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The Rogue Historian

122 EpisodesProduced by Keith HarrisWebsite

United States history. No academic nitwittery – just some really smart people discussing essential historical topics: political, social, cultural, and economic. Subscribe, listen, and join the conversation at Support this podcast:

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Black Northerners and the Debate over Military Service in the Civil War

December 24th, 2020


I loved speaking with Brian Taylor about his new book: Fighting for Citizenship - he really challenged my thinking about black northerners and their service in the Civil War. Hope you enjoy... it's the last show of …

Chasing Portraits with Elizabeth Rynecki

December 14th, 2020


Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of Polish Jewish artist Moshe Rynecki. She and I discussed her incredible documentary film, Chasing …

In Search of Sexual Health with Elliott Bowen

December 8th, 2020


A fascinating conversation about syphilis and heath tourism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Elliott is the author of In Search of Sexual Health: Diagnosing and Treating Syphilis in Hot Springs …

The Families' Civil War with Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.

November 16th, 2020


Holly and I discuss his forthcoming book, The Families' Civil War...all about Philly, black soldiers in the USCT, and their extended families at …

Gettysburg's Lutheran Seminary and the Battle on July 1, 1863 with Codie Eash

November 8th, 2020


One of my favorite spots on the battlefield - which doesn't get the love it deserves. Codie takes us on a virtual "tour" of sorts and contextualizes Seminary Ridge in the context of the Battle of Gettysburg and the war

The "Dark Turn" in Civil War History with Sarah Handley-Cousins, Jonathan S. Jones, and Diane Miller Sommerville (part II)

November 4th, 2020


We wrap up our discussion on the so-called "dark turn" and even respond to some pretty harsh criticism. 

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The "Dark Turn" in Civil War History with Sarah Handley-Cousins, Jonathan S. Jones, and Diane Miller Sommerville (part I)

November 2nd, 2020


I sit down with three Rogue Historian veterans to discuss the so-called "Dark Turn" and how we might use it to rethink how we understand Civil War …

Unpacking the Cambridge History of the American Civil War with Aaron Sheehan-Dean

October 29th, 2020


I speak with the editor of the new Cambridge Civil War anthology about the process and about the discipline. 

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The Age of Andrew Jackson with Daniel Gullotta

October 25th, 2020


Daniel Gullotta is Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University and the host of the Age of Jackson podcast - he and I discuss podcasting, the public, and …

Seceding from Secession: the Creation of West Virginia with Eric J .Wittenberg

October 21st, 2020


Eric and I discuss the Civil War (eventual) state of West Virginia, the the tensions, and the Constitutional hurdles of creating the 5th border state. Check out his new BOOK on the subject - Seceding from Secession: …

George Washington and His Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky

October 19th, 2020


Lindsay and I discuss her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution..I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too - have a listen! .

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The Powells of Virginia with Alison Herring (part II)

October 14th, 2020


Alison and I continue our conversation about the Powell family - and especially on the enslaved people connected to them. 

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The Powells of Virginia with Alison Herring (part I)

October 11th, 2020


Alison and I discuss the extraordinary lives of the Powell family of Virginia and those to whom they were connected in the years leading up to and during the American Civil War. 

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The Road to the Second Amendment with Noah Shusterman (part II)

October 7th, 2020


Noah and I pick up where we left off in part I and discuss why Noah thinks the Second Amendment no longer makes sense...which btw, is the opening line in his new book, Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the …

The Road to the Second Amendment with Noah Shusterman (part I)

October 5th, 2020


This is a conversation that anyone who has an interest in the Second Amendment should hear...Noah and I discuss his latest book, Armed Citizens: the …

Reconciliation after Civil Wars with Paul Quigley and James Hawdon

September 28th, 2020


I love discussing reconciliation - I's kinda my thing. In this episode, we take on reconciliation by casting a wider net... and look at …

Reflections on the American Civil War with Gary Gallagher (part II)

September 24th, 2020


Gary and I continue our conversation covering the themes in his latest book: The Enduring Civil War - and even take questions from Twitter! How cool …

The Wickedest City in America with Tammy Ingram

September 13th, 2020


Tammy and I discuss her forthcoming book on organized crime in Phenix City, Alabama. Guess what. I had no idea about any of this. Seriously...mind = blown. 

