Episode 7 – Transcript

Episode 7 - The Over-Mountain Men Introduction Hello, and Welcome to American Legends Episode 6- The Over-Mountain Men Part 1: Origins Before the Mountain Now that we have a basic understanding of the nuances of Native American culture to work with, and a understanding of their historical perspective, I feel compelled to begin comparing their…

Episode 7 – The Overmountain Men

People tend to think about the Revolutionary War in idealistic terms. It was a gentlemen’s war, fought with clearly delineated rules of war. That usually ignores basic facts, like how during the battle of Yorktown, General Cornwallis deliberately infected escaped slaves — who were under his protection — with smallpox and sent them into the…

Episode 6 – The Campaign of 1776

After the abrupt end of the meeting between the Cherokee Nation and Richard Henderson of the Transylvania Company at Sycamore Shoals, War breaks out between the Americans and their British masters. The Cherokee must choose, side with the Americans or their British allies. Dragging Canoe leads a invasion into East Tennessee.

Episode 5 – 20 Years of Blood

This episode I discuss the events leading up to the Cherokee-American War, the conflict which tips off 20 years of conflict between settlers and Cherokee. The principle actors being Attakullakulla, Oconostota, and Dragging Canoe. I also touch on the sources for this period, and why it has languished so long in obscurity.

Episode 4 – Transcript

Episode 4: “A Cherokee History” Introduction Hello, and welcome to American Legends. Episode 4: A Cherokee History This next batch of episodes, more than I think any other, is going to typify why this period has been so hard to research and write about. To put it simply … we are going into the weeds…

Episode 4 – A Cherokee History

This week James takes a look at the Cherokee Nation, their history, and their origins. He also examines their relationships to early American settlers and dives into the Anglo-Cherokee War, a subset war within the French and Indian War. This is the first episode in the State of Franklin cycle.

Episode 3 – Transcript

Introduction Hello, and welcome to American Legends Episode 3: Robert Morris and the Financial Crisis Part 1: Who is Robert Morris? For people who haven’t mined the historical depths of the Revolution, it’s easy to be at a total loss when someone asks you, “Who is Robert Morris?” Even I, until researching for this podcast,…

Episode 3 – Robert Morris and the Financial Crisis

When people take a deep dive into the American Revolution, one  name languishes in obscurity. Was he a thief? A tory? Or was he something more? In this episode I discuss who is the man that saved the Revolution, Robert Morris. Check out the book of the week here (http://www.americanlegendspodcast.com/?page_id=49) Check out my Patreon page here (https://www.patreon.com/nerdunion) Follow…

Episode 2 – Transcript

Introduction Hello, and welcome to American Legends. Episode 2: The Treaty of Paris Part 1: The Road to Paris Only two years before the Revolutionary War began, John Adams was a lawyer and farmer situated right outside of Boston, in Braintree, Massachusetts. He was a short, portly man in his late forties. You can see…