[Preview] Feb 23, 2021 – The American Protective League feat. @housetrotter – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 353

Full episode on Patreon: During WWI, a Chicago ad man pitched the Bureau of Investigation on a volunteer secret police, which grew to nearly 300,000 unpaid agents and foreshadowed strategies of the later US intelligence state. Friend of the show Ben aka @housetrotter joins Bill and Rachel to discuss.

Feb 21, 2021 – Helen Keller Was a Radical Leftist – Arsenal for Democracy Ep. 352

Description: The sanitized grade school version of Helen Keller removes her lifelong socialism and IWW activism. Kelley, Rachel, and Bill discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 352 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/AFD-Ep-352-Links-and-Notes-Helen-Keller-was-a-Radical-Leftist.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Feb 17, 2021 – The Natural Ice Trade – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 351

This week’s bonus episode on Patreon: In the early 19th century, the New England region of the United States emerged as the global leader of a lucrative new industry that would change the world: Harvesting and transporting ice from ponds and rivers. Nate and Bill discuss.

Feb 14, 2021 – The Lavender Scare feat. John Leavitt – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 350

Description: In the late 1940s and 1950s, Republicans desperate to regain control of the federal government and roll back the New Deal launched a massive purge and witch-hunt of gay federal employees. Guest John Leavitt joins Bill and Rachel to discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 350 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/AFD-Ep-350-Links-and-Notes-John-Leavitt-on-the-Lavender-Scare.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Feb 9, 2021 – State-Level Labor Law, Part II – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 349

Bill and Rachel examine what an 1842 Massachusetts court decision can tell us about the process of industrialization and the emergence of labor unions and what parallels we can draw for modern gig workers. Full episode for subscribers on Patreon.

[Unlocked] Feb 2, 2021 – Early US Rail Electrification (feat. Justin from WTYPP) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 347

Bonus episode: Justin from “Well There’s Your Problem” joins Bill in our time machine to travel to the far-distant technologically-advanced United States in 1938, when the US was the global leader in railroad electrification. Subscribe at Patreon.

Notes for Ep. 347 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Bonus-AFD-Ep-347-Links-and-Notes-Early-US-Rail-Electrification-feat-Justin-from-WTYPP.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Jan 31, 2021 – Floyd B. Olson and the 1934 Minneapolis Strike – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 346

Description: In 1930, Depression-era Minnesota elected friendly radical and syndicalist Floyd B. Olson as Governor. In 1934, he was forced to declare martial law to protect communist Teamsters from Minneapolis police and business militias. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 346 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD-Ep-346-Links-and-Notes-The-1934-Minneapolis-Strike-and-Floyd-B-Olson.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.