The Rogue Historian

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058 Review - The Million Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President by Christopher Lyle McIlwain, Sr.

July 20th, 2019


I read this book straight through with increased interest at every turn of the page…and I don’t want to spoil the intricacies of the ending. Let’s just say that Gayle used the “I was just kidding” defense and well…he …

057 Review - Death, Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton edited by Christopher E. Loperfido

July 16th, 2019


This is a remarkable collection, as we have one physician writing to another...and sharing vivd details about Civil War medicine in the process. 

056 This Week in History Twitter July 14, 2019

July 14th, 2019


These days Independence Day can ruffle some feathers...and so can the Northwest Ordinance. But all is not doom and gloom, get a load of NYC!! 

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055 Review - Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862 by Alexander B. Rossino

July 12th, 2019


Those of you with an interest in the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg, if you must...) will love the hell out of this fictionalized account of Lee's 1862 invasion of Maryland. 

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054 Review - That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17 1862 by Daniel J. Vermilya

July 9th, 2019


There are turning points and there are turning points. But really folks, when it comes to the Civil War...Antietam has to be at least in the top …

053 A Conversation with Robert Lee Hodge

July 8th, 2019


I believe you will come away from this talk, as I did, with an understanding that despite our differences, we can absolutely sit down and have an …

052 Review - Race and Reunion by David W. Blight

July 4th, 2019


I disagree with some of the best books ever. 

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051 Heroines of Mercy Street with Pamela D. Toler

June 30th, 2019


Today we discussed Pamela's book Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War. This is the book tie-in to the popular PBS series Mercy …

050 This Week in History Twitter June 25, 2019

June 25th, 2019


Well...Andrew Jackson has had better weeks, which leads me to consider a bigger topic: what is it that historians actually do? 

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049 Review - General Lee's Immortals by Michael C. Hardy

June 23rd, 2019


I had a few analytical issues with this one...but I thought the military history was on point and well written. 

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048 Review - Prison Pens edited by Timothy Williams and Evan Kutzler

June 17th, 2019


There are a number of remarkable things about this collection of edited Civil War letters, not the least of which is the gender negotiation between a …

047 History Colorized and Animated with Matt Loughrey

June 14th, 2019


I have a great chat with Matt Loughrey, the creator of My Colorful Past, about the intersection of technology and historical documents. 

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046 This Week in History Twitter - June 12, 2019

June 12th, 2019


If NPR is paying attention...sometimes it's a good idea to ask a historian before you publish. 

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045 Book Review: The War Outside My Window by Janet Elizabeth Croon

June 7th, 2019


Get to know the Confederate Cause from the perspective of a young invalid from Georgia during the Civil War. 

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044 Yes, It Is Time for a New Civil War Documentary - with Keri Leigh Merritt

June 3rd, 2019


Keri Leigh and I hash out some of her ideas recently featured in the Smithsonian article: "Why We Need a New Civil War Documentary" and also Punk Rock music. Because why not. 

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043 Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin

May 27th, 2019


Kevin Levin throws down a challenge...and uses evidence and everything! Look out Neo-Confederates :) 

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042 This Week in History Twitter - May 19, 2019

May 19th, 2019


David McCullough takes a pretty big hit on the Twitter this week. Ouch. 

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041 This Week in History Twitter - May 11, 2019

May 12th, 2019


The American Civil War Museum opens with a bang in Richmond, a historian speaks at length on Reconstruction, and using the passive voice might mean you’re a racist. 

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040 Addressing Gettysburg with Matt Callery

May 8th, 2019


Why does the Battle of Gettysburg loom so large in the American historical consciousness? Find out why it does (and a bunch of other stuff too) as I welcome Matt Callery of the Addressing Gettysburg Podcast to the show! 

039 This Week in History Twitter - May 4, 2019

May 4th, 2019


This week in History Twitter...Robert E. Lee takes a beating and a historian calls for a new Civil War documentary! 

