Dig: A History Podcast

Dig A History Podcast
Produced by Averill Earls, PhD, Sarah Handley-Cousins, PhD, Marissa C. Rhodes, and Elizabeth Garner Masarik
Four women historians, a world of history to unearth. Can you dig it?
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Dig: A History Podcast

Struggle for the Breeches: Pants, Women, and Power

Fashion #3 of 4. Get Show Notes & a complete transcript at digpodcast.org. Who wears the pants in this relationship? If someone asks you this question, you probably understand what they mean. Who is the dominant one in the relationship? Who holds the power, the influence, the final say? From its earliest utterances, it was intended to challenge women who dared to seize too much autonomy in social relationships, and to shame men who failed to exert their dominance over women per the expectations of ‘manliness.’ Is that what people today are implying when they jokingly ask about pants in a relationship? Probably not. It is certainly possible. This is still a patriarchal world, after all. But seriously… why pants? Why do pants carry such weight? Why not a pocket watch? Or a bowler cap? Why not “who has the penis in this relationship” if that’s what you really mean? Why pants? The answer is a lot of things. Penises and pocket watches might be symbols of manliness as well, but few articles of clothing have so fraught a history as pants, particularly for defining gender, displaying manliness, and indicating dominance. Today we’re talking about pants; we’re barely going to scratch the surface, but in the end, you’ll at least know why pants are such a big deal when discussing relations between men and women.




Suit Up: Class, Economics, Manhood, and Menswear

Suit Up: Class, Economics, Manhood, and Menswear thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

June 10, 2018 •  Fashion #2 of 4. The suit has been the standard of Western men’s fashion, with some slight alterations, since at least the late 1600s. Not only that, but since the 1970s, even...

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The Labor of Fashion: Shirtwaists and the Labor Movement in the Early 20th Century

The Labor of Fashion: Shirtwaists and the Labor Movement in the Early 20th Century thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

June 3, 2018 • Fashion #1 of 4. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire is one of the most horrendous industrial catastrophes in American history. In all, 146 people, mostly women and children, died in the...

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Tuberculean Chic: How White Plague Shaped Beauty Standards in the 18c & 19c

Tuberculean Chic: How White Plague Shaped Beauty Standards in the 18c & 19c thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

May 27, 2018 • Fashion Re-Release. Marissa and Sarah discuss Georgians’ and Victorians’ love affair with Tuberculosis and the tuberculean aesthetic in fashion and art. In Georgian London,...

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Trees that Fight Back: Shinto & the Environment in Japan

Trees that Fight Back: Shinto & the Environment in Japan thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

May 20, 2018 • Environmentalism #4 of 4. Shinto - In Japan, recognizing the spirit of all things - from trees to mountains to interestingly shaped rocks - is part of Shinto. Older than writing...

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Mt. Tambora & The Year Without a Summer

Mt. Tambora & The Year Without a Summer thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

May 13, 2018 • Environmental history #3 of 4. The 1815 volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora changed history. The year following the eruption, 1816 was known in England as the “Year without a...

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National Parks in America: Health, Manhood, and Wilderness

National Parks in America: Health, Manhood, and Wilderness thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

May 6, 2018 • Environmental History, #2 of 4. Sarah and Elizabeth discuss the conservation movement and the creation of Americas National Parks in the late 19th and early 20th century.Learn...

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The Rise of Natural History Museums

The Rise of Natural History Museums thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

April 29, 2018 • Environment #1 of 4. Many natural history museums, in America and in the western world, were developed during the nineteenth century. These museums are both places to view and...

| April 29, 2018

“No peace, No p*ssy”: Sex Strikes and the Recent History of Global Feminist Protest

“No peace, No p*ssy”: Sex Strikes and the Recent History of Global Feminist Protest thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

April 15, 2018 • Womyn #4 of 4. Sex striking is a method of passive resistance, a form of peaceful protest, and something attempted by American Indians in the early modern era, First Wave...

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Victoria Woodhull: Free Love, Feminism & Finance

Victoria Woodhull: Free Love, Feminism & Finance thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

April 8, 2018 • Womyn, #3 of 4. Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and suffrage, a Spiritualist medium, a stockbroker, maybe a sex worker,...

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Marriage in America: A Brief History

Marriage in America: A Brief History thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

April 1, 2018 • Womyn, #2 of 4. Marriage - the word alone is loaded. Marriage is the butt of jokes, the “old ball and chain,” the end of fun. Marriage can also bring up images of fear, of...

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King Ahebi Ugbabe: Sex, Gender, and Power in Colonial Nigeria

King Ahebi Ugbabe: Sex, Gender, and Power in Colonial Nigeria thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

March 25, 2018 • Womyn, #1 of 4. King Ahebi Ugbabe was unique among the men of Igboland in colonial Nigeria. There weren’t many kings in Igboland at all. But the infrequency of kingship is not...

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Auburn System: Prisons & Punishment in 19c U.S.

Auburn System: Prisons & Punishment in 19c U.S. thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

March 11, 2018 • Law and Order #4 of 4Ever wonder how the modern prison system came to be? Join us for a discussion of 19th century prisons, their history, evolution and the intended reforms they...

| March 11, 2018

Nuremberg Laws and Nazi Discrimination against Jewish Germans

Nuremberg Laws and Nazi Discrimination against Jewish Germans thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

March 4, 2018 • In Germany in the 1930s, the state passed law after law to isolate, disenfranchise, and break down Jewish Germans. It is shocking how easily the German parliamentary government...

| March 4, 2018

Coverture: Married Women and Legal Personhood in Britain

Coverture: Married Women and Legal Personhood in Britain thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 25, 2018 • The doctrine of coverture deprived married women of legal status, merging her legal personhood with her husband’s. Today we’ll get into the complex ways that the doctrine of...

| February 25, 2018

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 18, 2018 • Studying the Fourteenth Amendment is like taking one thread of American history since the mid nineteenth century and following it through all of the major events of the period...

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Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 18, 2018 • Studying the Fourteenth Amendment is like taking one thread of American history since the mid nineteenth century and following it through all of the major events of the period...

| February 18, 2018

Jane Roe and The Pill

Jane Roe and The Pill thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 11, 2018 • In the third episode in our series on women's reproductive rights in America, Jane Roe & the Pill, we finally get to two of the most important turning points in our story: the...

| February 11, 2018

Joe Roe and The Pill

Joe Roe and The Pill thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 6, 2018 • In the third episode in our series on women's reproductive rights in America, Jane Roe & the Pill, we finally get to two of the most important turning points in our story: the...

| February 6, 2018

The Suitcase Murder

The Suitcase Murder thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 4, 2018 • On September 21, 1905, a suitcase floated to the water’s surface in Winthrop Harbor, a shallow six-foot deep man-made channel, about three miles north of Boston Harbor. Stuffed...

| February 4, 2018

Suitcase Murder: Abortion, Mystery and Murder in 20th Century America

Suitcase Murder: Abortion, Mystery and Murder in 20th Century America thumbnail Dig: A History Podcast

February 4, 2018 • On September 21, 1905, a suitcase floated to the water’s surface in Winthrop Harbor, a shallow six-foot deep man-made channel, about three miles north of Boston Harbor. Stuffed...

| February 4, 2018

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