Cheers and Jeers: Show Segments
The following are individual show segments included in the BackStory episode “Cheers and Jeers” broadcast in June of 2012. You can listen to the entire episode here.
Rumming with the Devil
After a perusal of Benjamin Franklin’s Drinker’s Dictionary, Peter talks with historian Sarah Meacham about how the drink of choice in revolutionary America switched from cider to rum.
As Dry As a Nun’s Gusset?
The History Guys riff on why the temperance movement caught on and flourished.
Brian and Peter chat with political scientist James Morone about how nativism and racism shaped the national movement towards Prohibition.
Historian Peter Mancall talks with Ed about about American Indians and the tumult in their cultures precipitated by the arrival of alcohol.
The History Guys take calls from listeners with questions that need answers.