Monthly Archives: December 2020

S008 – Source Notes



Special thanks to Andrew Pfannkuche for this audio editing assistance and to Dave Broker of the Industrial Revolutions Podcast, Kenny Ryan of the [Abridged] Presidential Histories podcast, and my husband Alex for providing the intro quotes for this episode!

  • Chernow, Ron. Grant. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.
  • CQ Press. Guide to U.S. Elections, Fifth Edition, Volume II. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2005.
  • Flick, Alexander Clarence. Samuel Jones Tilden: A Study in Political Sagacity. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1963 [1939].
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006 [2005].
  • Hancock, Almira R. Reminiscences of Winfield Scott Hancock. New York: Charles L Webster & Co, 1887.
  • Holt, Michael F. By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008.
  • Hoogenboom, Ari. Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior & President. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1995.
  • Jordan, David M. Winfield Scott Hancock: A Soldier’s Life. Bloomington, IN and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996 [1988].
  • McFeely, William S. Grant: A Biography. New York and London: WW Norton & Co, 1982 [1981].
  • McGuiness, Colleen, ed. American Leaders 1789-1994: A Biographical Summary. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1994.
  • McPherson, James M. Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction, Third Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2001 [1982].
  • Morris, Roy, Jr. Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
  • Muzzey, David Saville. James G. Blaine: A Political Idol of Other Days. Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1963 [1934].
  • Nevins, Allan. Hamilton Fish: The Inner History of the Grant Administration. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co, 1936.
  • Office of the Historian, United States House of Representatives. “Party Divisions of the House of Representatives, 1789 to Present.” United States House of Representatives. https://history.house.gov/Institution/Party-Divisions/Party-Divisions/. [Last Accessed: 24 Nov 2020]
  • Smith, Jean Edward. Grant. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
  • Tarr, David R, et al. Guide to U.S. Elections, Sixth Edition, Volume I. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.
  • Urofsky, Melvin I. A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume I: To 1877. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.
  • Van Deusen, Glyndon G. Horace Greeley: Nineteenth-Century Crusader. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1953.
  • Williams, T Harry, ed. Hayes: The Diary of a President, 1875-1881. New York: David McKay Co Inc, 1964.
  • Witcover, Jules. Party of the People: A History of the Democrats. New York: Random House, 2003.

Featured Image: “The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission” by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett, courtesy of Wikipedia


S008 – Transition Gone Wrong



Year(s) Discussed: 1875-1877

Though the US takes pride in the regular practice of peaceful transitions of power from one presidency to the next, sometimes the transition is not quite so peaceful, especially when the results are in dispute. Such was the case in the aftermath of the presidential election of 1876 where, for months, allegations flew back and forth, political leaders across the nation exerted their influence in favor of their chosen candidate, members of both parties prepared for armed confrontation, and no one could predict whether Samuel J Tilden or Rutherford B Hayes would end up being the nineteenth president of the United States. Source notes for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Images: “Rutherford B Hayes” [c. 1865-1880], courtesy of Wikipedia and “Samuel Jones Tilden” [c. 1860-1886], courtesy of Wikipedia


3.25 – Source Notes



Special thanks to Howard and Jess from Plodding Through the Presidents for providing the intro quote for this episode!

  • “Certificate of Sale and Manumission of John Freeman, 23 July 1804,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-0131. [Last Accessed: 7 Nov 2020]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Fourth Annual Message, 8 November 1804,” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202713. [Last Accessed: 10 Nov 2020]
  • Johnson, David. John Randolph of Roanoke. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
  • Johnson, Herbert A. The Chief Justiceship of John Marshall, 1801-1835. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1997.
  • Kirk, Russell. John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics, With Selected Speeches and Letters, Fourth Edition. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 1997 [1951].
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2017-2020. http://presidencies.blubrry.com.
  • Linklater, Andro. An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. New York: Walker Publishing Co, 2009.
  • Lomask, Milton. Aaron Burr: The Years from Princeton to Vice President 1756-1805. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson the President First Term, 1801-1805: Jefferson and His Time, Volume Four. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1970.
  • Matthews, Marty D. Forgotten Founder: The Life and Times of Charles Pinckney. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2004.
  • McGrath, Tim. James Monroe: A Life. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020.
  • Paul, Joel Richard. Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times. New York: Riverhead Books, 2018.
  • Presser, Stephen B. “Chase, Samuel.” The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Kermit L Hall, ed. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. p. 137-139.
  • Smith, Jean Edward. John Marshall: Definer of a Nation. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1996.
  • “TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1804, 4 o’clock, P. M.” Senate Journal. Library of Congress. https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(sj003516)). [Last Accessed: 7 Nov 2020]

Featured Image: “Areas involved in the Yazoo-Georgia land scandal” [c. 1915], courtesy of Wikipedia


3.25 – What’s Next



Year(s) Discussed: 1801-1805

As James Monroe set off for his new special mission to Spain, a new congressional session began with Democratic-Republicans aiming to settle a long-standing issue as well as put their mark on the judiciary branch. However, they would find that their plans quickly went awry, and the events of early 1805 would have impacts on Jefferson’s second term and beyond. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Image: “John Randolph” by Gilbert Stuart [c. 1804-1805], courtesy of Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band