historian conducts his or her own research and creates the content of their episode. We are lucky to have members with varied passions, both in terms of periods and topics, and you never know what the next episode will be about!

Language:

English

Contact:

6464963620


Episodes

Footnoting Disney: Aladdin

2/7/2020
(Elizabeth) The story of Aladdin is one of the most popular and most produced of the tales from the One Thousand and One Nights (also known in English as the Arabian Nights) and, yet, it isn't actually one of the original stories. In this episode, Elizabeth explains how the story of Aladdin entered the collection, including the young Syrian man who inspired a French author to write it. Further Reading Hannā Diyāb, The Man Who Wrote Aladdin: The Life and Times of Hannā Diyāb, translated by...

Duration:00:22:07

Footnoting Disney: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1/24/2020
(Kristin) When Victor Hugo wrote his novel, Notre-Dame of Paris in 1831, the cathedral of Notre Dame was over 600 years old and crumbling. The ensuing tale was one that inspired a massive renovation project and continues to stir imaginations today. In this week’s episode, Kristin talks about the story of Hugo’s Notre-Dame of Paris and its continuing resonance with modern audiences.

Duration:01:17:58

The Forbidden Holiday

12/14/2019
(Nathan) The English Civil War of the mid-17th century ended in the beheading of King Charles I and the establishment of the Commonwealth under of Oliver Cromwell. It also marked a turning point in the celebration of Christmas in Britain and its American colonies. In this episode, we will examine the rise of Puritan groups to power in the English Parliament, their attitudes toward the moral and ritual reform of the English Church, and how these groups in Britain and the colonies sought to...

Duration:00:17:49

Haitian Revolution, Part II: ​1794-1804

11/30/2019
(Elizabeth) Between 1794 and 1804, the newly emancipated people of the colony of Saint-Domingue created a government under the leadership of Toussaint Louverture and defeated Napoleonic forces to become their own independent country. In this episode, Elizabeth explains the role of Louverture but also the international ramifications of the creation of Haiti.

Duration:01:14:51

Haitian Revolution, Part 1: 1791-1793

11/16/2019
(Elizabeth) In 1791, the enslaved people of France's wealthiest colony, Saint-Domingue, rose up for freedom. In this episode, Elizabeth examines the many factors that led to the abolition of slavery in the region now known as Haiti. The French Revolution, Kongolese leadership, social stratification, religion, and many other aspects all pay a role in what will become the first successful slave revolt of the Atlantic world.

Duration:00:22:49

The Unquiet Afterlife of Elizabeth Siddal

11/2/2019
(Christine) Following a tumultuous life entrenched in Britain's art world, Elizabeth Siddal was laid to rest in 1862, but her body's peace would be disturbed only a few years later when her coffin was reopened. Find out the story behind the disturbance of the late artist and model's earthly remains in this episode. Further Reading Laura Bradley, "Elizabeth Siddal: Drawn into the Pre-Raphaelite Circle", Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 18:2. (1992), pp. 136-145, 187. J.B....

Duration:00:18:04

History for Halloween VI

10/19/2019
(Christine, Elizabeth, Kristin, Lesley, and Lucy) Ghosts, vampires, and more lurk in this year's installment of History for Halloween. Join us for our traditional episode featuring bits of history perfect for the creepiest time of the year.

Duration:00:27:17

The Chinese Exclusion Act

10/5/2019
(Nathan) In the 19th century, the Qing government of China faced major setbacks in the wake of military conflicts with European powers, spurring economic downturn and an immigration exodus out of the country. Increasing numbers of Chinese began to arrive on the West Coast of the United States, drawn by the California Gold Rush and seeking new economic opportunities to support their extended families back in China. Soon, however, American economic conditions began to take on racist overtones,...

Duration:00:24:16

The Life and Travels of Newport Gardner

9/21/2019
(Kristin) In the 1760s, Occramer Marycoo was taken to the American colonies against his will. When he re-crossed the Atlantic in 1826, he was a free man who also went by the name Newport Gardner. In between, he was a composer, a teacher, a small-business owner, and a prominent member of Newport, Rhode Island Free African community. In this episode, Kristin follows the remarkable journey of the man, who bought his freedom and returned to Africa, known as both Occramer Marycoo and Newport...

