Ep10 – Mail Order Brides

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They’ve been arriving from afar for centuries, but you won’t find them on Amazon with two-day shipping. We are wrapping up season 1 with the long and sorted history of mail-order brides. Who were the first mail-order brides? What circumstances sparked this phenomenon? And how has the mail-order bride industry changed over time?

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Sources:

Bommersbach, Jana. “Mail-Order Brides: Rosy-Cheeked Girls Stamp out Loneliness in the West.” True West Magazine, True West Magazine, 3 Aug. 2015, truewestmagazine.com/mail-order-brides/.“Go West, Young Woman!” Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institute, 2018, postalmuseum.si.edu/Mail-OrderBrides/whenandwhere.html.
Lloyd, Kathryn A. “Wives for Sale: The Modern International Mail-Order Bride Industry.” Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2000, https://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1512&context=njilb.
“Mail Order Brides: A History of Love in the Wild West.” Ancestral Findings, Ancestral Findings, LLC, 23 Sept. 2018, ancestralfindings.com/mail-order-brides-a-history-of-love-in-the-wild-west/.
McAndrew, Frank T. “‘Mail Order Brides’ Still Exist: Is a ‘Mail Order Marriage’ Doomed to Be a Bad Match?” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 4 Nov. 2015, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-ooze/201511/mail-order-brides-still-exist.
“A Short History of Jamestown.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2018, www.nps.gov/jame/learn/historyculture/a-short-history-of-jamestown.htm.
Simpson, Kelly. “Japanese Picture Brides: Building a Family through Photographs.” KCET, Public Media Group of Southern California, 31 July 2012, www.kcet.org/shows/departures/japanese-picture-brides-building-a-family-through-photographs.
Staff, Seattle Times. “President Signs Bill to Protect Mail-Order Brides after Washington State Cases.” The Seattle Times, The Seattle Times Company, 6 Jan. 2006, www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/president-signs-bill-to-protect-mail-order-brides-after-washington-state-cases/.
Stebbins, Sarah J. “A Short History of Jamestown.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Apr. 2011, www.nps.gov/jame/learn/historyculture/a-short-history-of-jamestown.htm.
Zug, Marcia. “The Mail-Order Brides of Jamestown, Virginia.” The Atlantic, The Atlantic Monthly Group, 31 Aug. 2016, www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/08/the-mail-order-brides-of-jamestown-virginia/498083/.

Ep09 – Sex & Marriage: Slavery in Early America

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This week, we explore what sex, courtship, and marriage was like for enslaved Africans in 18th and 19th century America. How were those who had no control over their destiny able to find love? What effect did the system of slavery have on family structure and gender roles? All this and more will be answered in this episode.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/salacioushistory

Sources:

Bibb, Henry, and Charles J. Heglar. The Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb: An American Slave. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001. Print. https://spartacus-educational.com/USASmarriage.htm.
Editors, History.com. “Slavery in America.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 12 Nov. 2009, www.history.com/topics/black-history/slavery.
Hallam, Jennifer. “The Slave Experience: Men, Women & Gender.” Thirteen, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2004, www.thirteen.org/wnet/slavery/experience/gender/history2.html.
Handley-Cousins, Sarah. “A Tragic Reality.” National Museum of Civil War Medicine, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 24 Mar. 2018, www.civilwarmed.org/a-tragic-reality/.
Lewis, Thomas. “Transatlantic Slave Trade.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 7 Sept. 2018, www.britannica.com/topic/transatlantic-slave-trade.
“Plantation Courtship.” The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, The President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2018, hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/web-dubois.
Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. “Good Breeders.” Slate, The Slate Group LLC, 24 Aug. 2015, www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/08/how_enslaved_women_s_sexual_health_was_contested_in_the_antebellum_south.html.
Simkin, John. “Slave Marriages.” Spartacus Educational, Spartacus Educational Publishers Ltd., Aug. 2014, spartacus-educational.com/USASmarriage.htm.
“Slave Marriages, Families Were Often Shattered By Auction Block.” NPR, NPR, 11 Feb. 2010, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123608207.
Thompson, Mary V. “Slavery and Marriage.” George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, 2018, www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/slavery-and-marriage/.
“Treatment of Slaves in the United States.” Lumen Learning, Boundless.com, 2018, courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-ushistory/chapter/slavery-in-the-u-s/.

