The JuntoCast

The JuntoCast

The JuntoCast is a monthly podcast dedicated to roundtable discussions of issues related to early American history. Ken Owen (Host), Michael Hattem (panelist and Producer), and Roy Rogers (panelist) are usually joined by a guest panelist each month.

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Ep. 18: The Coming of the American Revolution (May 11, 2015)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Liz Covart discuss the coming of the Revolution, including both its long-term origins and short-term causes, and debate the importance of imperial identity, popular participation, ideas and ideology, and the character of the resistance movement.

Ep. 17: Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom (April 5, 2015)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers revisit a classic work of early American history, Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom (1975).

Ep. 16: Loyalists in Early America (February 27, 2015) (

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Christopher Minty discuss issues relating to loyalists and the American Revolution, including how to define a loyalist and/or loyalism, the impact of loyalists on the Revolutionary War and the impact of the war on loyalists, and the fate of loyalists in the new post-revolutionary world.

Ep. 15: Founders in Early America (January 29, 2015)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the individualism that forms the foundation of our cultural memory of the Revolution, the idea of “second-tier” or “forgotten” founders and how those tiers are constructed, and the recent redefinition of what constitutes a “founder” and its impact on how we understand the American Revolution.

Ep. 14: Popular Protest in Early America (December 19, 2014)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Liz Covart discuss popular protest in early America, including the moral economy of the colonial period, the Stamp Act riots and the development of protest during the imperial crisis, and Shays’ Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion in the early republic.

Ep. 13: Education in Early America (November 14, 2014)

  • Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft discuss education in early America, including its role in the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the early republic.

Ep. 12: Bailyn’s Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (September 29, 2014)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft revisit a classic work in the field of early American history, Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, first published in 1967.

Ep. 11: The Declaration of Independence (June 26, 2014)

  • In celebration of July 4, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Declaration of Independence, including why it took so long to achieve independence, the utility of the document itself, and strategies for teaching the Declaration.

Ep. 10: Gender in Early America (May 6, 2014)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Sara Damiano discuss how female gender roles changed from the colonial period through the American Revolution, as well as the ways in which gender historians approach archival sources and approaches to teaching gender history.

Ep. 9: The Early American Presidency (February 27, 2014)

  • In honor of President’s Day, this month’s episode features Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discussing issues related to the development of the Presidency in the early republic, including the initial defining of the office by Federalists and John Adams’ and Thomas Jefferson’s challenges in navigating that office, as well as the role of the Presidency in public memory.

Ep. 8: Thomas Paine and “Common Sense” (January 27, 2014)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ben Park discuss Thomas Paine, including reconsidering the importance of his most famous work, “Common Sense,” his life as an eighteenth-century transatlantic radical, and his legacy today compared to that of the other “founders.”

Ep. 7: The Great Awakening (December 14, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft discuss the Great Awakening, including its historiography, its relationship to the American Revolution, and its contemporary significance.

Ep. 6: The Continental Congress (November 14, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss the Continental Congress, including a number of recent popular histories about it, its popular and academic historiography, and various aspects of its importance.

Ep. 5: The Constitution (October 2, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Tom Cutterham discuss the Constitution of the United States, including recent historiography, its overall significance, and originalism.

Ep. 4: Religion in Early America (September 3, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss religion in early America, including its relationship to the American Revolution as well as historiographical developments and pedagogical practices.

Ep. 3: Teaching the U.S. History Survey (August 1, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Joseph Adelman discuss various approaches and issues regarding teaching the first half of the U.S. history survey, including where to begin, where to end, what primary and secondary sources work well, and the survey’s biggest challenges.

Ep. 2: The American Revolution (June 26, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Eric Herschthal use the recent MCEAS conference, “The American Revolution Reborn,” as a springboard to launch into a discussion on questions of periodization, Atlantic and global contexts, the limits of “republicanism,” and the value of recovering “lived experience.”

Ep. 1: Academic Historians and Popular History (May 28, 2013)

  • Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers discuss academic historians’ relationship with popular history, what lies behind the appeal of the most popular works of history, the role of popular history in the classroom, and how academic historians can reach a broader audience beyond the friendly confines of academia.

What others are saying about “The JuntoCast”

“If you don’t already follow The JuntoCast, do yourself a favor and check it out. We’re big fans!” – Omohundro Institute for Early American History & Culture (Facebook)

“If you’re not tuning into the monthly podcasts from @thejuntoblog you’re missing out.” @GWLibrary (The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington)

“This is a wonderful, fun discussion among four scholars who know their history, express themselves clearly and concisely, listen to each other, enjoy each other’s company, and build upon each other’s contribution. This is not your typical boring round-table discussion. I’d invite these folks over for dinner in a heart beat.” – Charles Z. Silverman

“These guys really know their stuff  . . . [they] do a great job and I always learn something from their conversations..” – John Fea

“The podcast provides a superb synthesis of the existing literature on women and gender in early America. It should be “required listening” for doctoral students preparing for orals.” – Rosemarie Zagarri

“[Check out the podcast] and discover why they get rave reviews!” – University of Illinois-Springfield History Department

“This is a highly informative and intellectually stimulating podcast. The panelists are insanely knowledgeable about early American history and their discussions are stimulating, engaging, and even funny. […] [They discuss] historical topics like I’d imagine expert historians engaged in an informal conversation would.” – iTunes Review

“One of the coolest features of the new blog The Junto” – Legal History Blog

“I’m not an early Americanist, but the @juntocast podcast is excellent. Has joined my regular History podcasts.” – @jaheppler

“This new podcast from @thejuntoblog on early Presidency has some good stuff for your Qs!” – Samuel Ulmschneider

“I love these podcasts, more please!” -@TammyPartridge

“Great new addition to podcastworld!” – @ArtRemillard

“Podcast on early American history, yes, please” – @camilletorres


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