Duration:00:20:38

Evil Humors and the Common Cold

9/7/2019
(Lucy) Ache in the head, running of the nose, and the throat being pierced by pain like a spear: medieval descriptions of common ailments are often familiar, as well as startlingly vivid. This podcast episode looks at everyday remedies in medieval Europe. From chicken and barley to spiced wine, many such remedies were delicious and nutritious. Administering medicine — from comfort food to careful concoctions — was based on both education and experience. Further Reading Winston Black, "I...

Duration:00:11:30

Revolutionary Notre-Dame de Paris

8/24/2019
(Christine and Elizabeth) In April 2019, a fire at the French cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris had people around the world glued to their news feeds and televisions. Join Christine and Elizabeth for a discussion about some significant events that took place at Notre-Dame during one of France’s most turbulent periods, the span from the French Revolution to the exile of Napoleon III. Further Reading Diana Reid Haig, Walks Through Marie Antoinette’s Paris, Ravenhall Books,...

Duration:00:28:30

The Emu War

8/10/2019
(Lesley) Of all the wars in the 20th century, no loss was more frustrating than the military operation against the emu in Western Australia in 1932. Learn about the treatment of these enormous flightless birds as an organized military formation and the subsequent disaster as no amount of military force could successfully and effectively defeat these warriors of the animal world. Further Reading Adrian Burton, "Tell me, mate, what were emus like?", Frontiers in Ecology and the...

Duration:00:15:30

An Extraordinary Medicine Called Theriac

7/27/2019
(Kristin) Theriac was a medicine of legendary origins, multiple ingredients, and a reputation for efficacy that extended for hundreds of years. It was said to be able to cure everything from migraines to the plague. In this episode, Kristin looks at some of the ingredients and processes that went into making theriac, where it could be found, who was selling it, and whether there was anything behind its extraordinary claims. Further Reading Howard Brody, “Ritual, Medicine, and the Placebo...

Duration:00:19:17

Purgatory is Not the Medium Place

7/13/2019
(Nathan) The landscape of the Christian afterlife has never been static, and over the last 2,000 years, the theology of what the hereafter looks like has evolved drastically. In this episode, we trace the origins and medieval development of one of the most significant and controversial Christian beliefs: Purgatory. Further Reading Jacques Le Goff, The Birth of Purgatory, Trans. Arthur Goldhammer., University of Chicago Press, 1986. Abagail Frey, ed. A New History of Penance. Brill,...

Duration:00:43:26

Jessie Pope, (In)Famous Poet of World War One

5/18/2019
(Elizabeth) One of the most famous poets of WWI is largely unknown today. In this episode, Elizabeth reviews the life and poems of Jessie Pope to determine who she was, why Wilfred Owen hated her so, and why we don't know more about her today.

Duration:00:17:41

The Woman Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

5/4/2019
(Lesley) The Declaration of Independence has many well-known men's names on it, especially that of John Hancock. But what of the woman whose name appears on the printed version of this auspicious document? In this episode, Lesley explores the life and role of early American printer Mary Katharine Goddard. An important contributor to the fledgling American government, Goddard's name should be better known for politics, journalism, and revolution.

Duration:00:14:15

King John and His Dogs

4/20/2019
(Kristin) King John is often remembered as one of England’s most inept and disliked rulers. By the time he was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, John lost authority, territory, and a lot of friends. Some, however, did remain loyal. In this week’s episode, Kristin looks at King John and his dogs.

Duration:00:10:38

Harlem Renaissance Man: James Weldon Johnson

4/6/2019
(Lucy) Diplomat and hymn-writer, Broadway lyricist, activist, and historian, James Weldon Johnson was an early figurehead of the NAACP. This week's episode explores his life and multifaceted legacy.

Duration:00:14:10

Henry II and Thomas Becket, Part II: Rivals

3/23/2019
(Christine) Not all friendships are meant to last, but some go the extra mile and turn into bitter rivalries. Picking up where we left off at the end of Part I, this episode follows the relationship between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket to the violent ending that left only one man standing.

Duration:00:18:58

Henry II and Thomas Becket, Part I: Friends

3/9/2019
(Christine) Being King of England isn't an easy task, but Henry II was aided by his good friend, Thomas Becket, serving as Chancellor. Then, Henry saw an opportunity to place Thomas in the highest position of power in the English church. What could go wrong?

Duration:00:16:27