Ep08 – Abigail & John Adams

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John and Abigail Adams may have been America’s first power couple. They also had the honor of being America’s first Second Family and the second First Family. John is known for his many political ventures throughout the Revolutionary War and the early years of American politics, but how did his wife influence his rise to power? That’s what we’ll find out today.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700?mt=2
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/salacioushistory

Sources:

“Abigail Adams.” Biography.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 28 Apr. 2017, www.biography.com/people/abigail-adams-9175670.
“Abigail Adams.” HistoryNet, HistoryNet, 2018, www.historynet.com/abigail-adams.
“Abigail Adams Biography.” Encyclopedia of World Biography, Advameg, Inc., 2018, www.notablebiographies.com/A-An/Adams-Abigail.html.
“Abigail Adams Urges Husband to ‘Remember the Ladies.’” History.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 22 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/abigail-adams-urges-husband-to-remember-the-ladies.
“Abigail and John Adams.” Biography.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 2 Apr. 2014, www.biography.com/people/groups/abigail-and-john-adams.
“The Ageless Love Story of John and Abigail Adams.” New England Historical Society, New England Historical Society, 12 Aug. 2018, www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/ageless-love-story-john-abigail-adams/.
Caroli, Betty Boyd. “Abigail Adams.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 18 Nov. 2018, www.britannica.com/biography/Abigail-Adams.
Editors, History.com. “Abigail Adams.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 27 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/topics/first-ladies/abigail-adams.
Editors, History.com. “John Adams.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 27 Oct. 2009, www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/john-adams.
Ellis, Joseph J. “Dear John, Dear Abigail: A Love Story Through Letters.” NPR, NPR, 27 Oct. 2010, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130862704.
Eschner, Kat. “The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Show Their Mutual Respect.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 7 Mar. 2017, www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letters-abigail-and-john-adams-show-their-mutual-respect-180962347/.
“John Adams.” Biography.com, A&E Television Networks, LLC, 28 Apr. 2017, www.biography.com/people/john-adams-37967.
Maier, Pauline. “A MARRIAGE THAT WORKED.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Sept. 1981, www.nytimes.com/1981/09/20/books/a-marriage-that-worked.html.
“Timeline.” John Adams Historical Society, John Adams Historical Society, 2018, www.john-adams-heritage.com/timeline/.

Ep07 – Alfred Kinsey (Part II)

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We continue our discussion of sexologist Doctor Alfred Kinsey. In Part II, we will focus on the results of “The Kinsey Report” and why his findings were (and still are) so controversial. We also discuss his legacy and how he changed views on sex forever.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700?mt=2

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Sources:

“Alfred Kinsey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 28 Apr. 2017, www.biography.com/people/alfred-kinsey-9365493.
“Alfred Kinsey.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Oct. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kinsey.
“Alfred Kinsey Biography.” The Famous People, Famous People, 2018, www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/alfred-kinsey-3567.php.
Branch, Alan. “Alfred Kinsey: A Brief Summary and Critique.” ERLC, ERLC, 21 May 2014, erlc.com/resource-library/articles/alfred-kinsey-a-brief-summary-and-critique.“Kinsey Reports.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 23 Oct. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports.
Brown, Theodore M. and Elizabeth Fee. “Alfred C. Kinsey: A Pioneer of Sex Research.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 93, no. 7, 1039. https://utica.libguides.com/c.php?g=703243&p=4991631.
“Dr. Alfred Kinsey.” Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, 2018, www.kinseyinstitute.org/about/history/alfred-kinsey.php.
Epstein, Joseph. “The Secret Life of Alfred Kinsey.” Commentary Magazine, Jan. 1998, www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/the-secret-life-of-alfred-kinsey/.
Gumpert, Martin. “The Kinsey Report.” The Nation, The Nation Company LLC, 29 June 2015, www.thenation.com/article/kinsey-report/.
Heffernan, Virginia. “Let’s Talk About Sex and Kinsey and Science.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2005, www.nytimes.com/2005/02/14/arts/television/lets-talk-about-sex-and-kinsey-and-science.html.
“Historical Report: Diversity of Sexual Orientation.” Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, 2018, kinseyinstitute.org/research/publications/historical-report-diversity-of-sexual-orientation.php.
“Kinsey Reports.” The Rockefeller Foundation: A Digital History, The Rockefeller Archive Center, 2018, rockfound.rockarch.org/kinsey-reports.
Schaffer, Amanda. “American Sex Portrait.” Slate, The Slate Group LLC, 26 Sept. 2007, www.slate.com/articles/life/the_sex_issue/2007/09/american_sex_portrait.html.
Rhodes, Richard. “Father of the Sexual Revolution.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 Nov. 1997, archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/97/11/02/reviews/971102.02rhodest.html.
Sewell, William H. “American Sociological Review.” American Sociological Review, vol. 20, no. 5, 1955, pp. 584–587. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2092570.Spector, Dina. “Why Kinsey’s Research Remains Even More Controversial Than The ‘Masters Of Sex’   .” Business Insider, Business Insider, 18 Oct. 2013, www.businessinsider.com/why-alfred-kinsey-was-controversial-2013-10.

