American Money, Parts I and II: Antebellum Through Reconstruction – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 396

The first episode of our miniseries on money itself during the Second Industrial Revolution in the United States. Bill and Rachel pose philosophical questions on the nature of money and look at changes in US monetary policy from the Antebellum period through 1876.

Links and notes for Ep. 396 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/American-Money-Parts-I-and-II_-Antebellum-Through-Reconstruction-Arsenal-For-Democracy-Ep-396.pdf

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[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 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.

[Unlocked] July 6, 2021 – Steam Donkey – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 387

Bill and Rachel ask: What is a steam donkey?

Links and notes for Ep. 387 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bonus-AFD-Ep-387-Links-and-Notes-Steam-Donkey.pdf

Past Patreon episodes will soon be unlocked and bonus episodes are ending for now. You can still support the show for $3/month on Patreon.

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May 23, 2021 – The Sugar Trust – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 376

Description: From 1887 to 1921, sugar refining in the United States was dominated by a near-monopoly. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 376 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-376-Links-and-Notes-The-Sugar-Trust.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.