S4 E1: Rich Man’s Revolt

January 8, 2020

In the American Revolution, the men who revolted were among the wealthiest and most comfortable people in the colonies. What kind of revolution was it, anyway? Was it about a desire to establish democracy—or something else?

By producer/host John Biewen with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Davy Arch, Barbara Duncan, Rob Shenk, and Woody Holton. Edited by Loretta Williams.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Download a transcript of the episode.

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5 comments on “S4 E1: Rich Man’s Revolt

  1. the more I learn about our country the more repulsed I feel….

  2. Rachel Jan 21, 2020

    I wish that there was some way to ensure that this “full” history was what was taught in school instead of the watered down pro-white version we all learned. Thank you for your deep dive into this subject, just as I thank you for your other topics in past seasons. I have learned so much and it has sparked in me a desire to learn more of the real stories rather than the simplified ones.

    • Episode 1 was thought provoking and really challenges the fables we tell ourselves as to the origins of this country. I look forward to the rest of s4.

  3. this entire podcast went in one ear and out the other, anyone know a better way to actually understand podcasts?

  4. Alice Coblentz Feb 3, 2020

    I am always happy to learn so much from your podcasts.
    I didn’t hear in my first listen to this episode that the Cherokee kept slaves – it’s true. While you emphasized that indigenous tribes of North America have much to teach us about representative government and were not perfect, it would be good to include that among their imperfections. I learned this listening to another podcast “This Land”, which tells of a history well worth learning and a case currently before the Supreme Court with huge implications for native people.