Ep06 – Alfred Kinsey (Part I)

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On this week’s episode, we will explore the life and career of groundbreaking sexologist, Doctor Alfred Kinsey. Some hail him as the father of the sexual revolution, while others credit him for the so-called moral decay that plagued American society in the later 20th century. In Part I, we will discuss his childhood, education, and the steps that led to him becoming a sexologist.

Sources:

“Alfred Kinsey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 28 Apr. 2017, www.biography.com/people/alfred-kinsey-9365493.
“Alfred Kinsey.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 23 Oct. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Kinsey.
“Alfred Kinsey Biography.” The Famous People, Famous People, 2018, www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/alfred-kinsey-3567.php.
Branch, Alan. “Alfred Kinsey: A Brief Summary and Critique.” ERLC, ERLC, 21 May 2014, erlc.com/resource-library/articles/alfred-kinsey-a-brief-summary-and-critique.“Kinsey Reports.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, 23 Oct. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports.
Brown, Theodore M. and Elizabeth Fee. “Alfred C. Kinsey: A Pioneer of Sex Research.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 93, no. 7, 1039. https://utica.libguides.com/c.php?g=703243&p=4991631.
“Dr. Alfred Kinsey.” Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, 2018, www.kinseyinstitute.org/about/history/alfred-kinsey.php.
Epstein, Joseph. “The Secret Life of Alfred Kinsey.” Commentary Magazine, Jan. 1998, www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/the-secret-life-of-alfred-kinsey/.
Gumpert, Martin. “The Kinsey Report.” The Nation, The Nation Company LLC, 29 June 2015, www.thenation.com/article/kinsey-report/.
Heffernan, Virginia. “Let’s Talk About Sex and Kinsey and Science.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2005, www.nytimes.com/2005/02/14/arts/television/lets-talk-about-sex-and-kinsey-and-science.html.
“Historical Report: Diversity of Sexual Orientation.” Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, 2018, kinseyinstitute.org/research/publications/historical-report-diversity-of-sexual-orientation.php.
“Kinsey Reports.” The Rockefeller Foundation: A Digital History, The Rockefeller Archive Center, 2018, rockfound.rockarch.org/kinsey-reports.
Schaffer, Amanda. “American Sex Portrait.” Slate, The Slate Group LLC, 26 Sept. 2007, www.slate.com/articles/life/the_sex_issue/2007/09/american_sex_portrait.html.
Rhodes, Richard. “Father of the Sexual Revolution.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 Nov. 1997, archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/97/11/02/reviews/971102.02rhodest.html.
Sewell, William H. “American Sociological Review.” American Sociological Review, vol. 20, no. 5, 1955, pp. 584–587. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2092570.Spector, Dina. “Why Kinsey’s Research Remains Even More Controversial Than The ‘Masters Of Sex’   .” Business Insider, Business Insider, 18 Oct. 2013, www.businessinsider.com/why-alfred-kinsey-was-controversial-2013-10.

