Harrison Podcast



A Podcast Centered Around William Henry Harrison, the One-Month President


  • 047 – Old Hickory and Old Tip - Harrison Podcast

    19/12/2017 Duração: 18min

    Though never personal, throughout the course of the early 19th century, Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison found their lives intertwined for decades, through war and peace. Though they often found themselves in competition, there were also some rare instances where they could be found on the same side, and the story of their relationship … Continue reading 047 – Old Hickory and Old Tip →

  • 046 – Fort Hill and Beethoven’s Crazy Racist Cousin - Harrison Podcast

    03/12/2017 Duração: 14min

    Join me on a tour of Fort Hill, the home of John C Calhoun who served as the 7th vice president. Even more so than many of Harrison and Clay’s other contemporaries, Calhoun leaves a difficult legacy for students of history to consider as his concepts of nullification, states’ rights, and slavery as a ‘positive … Continue reading 046 – Fort Hill and Beethoven’s Crazy Racist Cousin →

  • 045 – The Compromiser’s Last Bow - Harrison Podcast

    19/11/2017 Duração: 38min

    Though progressing into his seventh decade of life, Henry Clay was pulled back into the public sphere as the nation’s new president, James K Polk, led the nation into war with Mexico. Despite ill health and personal issues, Clay aimed one more time for the Executive Mansion and instead found himself being called to the … Continue reading 045 – The Compromiser’s Last Bow →

  • 044 – GTH: How Texas Kept Clay From the White House - Harrison Podcast

    05/11/2017 Duração: 33min

    John Tyler’s unexpected ascendancy to the presidency causes both Whigs and Democrats to think and rethink their strategies for the 1844 presidential election. Presumptive candidates Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren prepare to lead their respective parties into the general campaign, but for both, complications arise that threaten their political futures as the ambitious new … Continue reading 044 – GTH: How Texas Kept Clay From the White House →

  • 043 – With Friends Like These - Harrison Podcast

    22/10/2017 Duração: 25min

    He may have lost in 1832, but that didn’t mean that Henry Clay lost his desire for the presidency. As 1836 and 1840 neared, each time, the gentleman from Kentucky had to decide whether to go for the gold once more. However, he would find the way in both contests littered with other Whig contenders … Continue reading 043 – With Friends Like These →

  • 042 – Years of Striving - Harrison Podcast

    08/10/2017 Duração: 22min

    After the defeat in 1828, the pro-Adams camp forms a new political party, the National Republicans, which turns to the willing and eager Henry Clay to lead them against Andrew Jackson and to carry the party banner towards victory in 1832. However, Clay will find that the presidential politics of the Jackson era are not … Continue reading 042 – Years of Striving →

  • 041 – The Jacksonians Strike Back - Harrison Podcast

    24/09/2017 Duração: 22min

    After four years of the Adams administration, the voters go to the polls once more in 1828 as Andrew Jackson once more challenges the man from Massachusetts. However, the President’s supporters, including his Secretary of State Henry Clay, soon learn that the nature of politics has greatly changed since 1824, and if they hope to … Continue reading 041 – The Jacksonians Strike Back →

  • 040 – Like a Not So Good Neighbor - Harrison Podcast

    14/08/2017 Duração: 34min

    The State Department under Henry Clay attempts to make its pivot to a focus on Latin America, but in its engagement with other nations in the Western Hemisphere, the nation’s diplomatic office stumbles and at times falls completely short. Clay struggles to deal with overzealous diplomats, turbulent situations on the ground, and British intrigues to … Continue reading 040 – Like a Not So Good Neighbor →

  • 039 – South of the Border - Harrison Podcast

    01/08/2017 Duração: 28min

    Before delving into the Adams administration’s foreign policy in Latin America, this episode takes us on a very high level overview of the Latin American Wars of Independence. From the Rio de la Plata to Mexico City, and from Quito to Rio de Janeiro, we explore the hows and whys various Spanish and Portuguese Americans … Continue reading 039 – South of the Border →

  • One Year Anniversary Special Episode - Harrison Podcast

    16/07/2017 Duração: 11min

    In honor of my one year anniversary of podcasting, I did this special episode to run simultaneously on the Presidencies of the United States to share a little bit about how I got started podcasting, some information about our audience, and a chance for you to be entered into a drawing for a gift card … Continue reading One Year Anniversary Special Episode →

