Welcome to the Virginia Political History Podcast Project. Created by historians at Virginia Tech, this first season explores moments and movements in Old Dominion politics in the twentieth century. The first episode launches May 11th, 2017. Please keep watching our blog for updates and the latest episodes.
Heather Ryan’s episode on the 2008 presidential election closes our first season with the question, why did Virginia swing Democratic in 2008? Thanks to all who listened this season.
Jenny Nehrt explores how changes in Northern Virginia’s population affected state and national politics with help from Dr. Qian Cai, the director of the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia, and Stephen Nehrt, her father and Northern Virginia native since 1960.
Drew Walton chronicles the rise of the Christian Right and its alliance with the Republican Party in Virginia state politics in the 1980s and 1990s.
Julie Walters Steele, Virginia Tech student and Director of the Reynolds Homestead, explores the role of women in Virginia political history, with a special interview with Mary Sue Terry, one of Virginia’s most successful female politicos. Listen here and learn more.
ASPECT student Mary Ryan explores the career of Douglas Wilder and the “Wilder Effect,” seen on election day for his gubernatorial campaign in 1985. Listen here and learn more.
Rebecca Williams talks to historian Rick Perlstein about presidential politics in the 1960s and tells the story of the last time Virginia was a swing state.
Emma Stamm explores mining in southwestern Virginia and the labor politics that arose and have declined with the decline of coal mining in the region.
The latest episode of the Virginia Political History podcast was researched and produced by Ellen Boggs, on Richard and Mildred Loving’s efforts to marry and live in Virginia. For more information, see the supporting page for episode 2.
The first episode of the Virginia Political History podcast was researched and produced by Emily Harmon, on the women’s suffrage movement in Virginia. For more information, see the supporting page for episode 1.
The Rise of the Christian Right in Virginia Drew Walton My episode of this podcast series focuses on two particular strings in the grand weaving of the Republican Party of Virginia as it exists today. It’s both a narrative of a single man, Richard Dudley Obenshain, and how his abrupt and unexpected death changed the Read more about The Rise of the Christian Right in Virginia[…]