Track artwork

Shocked and Appalled: A History of Scandal

BackStory on December 06, 2013 23:17

Stats for this track

This Week Total
Plays 63 46071
Comments 4
Favoritings 41
Downloads 1 462

Uploaded by

  • Report copyright infringement

    In 23 Sets

    View all

    More tracks by BackStory

    Prisoners at War

    Slaves for Hire

    The Birth of the Minimum Wage

    Equality or Fairness?

    Liberty of Contract

    View all

    15 years ago this month, then-President Bill Clinton was impeached by the US House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. The root of the trouble was, of course, the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Though Clinton was later acquitted by the Senate, the trial sparked questions about the blurry line between private and public misconduct. But Americans have been puzzling over just where to draw that line for centuries. So in this episode of BackStory, Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh look back over other scandals in American history, exploring the public response and the legacies they’ve left behind.

    Talking with their guests, the guys rediscover some of the scandals that captured earlier generations’ imaginations - like a lurid tale of adultery and infanticide at a 1790s Virginia plantation called (no joke) “Bizarre.” Or the 19th century Beecher-Tilton trial, in which a celebrity preacher was accused of seducing his best friend’s wife. And in more recent years, the serious congressman whose affair with an exotic dancer helped end his career, and helped change Washington too. Along the way, they consider what has constituted a scandal in American history and how public attitudes toward them have evolved.

    For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, check out BackStory's website: http://backstoryradio.org/?p=11567

    4 Comments

    4 timed comments and 0 regular comments

    Add a new comment

    You need to be logged in to post a comment. If you're already a member, please or sign up for a free account.

    Share to WordPress.com

    If you are using self-hosted WordPress, please use our standard embed code or install the plugin to use shortcodes.
    Add a comment 0 comments at 0.00
      Click to enter a
      comment at
      0.00