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The Use and Legacy of Landmines in the Civil War with Ken Rutherford

September 6th, 2020


Ken and I discuss the use and legacy of landmines in the Civil War...and Ken's work to ban the use of landmines worldwide, as explained in his latest book: America's Buried History

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Power and Politics in the Civil War South with Stephanie McCurry

August 31st, 2020


MY 100th EPISODE!!! I discuss the Confederate experiment in nationhood with Dr. Stephanie McCurry...and especially her book Confederate Reckoning

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European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy with Ann L. Tucker

August 17th, 2020


Ann and I chat about her new book: Newest Born of Nations - which details the liberal/conservative tensions embedded within Confederate nationalism in a 19th-century international context.   

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Free Love and Radicals with Sherry L. Smith

August 13th, 2020


Poetry and progressive politics frame the backdrop for this fascinating story - I sit down with Sherry to discuss her latest book: Bohemians West

The Stories We Keep Telling about the Civil War with Cody Marrs

August 4th, 2020


I sit down with Cody to talk through some of the ideas in his latest: Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling about the Civil War. I love this stuff...and we had a great convo! 

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The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America with Daniel Mandell

July 30th, 2020


I sit down to discuss Dan's latest book: The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America. Listen up!! Some of these things might sound awfully …

American Discord with Megan L. Bever and Laura Mammina

July 24th, 2020


I sit down with Megan and Laura to take on some particulars of the Civil War era which help us explain the war broadly defined....all outlined in …

The Revolt that Ended Slavery in the British Empire with Tom Zoellner

July 18th, 2020


Tom and I discuss his latest book, Island on Fire - about the 1831-32 slave revolt in Jamaica. 

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Environmental History and the Civil War with Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver

July 3rd, 2020


I am very much looking forward to using Judkin and Tim's new book, An Environmental History of the Civil War in my own classroom - today we discuss some of the salient points in the book. 

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Confederate Monuments and the Changing Commemorative Landscape with Hilary Green

June 26th, 2020


Hey all - if you listen to just one of my shows...listen to this one. 

Dr. Green and I discuss the current efforts to remove Confederate monuments across the South and why this changing narrative is so vastly …

The Slave Trade in the Civil War South with Robert Colby

June 22nd, 2020


Oh yes...the slave trade in the Confederacy was as vibrant as ever - I talk with Dr. Robert Colby about what all that means....and it's fascinating …

Gettysburg's Peach Orchard with James Hessler

June 18th, 2020


Get up to speed on the July 2, 1863 fun with Dan Sickles, James Longstreet and what was going on at the Peach Orchard. We talk about his new book on …

Atlantic History in the 19th Century with Niels Eichhorn

May 14th, 2020


For the longest time, scholars thought of "Atlantic History" as an 18th century phenomenon. Niels and I take another look - at the so-called "long …

Gettysburg in the 20th Century with John Heckman - The Tattooed Historian

May 4th, 2020


Every year John takes my Civil War students around the Gettysburg battlefield and shows them the WWI and WWII hot spots. We couldn't go this year - …

How Surrender Defined the Civil War with David Silkenat

March 13th, 2020


David and I discuss his fantastic new book, Raising the White Flag. You should get a can thank me later :) 

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The False Cause with Adam Domby

February 10th, 2020


Adam and I discuss his NEW book, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory - ANNNNNDDDDDD....talking about this stuff in the classroom and on the Interwebs. 

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The Three-Cornered War with Megan Kate Nelson

February 3rd, 2020


Megan and I discuss her latest book, The Three-Cornered War...and she explains why the Civil War in the western territories was so important. 

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Living by Inches with Evan Kutzler

January 20th, 2020


I am super stoked to speak with Evan about his new book, Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons - we take on the lived experience of POWs - what it smelled, sounded, …

Civil War Fandom with Mary Fincher

January 4th, 2020


What does it mean to be a "fan" of the Civil War? I asked the Civil War Fangirl - Mary Fincher, co-host of the Railsplitter Podcast - to find out. 

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History and the Public at Gettysburg National Military Park with Chris Gwinn

December 12th, 2019


Chris and I discuss some of the finer points in public history. 

Disclaimer: the views expressed on this episode of The Rogue Historian do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Park Service or Gettysburg …

A Fresh Look at Civil War Veterans with Kate Dahlstrand

November 26th, 2019


I love having guests who share my passion! Kate, a veteran herself, weighs in on recent scholarship on Civil War vets and offered some new and quite …

What's the Role of the Historian in 2019? with Robert Greene II

November 23rd, 2019


I was reading though Dr. Robert Greene II's excellent blog, 40 Acres and a Starship...and he got me to thinking. It's a good thing, y'all. 