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038 Historical Fiction and the 1862 Maryland Campaign with Alexander Rossino

May 1st, 2019


Alex and I have a great discussion about his books: Six Days in September and The Guns of September...all concerning the 1862 Maryland Campaign …

037 Murder, Mary Surratt, and Public History with Kate Taylor

May 28th, 2018


Digging deeper this week into conspiracies, murders, the assassination, and of course - public history. Kate Taylor joins us this week to hash through some good stuff. 


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036 John Wilkes Booth, the Lincoln Assassination, and Public History with Dave Taylor

May 21st, 2018


Well if you're unfamiliar with the term "Boothie" now's your chance to learn something new...and quite fascinating. Dave is indeed a self-styled Boothie. Once a derogatory term used to dismiss those who studied …

035 New York City, Public History, and WWI with Kevin Fitzpatrick

May 14th, 2018


Well...we start with all this, but there is a lot more to the show including the discussion of an NYC literary movement and the movie biz...good stuff to be sure. Kevin is the author or editor of seven books all dealing …

034 Pirates, Public History, and PIRATES! with Jamie Goodall

May 7th, 2018


Jamie Goodall gives us a ton of insight about public history...and then we talk about pirates. Because pirates. 

Listen!! You'll learn about things ranging from pirate subterfuge to personal branding...who knew??

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033 The Civil War, Medicine, and Historical Interpretation with Jake Wynn

April 30th, 2018


Historical interpretation is something near and dear to my heart so I am especially pleased to welcome Jake Wynn to the show. Jake is the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in …

032 A Man of Sensation: John Adams, the Archives, and Popular Culture with Sara Georgini

April 23rd, 2018


Wow! If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to the publication of the founders' historical papers - this show is …

031 The Soul Food Scholar with Adrian E. Miller

April 16th, 2018


Soul Food. Southern Food. American Food. Adrian describes a cuisine...


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030 Style Meets History with Roxy Haji and Kimi Gallegos

April 9th, 2018


Fashion fiends, history buffs, political junkies - the show you've all been waiting for has arrived. I am very happy to be able to speak with Roxy …

029 Black Panthers, Community Activism, and the Angola Three with Holly Genovese

April 2nd, 2018


There a whole lot more to community activism and the Black Panther Party than what you might know from the iconic photographs - and I speak with …

028 Taking History to the Streets with Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick-Ass Oregon History

March 26th, 2018


Taking history to the streets. Why the hell not. I mean, what better way to learn about the past than by going to check it out in person? Maybe grab a beer? Maybe talk some smack? Count me in 100%. There are few things …

027 Historical Myths with Joseph "Professor Buzzkill" Coohill

March 19th, 2018


Have you ever stopped to wonder if that thing from history you knew to be true was just a bunch of bullshit? A famous quote...a questionable detail …

026 Confederate Historiography with Robert Baumgartner

March 5th, 2018


I will talk about history books all freakin' day. This is why I am especially happy to welcome Bob to the show. I noticed recently that he was giving a talk on three significant authors and their contributions to …

025 Commemorating the Dakota War with John Legg

February 26th, 2018


It might be easy to overlook the Dakota War of the conflict is greatly overshadowed by the Civil War. But John Legg, soon to embark on the journey to obtain his master's degree in history, helps us correct …

024 Historical Interpretation with John Heckman

February 19th, 2018


John and I talk about all kinds of things including...tattoos of course, and lots of other stuff. Most important, how we see the future of the discipline, what it means to challenge the tradition of academia, and how we …

023 Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter with Coni Constantine

January 4th, 2018


We are shifting focus as of episodes will feature interviews AND movie reviews AND book reviews AND lots of other interesting things beyond the standard history podcast format. Yay. For this episode, co-host …

022 Wearing Gay History with Eric Gonzaba

July 24th, 2017


This week we talk with George Mason University Ph.D. candidate Eric Gonzaba about his work with two absolutely fascinating digital archives: Wearing …

021 Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu

July 18th, 2017


Peeps - this is a super fascinating story...tracing the history of Asian Americans from Chinese immigration and the exclusion act to Japanese internment and well beyond. Ellen explains how Asians went from being mostly …