Ep05 – Sex & Marriage: The Tudor Period

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We’re taking a walk down the aisle for our first “Sex & Marriage” themed episode! Today we are learning about Sex & Marriage in the Tudor Period. When and why did people get married? How was marriage different for royals versus poorer citizens? And why did the church have so much influence over everyone’s sex lives? Tune in to find out!

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Gould, Chris. “Sex in Elizabethan England.” Prezi. Prezi Inc, 28 February 2014.
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Rasmussen, Eric. “Marriage and Courtship.” The British Library, The British Library, 15 Mar. 2016, www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/marriage-and-courtship.
Ridgway, Claire. “Sexual Intercourse in Tudor Times.” The Tudor Society. The Tudor Society, 2016.
“Sex, brothels and prostitution…” Everything TudorBlog. 14 July 2016.“Sex Within Marriage.” Tudor Times. Tudor Times Ltd, 29 November 2014.

Ep04 – Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal

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You guys, we’re doing our first episode covering a famous couple from history! The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s marriage falls in the gray area between historical fact and romantic legend. By all accounts, they are one of the most celebrated royal couples of the 16th century, and their love resulted in the construction of one of the most recognizable structures in history: the Taj Mahal!

Sources:

“Mumtaz Mahal.” Ohio River – New World Encyclopedia, New World Encyclopedia, 2018, www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Mumtaz_Mahal.
“Mumtaz Mahal.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 2 Jan. 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumtaz_Mahal.
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“Taj Mahal Story.” Taj Mahal, Savion Travel Services Pvt. Ltd, www.tajmahal.org.uk/story.html.

Ep03 – Gloria Steinem Goes Undercover

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Gloria Steinem Goes Undercover

This week, Sarah recounts the occasion in 1963 when journalist Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny at the famous New York City Playboy Club. Between the long hours, harsh demerit system, and sleazy clientele, it was an experience that Gloria would not soon forget. Gloria translated her Playboy Bunny experience into one of the most famous pieces of undercover journalism ever written. Grab your satin bunny ears and your 3-inch heels – it’s time for some rampant misogyny!

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Mills, Nicolaus. “Gloria Steinem’s ‘a bunny’s tale’ – 50 years later.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 26 May 2013.
Steinem, Gloria. “A Bunny’s Tale.” Show Magazine. May 1963: 90-93, 114-115.
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Wang, Evelyn. “That time Gloria Steinem went undercover as a Playboy Bunny.” Dazed. Dazed Media, 13 September 2016.

Ep02 – Descendants of Genghis Khan

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This week, Sarah explores the life of conqueror Genghis Khan, the man who has fathered more children than anyone else in history. We look into his tumultuous childhood, his scorched-Earth military tactics, and the genetic legacy he left behind. Disclaimer: this episode discusses rape and violence towards women – listener discretion is advised.

Sources:

Andrews, Evan. “10 Things You May Not Know About Genghis Khan.” History. A&E Networks, 29 April 2014.
Clark, Laura. “Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan’s.” Smithsonian.com. Smithsonian Institution, 28 January 2015.
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Ep01 – JFK’s Sexual Exploits

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In our pilot episode, Sarah digs into the story behind one of the most beloved, and some would say the sexiest, Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy. She discusses JFK’s unfortunate male role models, the many women he seduced, and a series of burning questions: Why couldn’t he keep his pants on? Did his wife Jackie know what was happening? And how the HELL did the public not know about all of his indiscretions? All these questions will be answered when you tune in!

Sources:

“John F. Kennedy Biography.” Biography. A&E Television Networks LLC, 27 October 2017.
“John F. Kennedy Biography.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Advameg, Inc., 2018.
“John F. Kennedy: World War II Naval Hero to President.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2 Dec. 2015, www.nps.gov/articles/kennedyww2.htm.
Kimble, L. “Meet JFK’s Alleged Mistresses – and How Some Met Mysterious Ends.” People Politics.Time Inc, 01 December 2016.
Pearl, Diana. “Inside the Sex Lives of the Kennedys: From Joe Sr.’s Cheating to Kick’s Fears of Even Saying the Word to All of JFK’s Trysts.” People Celebrity. Time Inc, 05 July 2016.
Stewart, S. “All the President’s Women.” New York Post. NYP Holdings, Inc., 10 November 2013.
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