Growing Patriots

Growing Patriots

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July 2, 2020 30 min
The first shot has been fired, and American colonists are ready to fight for their liberty. Delegates from all 13 colonies meet to figure out how to win their freedom- and what to do once they have it!
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The first shot is fired and revolution is on! It's one of the most important shots ever fired- but who fired it? Why? How was it heard around the world?
Since we recorded this in the middle of a pandemic, Amelia is going solo for this quick minisode.
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Words were a huge part of how America became free. Pamphlets, speeches, letters, and documents changed people's minds, but they were also dangerous! Today, we're joined by a free expression expert to talk about what words did to make us free- and why that still matters.
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March 16, 2020 22 min
"The British are coming!"
Is that really what Paul Revere said? Who was with him? In this episode, we find out what happened on the night of April 18, 1775- and what it meant for American history.
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What was Christmas like during the time of the American Revolution? Did soldiers have time to celebrate? What about people at home? We find out in this special episode!
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November 27, 2019 17 min
How was Thanksgiving celebrated at the time of the American Revolution? Did soldiers celebrate differently than civilians? In this special episode, we find out!
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November 18, 2019 22 min
After Britain imposed the Intolerable Acts, the American Colonies decided something had to be done. Representatives from the different colonies met in Philadelphia for a Continental Congress to decide what that should be. In this episode, we get all of the details from a true expert!
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September 18, 2019 17 min
After the Boston Tea Party, Britain wanted to punish the American colonies. They passed a series of laws that became known as the Intolerable Acts or Coercive Acts. They were supposed to prove to the colonists that they were in charge, but do you think the colonists obeyed? Find out in this episode!
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August 23, 2019 33 min
When Britain taxed tea, colonists proved that they meant it when they said "no taxation without representation!" In December of 1773, patriots snuck onto a ship carrying tea into Boston and threw it into the harbor. Hear all about how that happened, why, and what happened next.
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July 31, 2019 20 min
Things just kept getting worse between Britain and the American Colonies, and tensions boil over in Boston in what is now called "The Boston Massacre." How the people reacted is just as important as how it happened. Find out all the details in this episode!
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Britain had to pay for the French and Indian War and, through things like the Stamp Act, were raising taxes on American Colonists to do it. The colonists didn't think it was fair that they could be taxed when their voices weren't even being heard by the British- they weren't being represented. The cry of "no taxation without representation" took hold in the American Colonies, and the idea that people deserved to...
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June 13, 2019 15 min
After the French and Indian War, Great Britain needed to raise money. They did that by taxing the American colonies- without giving colonists any say in it. Here comes trouble between Britain and the American Colonies, and the colonists' favorite saying: "no taxation without representation."
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American colonists fought with the British army in The French and Indian War, but we don't talk about it much anymore. Today, we have an expert from Fort Ticonderoga, which was really important during the war, to tell us all about why it mattered so much.
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December 22, 2018 15 min
Two things I love are Christmas and learning about colonial America, so I am crazy about this episode. Matt Arthur from Tryon Palace in North Carolina joins us to answer Christmas questions from the incredible 6 year-old Ella.

In this episode, learn all about how Christmas was celebrated in Colonial times.
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December 6, 2018 14 min
With Hanukkah celebrations underway around the world, we're taking some time this week to talk about how Jewish holidays were celebrated in colonial America. 12 year-old Zachary joins us with questions about holidays and Jewish culture, and Andrew Porwancher, history professor with the University of Oklahoma, joins us to answer them!
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November 21, 2018 24 min
In this Thanksgiving special, we talk about Thanksgiving! How did it start, and how did it become the holiday as we know it today? Plus, did Virginia have the REAL first Thanksgiving, not the Pilgrims, like we've always thought?
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November 13, 2018 31 min
What did people read in the colonial era? How were books printed? How else the the written word shape early America? This week, we're joined by an expert from the American Antiquarian Society to answer these questions and more on books and reading in colonial times!
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November 2, 2018 17 min
Did colonial kids celebrate Halloween? What other things did colonists celebrate at this time of year? We find out in this special episode!
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October 26, 2018 33 min
This week, we talk about how people celebrated special events in colonial times. Holidays, weddings, special occasions- how were they like today, and how were they different?
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October 17, 2018 24 min
I have been looking forward to this episode for MONTHS. Neal Hurst, assistant curator for textiles and costumes from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is here to tell us everything about what people wore in colonial times. The questions from 7-year old Mazarine are some of my favorites ever, too! I hope you like this one as much as I do!
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