June 18

Ep. 0065: Revolutionary Aftershocks Part I: Shays’ Rebellion

Every revolution produces people (generally of the lower ranks within the revolutionary faction) who take the rhetoric & supposed ideology of the revolution at face value and expect that rhetoric & ideology to actually apply to them.  But every revolution also produces people (generally of the elite within the revolutionary faction) who really just want to be the “new boss” and, as a result, are often willing to blatantly violate the stated ideals of the revolution they were ostensibly leading.

Here we see this phenomenon in regards to the aftermath of the American Revolution, and two oft-overlooked ‘rebellions’ in early post-Independence History — Shays’ Rebellion of the 1780s and the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s.  This episode will cover Shays’ Rebellion, and next episode will cover the Whiskey Rebellion.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The concept of Thermidor and how the things we’re talking about in this episode (plus the writing & ratification of the Constitution, which we’re not getting into in great detail here, & the Whiskey a Rebellion we’re covering next time) constituted Thermidor for the (partial as it was) American Revolution
  • Shays’ Rebellion, from its origins through its suppression and aftermath
  • How the Rebellion added impetus to those pushing for a bigger, stronger federal government (eventually called “Federalists”) and how the Federalists’ victory with the US Constitution set the stage for the next Revolutionary Aftershock, the Whiskey Rebellion, which we’ll cover next episode

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June 9

Ep. 0064: One Year Anniversary of the Dangerous History Podcast

On June 9th, 2014, the world changed in the profound way that it usually only does once every millennium or so, because this was the day that the Dangerous History Podcast was born.

Today we turn retrospective & introspective and take a look at where this podcast has been & where it’s going.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The progress he’s made with the Dangerous History Podcast
  • Thanks to all those who’ve helped build & improve the show and grow its audience
  • Some words of hope that, if I can do what I’ve done so far (despite not being a naturally tech-savvy person), you can learn whatever it is you need to learn to do whatever it is you’d like to do!

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  • Something I meant to mention on the podcast but forgot (thanks to lack of notes) was to thank Michael W. Dean for putting out great audio tips at Creamy Radio Audio (& thanks to Ben Stone for tipping me off to it!) This site is chock-full of great tips for anyone who’s interested in podcasting or other DIY media projects, and it’s helped me improve my audio quality despite my scanty budget.

(Image “Freedom” courtesy of ‘Graur Razvan Ionut’ on freedigitalphotos.net)

June 8

Ep. 0063: The American Revolution Part VI: Reflections on the Revolution

Finally -we wrap up our American Revolution coverage with a hodepodge grab-bag of thoughts & observations on the Revolution, what it was really about, how revolutionary it really was, and lessons we can learn from it today.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Patriotism vs Nationalism
  • Why you should avoid hero-worship
  • Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
  • Winning battles vs winning wars
  • Well-armed populations are harder to oppress
  • Decentralization as a strength, not a weakness
  • An extended exploration of whether or not the American Revolution was really a revolution — to which Prof CJ argues there’s not a clear-cut answer — and a suggestion as to how present-day radicals for freedom should see the American Revolution

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  • DHP Ep. 59 (see the comments referred to in this episode)
  • DHP Ep. 54 (“Three Leftist Historians Every Libertarian Should Read” – referenced in this episode in regard to William Appleman Williams’ America Confronts a Revolutionary World)

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June 1

Ep. 0062: The American Revolution Part V: Ending the War, Winners & Losers

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The British government’s cessation of hostilities following Yorktown
  • The Paris Peace talks & the terms of Treaty of Paris, 1783
  • Why the British lost the war
  • Winners & Losers as a result of this war, which is a more complicated topic than you might think

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