The American History Guys: Teed Off: The Tea Party, Then and Now [audio, 25 minutes 52 seconds]





The founding fathers have never really gone out of style. But there are times when their popularity surges. Times like now, when conservative protesters routinely take to the streets with three-cornered hats and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.

In this podcast, the History Guys take a closer look at the Tea Party Movement, and ask what, if anything, 2010 has in common with 1773. They also consider what the history of American populism portends for the Tea Party’s future.

* Guest Scholar: Benjamin Carp, Tufts University

The History Guys:

  • Peter Onuf (18th Century Guy) is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the author/editor of eleven books, including most recently Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War.

  • 19th Century Guy Ed Ayers, during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

  • Ed Ayers (19th Century Guy) is President of the University of Richmond. Previously, he served as Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. The author/editor of ten books (including the Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies), Ed also directed the online history project The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War.

  • 20th Century Guy Brian Balogh during a broadcast of BackStory, at the Va Foundation for the Humanities Studio in Charlottesville, June 2009

  • Brian Balogh (20th Century Guy) is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Director of the Fellowship Program at Governing America in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. His third book, A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America, was published in 2009.

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