August 1921: The Battle of Blair Mountain – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 394

Description: One hundred years ago this week, the Battle of Blair Mountain was in full swing in West Virginia as thousands of heavily armed union miners fought dug-in pro-owner militias. Bill and Rachel examine.

Links and notes for Ep. 394 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AFD-Ep-394-Links-and-Notes-August-1921-Centennial-Battle-of-Blair-Mountain.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

August 1921: FDR Becomes Paralyzed – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 393

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt’s career before his paralysis in August 1921 and how he dealt with his lifelong disability thereafter.

Links and notes for Ep. 393: http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AFD-Ep-393-Links-and-Notes-August-1921-FDR-becomes-paralyzed.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Unlocked] The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 367

Unlocked from our Patreon for a vacation week. Bill and Rachel found the most amazing, still-active web 1.0 history website, and now we can tell you all about the sweeping implications of the transatlantic telegraph cable of 1866. (Originally released April 2021.)

Links and notes for Ep. 367 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Bonus-AFD-Ep-367-Links-and-Notes-The-Transatlantic-Telegraph-Cable.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Aug 8, 2021 – Horse Power – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 392

Description: Life in the big American city of the 19th century included an endless sea of horses, and it was not a very pleasant situation for anyone, including the horses. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley explore.

Notes and links for Ep. 392 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AFD-Ep-392-Links-and-Notes-Horse-Power.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Aug 1, 2021 – Industrialization of Glassware – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 391

Description: It took a while to figure out how to mass-produce glassware, given the complexity of it, but that had profound implications on the lives of American consumers and workers. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss. (This is the Mason Jars episode, among other things.)

Links and notes for Ep. 391 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AFD-Ep-391-Links-and-Notes-Industrialization-of-Glassware.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

July 25, 2021 – The US Intervention in the Russian Civil War – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 390

Description: In 1918, against better judgment and with few achievable goals, the US intervened militarily in the Russian Civil War in Siberia and Archangel. Almost immediately, everyone knew it was a disaster. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel examine it.

Links and notes for Ep. 390 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-390-Links-and-Notes-US-Intervention-in-the-Russian-Civil-War.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

July 18, 2021 – Pneumatic Tubes – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 389

Description: For a brief moment in time, during the transition from the first to the second industrial revolution, it looked like pneumatic tubes might be the next wave of the future. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 389 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-389-Links-and-Notes-Pneumatic-Tubes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.