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August 28, 2017

Episode 40 - Age of Charisma: America’s Magnetic Losers, 1870-1940

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For Episode 40 of American History Too! we've fired up the Translatlantic cables to chat to Dixie State University's Jeremy Young (@jeremycyoung) about his work on the 'Age of Charisma' between 1870 and 1940.

Jeremy guides through what it meant to be a charismatic leader and, indeed, a charismatic follower during this era.

Why were these leaders both appealing and yet simulatanously destined to lose in presidential elections? Why did they die out from 1940 onwards? And who was the first ever radio star in the United States? (hint: it's not who you think it is!)

We touch on all these issues and much more.

Thanks again for listening and we'll be back next month.

Cheers,

Mark and Malcolm

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