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Canine Celebrity with Kelli Huggins

November 19th, 2019


A great chat  about celebrity dogs, American identity, and local history with Kelli Huggins, the author of Curiosities of Elmira. Animal loves (and everyone else) enjoy the show! 

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Secession, the Civil War, and a Transnational Perspective with Niels Eichhorn

November 14th, 2019


Niels and I discuss his first book, Liberty and Slavery: European Separatists, Southern Secession, and the American Civil War...and think about the American Civil War in global terms. For realz.

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Cracking Wise with History with Matt Palmquist of CivilWarHumor

November 11th, 2019


I’ve wanted Matt on the show for ages…for the simple reason that he knows his Civil War history and makes me laugh when he discusses it.

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African Americans Respond to Racism and the Early Film Industry with Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders

November 4th, 2019


This was a fantastic and very enlightening interview…and I am especially happy because Ashleigh’s forthcoming work on black intellectual activity will most certainly influence my own work.

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Review - Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates

November 1st, 2019


Greetings! Today I am reviewing Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Black people - their voices, their aspirations, their actions - take center stage in …

Queer Miami before 1940 with Julio Capó, Jr.

October 31st, 2019


Julio and I discuss his book Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 - about a city that embraced gender and sexuality difference long before …

Opium Slavery with Jonathan Jones

October 28th, 2019


The United States is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis...but it's not the first time this has happened. I speak with Jonathan Jones about "opium slavery" and Civil War veterans. Tragic indeed. 

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The Battle of Negro Fort with Matthew J. Clavin

October 13th, 2019


I was very happy to speak with Matt Clavin, a professor of history at the University of Houston. We take on his most recent publication, The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community. Listen …

Immigration, the Civil War, and Blogging Reconstruction with Patrick Young

October 2nd, 2019


I'm stoked to welcome Pat to the show - when he not at work practicing immigration law in New York, he's busy blogging some first-rate stuff on the Civil War and Reconstruction. You'll for sure know him the Immigrant's …

Review - Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr

October 1st, 2019


James Longstreet can't catch a break...and folks love to hate on him. Pfarr's book attempts to resurrect the general's reputation. 

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Disability. Masculinity, and War with Sarah Handley-Cousins

September 26th, 2019


We get right down to discussing the finer points of 19th-century masculinity during and following the Civil War and how soldiers’ damaged minds and …

Running Through History with Todd Aydelotte

September 6th, 2019


I am always happy to speak with folks who have an interesting and innovative approach to exploring their passion for history. Today I speak with Todd …

Review - Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” along the Emmitsburg Road by James A. Hessler and Britt C. Isenberg

September 1st, 2019


Okay admit it. The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg confuses the hell out of you. Want to figure it out and impress your friends on the battlefield? Grab a copy of this book. 

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Searching for Black Confederates with Kevin Levin

August 27th, 2019


It's great to welcome Kevin BACK to the show...we discuss his new book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth - and get down to why the myth is so compelling to so many. We also talk …

Exploring Public History with Nick Sacco

August 23rd, 2019


It was great to speak to NPS ranger Nick Sacco about his work in public history at the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site in St. Louis Mo. 

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The League of Wives with Heath Hardage Lee

August 13th, 2019


Join me as I speak with Heath Hardage Lee about the women who defied gender assumptions and red tape to lobby the US government and bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. 

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Review - Civil War Barons by Jeffry D. Wert

August 1st, 2019


I never really thought finance, inventions, and entrepreneurial activity were all that sexy...until I read this book.   

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Historians and the Twitterverse with Kevin Kruse

July 29th, 2019


Some have called him Twitter's I spoke with Kevin Kruse about what that means, the usefulness of social media, and the historian's …

The Free State of Jones with Victoria Bynum

July 25th, 2019


I was very pleased to speak with Dr. Victoria Bynum...who wrote the book The Free State of Jones, which inspired the Matthew McConaughey film of the same name. But the story, as you will see, goes a lot deeper than what …

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 …

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. 

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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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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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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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 …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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! 

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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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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 - …

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. …

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 …

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.


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 …

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 …

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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