Archive for July, 2012
The History Guys explore the changing meanings of American Exceptionalism, tracing it from the Founders through the presidential election of 2012.
In this episode, the History Guys explore the rise – and fall – of our postal system. We consider the Post Office as a place where First Amendment dramas unfold and we take a ride on the Pony Express.
Marriage–the laws, as well as social conventions, and expectations surrounding it–have long been subject to change. In this hour of BackStory, we commit ourselves to unpacking the history of the institution and its shifting definitions in America.
In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn’t an official holiday at all. In fact, it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. So how did the Fourth become the holiest day on our secular calendar?