Episode 44: Massachusetts: 1,100 Strongly-Worded Letters with Kaben Kramer
In this episode, Sharon tells Kaben Kramer about the best letter-writer of all time, Abigail Adams. Born and raised in the great state of Massachusetts, Abigail wrote over 1,100 letters to her husband, President John Adams, throughout his political career. Her words packed a punch, and her letters frequently persuaded her husband to advocate for women’s rights and condemn slavery on the floors of our new nation’s Congress. Abigail was a trusted wife, loving mother, charitable educator, smallpox inculcator, ammunition maker, and at times, she was referred to as “Mrs. President.” Join Sharon and Kaben as they discuss the incredible life and legacy of Abigail Adams.See the full show notes
Episode 43: Taking Paris & Writing Bestsellers with Martin Dugard
In this episode, Sharon is joined by Martin Dugard, a fellow history buff and the bestselling author of “Taking Paris” and “Killing Lincoln.” Martin and Sharon discuss why history is anything but boring and talk about Martin’s latest book “Taking Paris.” As well, Sharon and Martin discuss their love of history and learning, and Martin explains how he ended up in a Zambian prison while conducting research for one of his books.See the full show notes
Episode 42: Maryland: The Man Who Gave America its Anthem with Sharon McMahon
In this episode, Sharon talks about Francis Scott Key, whose best-known contribution to American history was writing the Star-Spangled Banner. We all know the words “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave,” but what do we know about the man who penned them? Listen to learn the true legacy of a man with drastically incongruent convictions about matters of national security, including war and slavery.See the full show notes
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