020 Art as Iconoclast with Dara Vance

July 3rd, 2017


I am thrilled to have Dara on the show - she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Kentucky, former producer of the Long Story Short podcast, and a really really talented artist. We have some fun …

019 Cocktails (and Other Stuff) with Maggie Yancey

June 26th, 2017


Holla!!! We're back!!! After a second semester hiatus I am very happy to return to the podcasting world with Maggie Yancey. Maggie is a Ph.D …

018 Lady Balls Radio featuring Fawesome Women in Film

April 7th, 2017


I lifted this straight from my wife's podcast - Lady Balls Radio. She has a knack for finding (and interviewing) women who are doing really cool …

017 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane

February 13th, 2017


You all know that I love fashion...I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in …

016 Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels

February 6th, 2017


Wow - so if you ever wanted to know about mid-19th century Irish immigration and Irish involvement in the American Civil War this is your guy. We …

015 Free Blacks and Radical Creoles: African Americans in Antebellum and Reconstruction New Orleans with Alexis Hlavaty

January 30th, 2017


I could talk about this stuff all day (well, I sort of do...) and so I am thrilled to offer this fascinating conversation with Alexis Hlavaty. I …

014 Teaching History Beyond the Classroom with Chris Lese

January 9th, 2017


I love speaking with my fellow high school teachers - and I am thrilled to have such an inspiring educator on the show. Chris and I have collaborated …

013 Teaching with Creativity with Lance Mosier

January 2nd, 2017


What if the CSI crew were around to help bring John Wilkes Booth to justice? That's what Lance Mosier has his 8th graders imagine...Seriously, if he …

012 The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill

December 26th, 2016


There is really no way that we, as Americans in the 21st century, will ever know what it was really like to experience what slaves did in the Ante-Bellum South. However, we can get closer to understanding it - archival …

011 Low Country Africana with Toni Carrier

December 19th, 2016


Toni is a historian and genealogist who is doing some outstanding work researching the lives of slaves and former slaves in the so-called Low Country. If you do not know where that is then you need to listen - like …

010 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs

December 12th, 2016


You know...many of us with advanced degrees in the humanities started off in this with one intention, others were not quite sure what to make of the …

009 Patrick Lewis: Digital History and the Civil War Governors of Kentucky

November 28th, 2016


Okay so we took a short break to recover from the election. 'Nuff said. But we're back and I am freakin' stoked to be talking digital history with Patrick Lewis - director of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital …

008 Thomas Dixon: The Apostle of Hate with Lynn Lyerly

November 7th, 2016


The 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, is about as controversial as a film can get. Why? Because racism. What you might not know is that the film is based in part on a novel - a historical romance, really - …

007 Old-Time Banjo with Dusty Lee Elmer

October 31st, 2016


You know what? Banjo music makes me happy. So I am super stoked to have Dusty on the show - he is a first-rate banjo player and a really cool dude. …

006 Los Angeles History in Verse with Mike the PoeT

October 24th, 2016


I'm stoked because today I got to interview my old friend Mike Sonksen - well known to the world as Mike the PoeT. Mike is a third-generation …

005 Civil War Music with Christian McWhirter

October 17th, 2016


Next time you find yourself humming the melody to John Brown's Body in line at the grocery store - make sure to think over what Christian says about Civil War's more than just the backdrop to the shooting.


004 The Non-Aligned World with Robert Rakove

October 12th, 2016


This is pretty much the straight dope on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and their approach to those places in the world that did not choose …

003 The Civil War in the Far Far West with Megan Kate Nelson

September 25th, 2016


From time to time you will read about the small (relatively) battles that took place in the far West during the Civil War. Historians seldom mention these, and when they do - they usually gloss over the events as little …

002 Voting Rights in Richmond, Virginia with Julian Hayter

September 25th, 2016


We all think we know about the great victories of the movement to secure voting rights in the 1950s and 1960s. What if you found out that there were …

001 Black Confederates with Kevin Levin

September 25th, 2016


You may have heard people talk about the thousands of black Confederate soldiers who filled the ranks of southern armies during the Civil War. …

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