CMTS has produced its first podcast, an episode of C19: America in the Nineteenth Century. We are pleased to to have collaborated with C19, as well as with Hal Holbrook, and his grandson, Will Holbrook, who are featured as Twain in 1906 and 1868 respectively. The episode also introduces new archival research, particularly about the arrest and arraignment of Juda Barber, a young fugitive slave from Missouri, whose release was orchestrated by Jervis Langdon, John W. Jones, and several other members of the Underground Railroad. While Twain is obviously central to the episode, it also offers a tour through Gilded Age Elmira, with stops at Park Church and Woodlawn Cemetery, and discussions of Thomas K. Beecher, the Eastman family, Alexander S. Diven, and, of course, the Langdons.
The soundtrack is full of generously-donated music from Larry Howe, President of the Mark Twain Circle, and his Compass Rose Sextet, as well as Steve Webb, caretaker at Quarry Farm, with his band, Stivander & The Balance. Both ensembles have records available through iTunes.
The episode can be streamed or downloaded through iTunes, SoundCloud, and several other podcast distributors, and you can also access it directly through our website:
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Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies