April 27

Ep. 0101: A History of American Slavery Part VI: Society & Culture in the Antebellum South

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A review of the difference between “a society with slaves” and “a slave society”
  • A brief sketch of the concept of ‘cultural hegemony’
  • Slavery & the Southern legal system
  • The concept of paternalism in the Antebellum South
  • The social & cultural impact of slavery on the slaves themselves, the planter class, and non-slaveowning whites

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April 1

Ep. 0099: A History of American Slavery Part V: Economics & Politics of Antebellum Slavery

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  • Some of the economic aspects of Antebellum slavery
  • An overview of the politics of slavery at the federal level during the Antebellum period
  • [BTW: When I referenced the “presidential election of 1814” as being between Lewis Cass (Dem) & Zachary Taylor (Whig), I meant “presidential election of 1848.” Don’t know how I mangled that one, cause I know better, and it was correct in my notes, too!]

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March 25

Ep. 0098: A History of American Slavery Part IV: Rise of the Cotton Kingdom

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  • The famous “Cotton is King” speech given by Sen. James Henry Hammond (D-SC) in 1858
  • A brief defintion of the term ‘Antebellum’
  • Slavery & the US Constitution
  • Some major trends & patterns of Antebellum slavery
  • How & why cotton became ‘king’ of the Southern economy in the Antebellum period

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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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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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February 27

Ep. 0095: A History of American Slavery, Part I: Origins of Atlantic Slavery

This is part one of a multi-part series on the history of chattel slavery in America.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Some basic introductions & things to keep in mind for this series
  • A very brief overview of the prior history of slavery in history
  • The origins of European involvement in the African slave trade, beginning with the Portuguese in the 15th and 16th Centuries
  • The beginnings of slavery in the European colonies
  • The question of the relationship between racism & slavery, and some possible sources of antiblack racism on the part of Europeans

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January 24

Ep. 0092: Top Ten Dangerous US History Books

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  • Crisis & Leviathan by Robert Higgs
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin
  • The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by William Appleman Williams
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • The Triumph of Conservatism by Gabriel Kolko
  • The Yankee and Cowboy War by Carl Oglesby
  • The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
  • Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men by Jeffrey Hummel
  • Family of Secrets by Russ Baker
  • A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russell
  • Plus several other ‘honorable mentions’ that for one reason or another didn’t quite make CJ’s top 10

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January 17

Ep. 0091: Assassination Ruminations

I’m back to work after Christmas break, and so fittingly I’ve got an episode recorded while commuting in The Silver Bullet (my silver Hyundai Accent hatchback.)

How should we think about the deaths of famous and/or influential people?  Are all deaths of such people suspicious?  I don’t have all the answers, but here are some of my thoughts on these complicated matters.  It’s time to do something very difficult: Moderate conspiracy theorizing, wherein one neither believes the official story nor jumps to outlandish conclusions based on shaky (or nonexistent) evidence.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • An overview of all presidents who’ve died in office, whether from natural, unnatural, or disputed causes
  • A few words about other assassinations of important people in relatively recent history, such as Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A few words about recent deaths of important media figures that at least some people find questionable
  • How, in order to be intellectually honest, we have to be willing to accept a degree of uncertainty on many of these deaths and assassinations, and we must be willing to accept “I don’t know” and/or “we’ll never know for sure” where appropriate
  • How assassinations rarely result in any significant change to the track that the state is on when they occur, and how, more often than not, assassinations simply accelerate existing trends

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December 15

Ep. 0088: Thaddeus Russell on Undermining Jihadists with Britney Spears & more

Thaddeus Russell is a historian and cultural critic and the author of A Renegade History of the United States. He holds a Ph D from Columbia University. He teaches American history and cultural studies at Occidental College and has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College.   He has published articles in a variety of scholarly and popular venues.  Russell has appeared on the History Channel, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Join CJ & Thad as they discuss:

  • Thad’s background, including how the material that eventually became A Renegade History of the United States prevented him from getting a tenure-track position at Barnard College
  • Thad’s thoughts on cultural history vs. Marxism, the consumer revolution, the market, and capitalism
  • The tensions between puritanism and hedonism in capitalism and in American history
  • The influence of Michel Foucault on Thad’s work
  • The puritanism and asceticism of democracy
  • How ‘ideology free’ or ‘objective’ history is nonsense
  • Thad’s rejection of objective reality and morality
  • Some thoughts on the present and future of higher education
  • Thad’s current project on the history of American pop culture’s spread & influence around the world

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November 5

Ep. 0084: DHP Villains: Robert Morris, Original Bankster

Robert Morris is one of the lesser-known “Founding Fathers” today, even though arguably he was one of the most important and influential.  He served as a virtual chief executive of the country in the latter years of the Revolutionary war and was the father of the American Federal Leviathan and the crony capitalist system that lives in symbiosis with it.

(BTW, I was a bit under the weather, but happy to get this one cranked out anyway!)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Robert Morris’ origins, rise in business, and entry into American politics
  • His role early in the war as a key member of the Secret Committee of Trade, and some of his questionable dealings in that capacity
  • Morris’ leaving of Congress in 1778 and return in 1781 as Superintendent of Finance, a post he held until 1784
  • Morris’ role as one of the most powerful members of what historians now refer to as the “Nationalists,” who pushed for a stronger central government, more taxes, a central bank, and a large, fully funded national debt, as means by which to create a system in America more to their liking
  • The eventual success the ‘Nationalists’ had several years after the war, when they became the ‘Federalists’ who wrote & implemented the Constitution
  • How Robert Morris’ handpicked man for Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, succeeded in implementing most of Morris’ wishlist during the Washington Administration, and the legacy that has passed onto American history ever since

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