Ep09 – Sex & Marriage: Slavery in Early America


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.

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Ep05 – Sex & Marriage: The Tudor Period


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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