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March 16

Ep. 0097: A History of American Slavery Part III: Slavery & the American Revolution

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  • How the American Revolution influenced the discourse on slavery
  • British policies towards American slaves during the war
  • American policies towards slaves & free blacks during the war
  • Slavery in the South post-Independence
  • The phasing out of slavery in the North post-Independence

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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May 21

Ep. 0061: The American Revolution Part IV: 1778-81

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  • The increasingly influential counterrevolutionary faction among the independence leaders, as exemplified by John Adams & his essay, “Thoughts on Government”
  • The largely mythical “Conway Cabal” against George Washington
  • The fate of radical & guerrilla warfare advocate Gen. Charles Lee
  • The impact of French & Spanish intervention
  • Baron Von Steuben’s effects (for good & ill) on the Continental Army
  • Benedict Arnold’s Betrayal
  • The British switch to a Southern strategy, which initially goes well for them
  • How the British began to get bogged down by partisan warfare and chaos in the Backcountry, and how clever American commanders such as Nathanael Greene and Daniel Morgan were able to turn the tide
  • The retreat of the British Southern Army to Yorktown, VA, and their ultimate surrender to a Franco-American force in 1781, ending major military operations of the war

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May 12

Ep. 0060: The American Revolution Part III: 1776-1777

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  • Thomas Paine & Common Sense
  • The British evacuation of Boston
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • An overview of some of the military operations and battles of 1776-7, including Long Island, Trenton, Bennington, and Saratoga
  • The winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge
  • A word about the 1777 British government document, “Considerations on the Great Question, What is Fit to Be Done with America?”

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April 28

Ep. 0059: The American Revolution Part II: 1775

 

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  • Some thoughts on Great Man historical narratives
  • An overview of what was happening in terms of rising tensions in late-1774 and early-1775, much of which related to British attempts to limit colonists’ access to weapons and gunpowder
  • A fairly detailed account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord on April 19, 1775
  • The actions of the Continental Congress, including the appointment of George Washington as Commander of the new Continental Army, and its consequences for the war and the future of America
  • Ethan Allen & his Green Mountain Boys
  • Some other early battles
  • The situation as of the close of 1775

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April 17

Ep. 0058: The American Revolution, Part I: 1763-1774

Since this April is the 240th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Prof CJ has decided to do a multi-part Dangerous History Podcast series on this conflict, trying to focus as much as possible on the dangerous parts of the story, and the deeper implications of it, that the Man would rather omit from the narrative.

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  •  The state of affairs in the aftermath of the Seven Years War (aka French & Indian War)
  • The various ways the British government attempted to increase their tax revenues from the North American colonies, and the resulting resistance from some of the colonists
  • A look at the average, grassroots insurgents, including who they were and what motivated them
  • The little-known False Alarm incident of September 1774, in which a rumor spread throughout the northeastern colonies that the British Navy had destroyed Boston, and the resulting spontaneous mobilization of thousands of New Englanders to get revenge, which was aborted when the rumor proved false, but which showed how quickly ordinary people could and would mobilize

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September 20

Ep. 0118: Party Systems in American History, Part I

In light of the currently ongoing freakshow — er, ‘campaign’ — I decided to talk a bit about the big-picture view of the history of American political party systems.  (BTW, audio quality gets better about 2/3 of the through — I did the first part of the episode when I was a bit hoarse & it was storming outside; last third was done the following morning.  These are the trials & travails of being a super-busy guerrilla podcaster with a day job & a family, who has to lay down the tracks whenever he has a chance, whether things are ideal or not.)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • What “party systems” are in American political history
  • The First Party System (Federalists vs. Democratic-Republicans, ~1792-1820ish)
  • The Second Party System (Democrats vs. Whigs, ~1828-1854)
  • The Second Great Awakening, the differences between “Pietist” and “Liturgical” Christians, and the impact of this on political party preferences
  • The Third Party System (Democrats vs. Republicans, 1856-1896)

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March 8

Ep. 0096: A History of American Slavery, Part II: Colonial Slavery in British North America

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  • Slavery as a solution to the labor shortages in the New World once enslaved Indians and white indentured servants proved to be inadequate for the purposes of large-scale staple crop agriculture
  • The evolution of slavery in different parts of colonial North America, including the Chesapeake colonies, South Carolina & Georgia, French Louisiana, and the Northern colonies
  • The evolution of the slave trade into the 18th century
  • The evolution of slavery in British North America in the years leading up to the American Revolution

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July 1

Ep. 0066: Revolutionary Aftershocks Part II: The Whiskey Rebellion

Today we cover the last blow in the American Revolution’s Thermidor:  the Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s.

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  • Raising more questions about what history really is and what most historians really do, using Bentley Little’s short story “The Washingtonians” (which was also adapted into an episode of the TV series Masters of Horror), a story that Prof CJ thinks has direct relevance to the Dangerous History Podcast in general, and to this episode in particular
  • The long history of anti-excise sentiment in the Anglo-American world
  • The origin of Alexander Hamilton’s excise tax on whiskey
  • The grievances that many Westerners had regarding this tax, and a variety of other issues
  • Anger on the part of many Westerners (especially the poor), culminating in rebellion
  • The crackdown in Western Pennsylvania
  • The troubling & somewhat ambiguous aftermath & legacy of this rebellion, and how it fits into the Revolution/Thermidor framework outlined last episode

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