  • 038 – The Nation’s Chief Diplomat - Harrison Podcast

    02/07/2017 Duração: 21min

    Henry Clay takes over the State Department and finds he has big shoes to fill coming in after John Quincy Adams. As he assumes his duties, he is forced to deal with personal tragedy, poor health, and difficult diplomatic negotiations. Though scoring some wins abroad as new treaties are entered into, Clay only meets with … Continue reading 038 – The Nation’s Chief Diplomat →

  • 037 – The Compromiser is Compromised - Harrison Podcast

    22/06/2017 Duração: 29min

    Henry Clay’s desire for the presidency grows as 1824 nears, but before he can try for that seat, he has to help hold the nation together during the Missouri Crisis and navigate through the perilous waters of personal debt. This episode takes us through James Monroe’s second term of office and the political maneuverings in … Continue reading 037 – The Compromiser is Compromised →

  • 036 – No Fear, No More - Harrison Podcast

    04/06/2017 Duração: 21min

    Henry Clay’s return from Europe following the War of 1812 marks a change both in the trajectory of the nation as well as Clay’s relationship with the Republican executive administration starting with James Monroe’s inauguration in 1819. Clay takes on Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson as he attempts to exert his influence over … Continue reading 036 – No Fear, No More →

  • 035 – Interview with Ron Shafer - Harrison Podcast

    21/05/2017 Duração: 45min

        Ron Shafer, author of The Carnival Campaign, shares his insight into the 1840 presidential campaign, some of the prominent figures and circumstances of the time, and how he feels that William Henry Harrison is the figure from the 1840 campaign that people should know more about. During the course of the interview, Ron … Continue reading 035 – Interview with Ron Shafer →

  • 034 – Mr. Speaker to Mr. Diplomat - Harrison Podcast

    13/05/2017 Duração: 21min

    The Star of the West, Henry Clay, heads east as he is appointed as a peace commissioner and sent to Ghent, Belgium to negotiate with the British to end a war that was not going all that well (except for, of course, in the campaigns led by General William Henry Harrison). Before heading off to … Continue reading 034 – Mr. Speaker to Mr. Diplomat →

  • 033 – Harry of the West - Harrison Podcast

    27/04/2017 Duração: 20min

    Clay’s early career finds him rising from being a self-proclaimed “Mill Boy of the Slashes” to being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Along the way, he obtains an education in the law in Richmond before moving to Lexington, Kentucky where he starts a family and sets off on his lengthy political career. In … Continue reading 033 – Harry of the West →

  • 032 – Westward Ho - Harrison Podcast

    18/04/2017 Duração: 20min

    Westward expansion was one of the underlying causes of the American Revolution and played a key role in early American history. In this episode, I give a quick overview of the American push towards the Pacific beginning with the trans-Appalachian west and carrying on to Texas and Oregon. This expansion would ultimately impact not just … Continue reading 032 – Westward Ho →

  • 031 – The Death Episode - Harrison Podcast

    04/04/2017 Duração: 32min

    The time has finally come for President Harrison to meet his maker. However, as with many things, the story of Harrison’s last days is not as clear cut as it’s been made out to be in history. I look at the details of his last illness as well as how 21st century medical knowledge questions … Continue reading 031 – The Death Episode →

  • 030 – Presidents on Harrison - Harrison Podcast

    12/03/2017 Duração: 18min

    We step out of the narrative for this episode and examine what evidence is in the historical record about what other presidents thought of William Henry Harrison. From the first president to the forty-third, Old Tippecanoe elicited much comment from both contemporaries and future generations. Some presidents campaigned for him. Others fought to keep him … Continue reading 030 – Presidents on Harrison →

  • 029 – The Thirty Days - Harrison Podcast

    26/02/2017 Duração: 16min

    Though the presidency of William Henry Harrison was short, the emotions of those thirty days ran the gamut. The jubilation and mirth of the inauguration quickly gave way to the frustration of trying to appease supporters with patronage. The stress got to Harrison so much that Andrew and I had to censor him on his … Continue reading 029 – The Thirty Days →

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