Monthly Archives: April 2017

033 – Source Notes

John Randolph of Roanoke by John Wesley Jarvis (c. 1811), courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Audio editing for this episode done by Andrew Pfannkuche (

  • Cheney, Richard B, and Lynne V Cheney. Kings of the Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed the Course of American History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996 [1983].
  • Fischer, David Hackett. The Revolution of American Conservatism: The Federalist Party in the Era of Jeffersonian Democracy. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
  • Garland, Hugh A. The Life of John Randolph of Roanoke Vol. I. St Clair Shores, MI: Scholarly Press, 1970 [1849].
  • Hickey, Donald. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
  • Quisenberry, A C. The Life and Times of Hon. Humphrey Marshall. Winchester, KY: Sun Publishing Co, 1892.
  • Remini, Robert V. Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union. New York: W W Norton & Co, 1991.
  • Remini, Robert V. The House: The History of the House of Representatives. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
  • Rutland, Robert Allen. The Presidency of James Madison. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1990.
  • Urofsky, Melvin I. A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.
  • White, Leonard D. The Jeffersonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1801-1829. New York: Macmillan Co, 1956.

033 – Harry of the West

Henry Clay by Matthew Harris Jouett (c. 1818), courtesy of Wikipedia

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 this, the first in a series of episodes on the man who would become known as the Great Compromiser, we get a glimpse of some of the political divides that would ultimately lead into the Second Party System as well as the growing public discussion and debate over the issue of slavery which would define so much of both Clay’s public and private life. Resources used in this episode can be found at

032 – Source Notes

US Territorial Expansion Map from the US National Atlas, courtesy of the US government
The United States 1792-1795, courtesy of Golbez and Wikipedia
Map of US Indian Removal, courtesy of Nikater and Wikipedia
Oregon Country/Columbia District, 1816-1846, courtesy of Wikipedia
Political Divisions of Mexico and Texas, 1836-1845, courtesy of Giggette and Wikipedia

Audio editing for this episode was done by Andrew Pfannkuche (

  • Abernethy, Thomas P. The South in the New Nation 1789-1819. [Baton Rouge, LA]: Louisiana State University Press, 1961.
  • Anderson, Fred. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2000.
  • Cayton, Andrew R L. “’Separate Interests’ and the Nation-State: The Washington Administration and the Origins of Regionalism in the Trans-Appalachian West.” The Journal of American History. 79:1. Jun 1992. p. 39-67.
  • Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life. New York: Penguin Press, 2010.
  • Davidson, James West, et al. Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, Volume One: To 1877. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill College, 1999 [1990].
  • Fehrenbach, T R. Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans. New York: Collier Books, 1968.
  • Hall, Kermit L, ed., et al. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Inskeep, Steve. Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab. New York: Penguin Press, 2015.
  • Langguth, A J. Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011 [2010].
  • Latimer, Jon. 1812: War With America. Cambridge, MA and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
  • Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War, 1835-1842, Revised Edition. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1991 [1967].
  • Remini, Robert V. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy, 1833-1845. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.
  • Remini, Robert V. Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union. New York and London: W W Norton & Co, 1991.
  • Utter, William T. The History of the State of Ohio: Volume II, The Frontier State 1803-1825. Carl Wittke, ed. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1968 [1942].
  • White, Leonard D. The Federalists: A Study in Administrative History. New York: Macmillan Co, 1948.
  • White, Leonard D. The Jeffersonians: A Study in Administrative History, 1801-1829. New York: Macmillan Co, 1956.

032 – Westward Ho

Fort Laramie by Alfred Jacob Miller (c. 1858-1860), courtesy of the Walters Art Museum

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 the settlers making the move but also the native peoples already in the area as well as have ramifications for the 19th century geopolitical landscape. Source information and handy maps for reference can be found at

031 – Source Notes

The final resting place of William Henry and Anna Symmes Harrison, image courtesy of your humble host, Jerry Landry
  • Adams, Charles Francis, ed. Memoirs of John Quincy Adams, Comprising Portions of His Diary From 1795 to 1848: Vol. X. Philadelphia: J B Lippincott & Co, 1876.
  • “President Harrison’s Last Illness.” The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. 25:2, 18 Aug 1841, p. 25-32.
  • “Report of the Treatment of the late President Harrison.” The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. 25:2, 18 Aug 1841, p. 36.
  • “Demulcent.” Merriam-Webster Online. [Last Accessed: 24 March 2017]
  • Emerich, M; Braeunig, M; Clement, H W; Lüdtke, R; and Huber, R. “Mode of action of cupping – Local metabolism and pain thresholds in neck pain patients and healthy subjects.” Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 22:1, Feb 2014, p. 148-158.
  • “The Funeral Ceremonies.” Niles’ Weekly Register Jeremiah Hughes, ed. 10 Apr 1841, Fifth Series, Vol 10, No 6: 86-87.
  • Green, James A. William Henry Harrison: His Life and Times. Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, 1941.
  • McHugh, James; and Philip A Mackowiak. “Death in the White House: President William Henry Harrison’s Atypical Pneumonia.” Clinical Infectious Diseases. 59:7. Oct 2014. P. 990-995.
  • Miller, Thomas. “Case of the Late William H. Harrison, President of the United States.” The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. 24:17, 2 Jun 1841, p. 261-267.
  • Peterson, Norma Lois. The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison & John Tyler. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1989.
  • Seale, William. The President’s House: A History, Volume One. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association, 1986.
  • Shafer, Ronald G. The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2016.
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Nicholas Meyer, dir. Paramount Pictures. 1982.
  • Villanueva, Jari. “The Story of Taps: 24 Notes That Tap Deep Emotions.” Berkeley Plantation. 2016. 1 Apr 2017. <>.

The opening music for this episode was “Taps (in the key of B flat)” performed by a member of the US Army Band courtesy of Wikipedia and, if you would like to view the lyrics as well as give it another listen, the YouTube video for HARRISON! An(other) American musical.

031 – The Death Episode

Death of Harrison by Currier and Ives [c. 1841] courtesy of the Library of Congress
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 the diagnosis of pneumonia as his cause of death. Also, I spend some time on the idea of legacy and a few ways, both directly and tangentially, Harrison’s life and death contributed to the future. Source information for his episode can be found at