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Ep.52 – America's First (and only) Emperor

A 19th century deranged California businessman declared himself emperor and it...kind of worked

A fed up and down on his luck San Francisco businessman, Joshua Norton, declared that he was the new Emperor of the United States, and the people sort of...just went with it. He passed laws and issued his own currency, and literally for the lolz the citizenry just played along. But like, for real though.

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