March 19

Ep. 0138: Free State of Jones: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, we take a look at another film set in the American Civil War:  the 2016 film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. This film tells the story of Confederate deserter Newton Knight, who led an insurgent force composed of escaped slaves and Confederate deserters against the Confederacy in his area of Mississippi.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A synopsis of the film
  • Some discussion of its themes and historicity
  • CJ’s take on the film, compared and contrasted with the professional critics’ take

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March 8

Ep. 0137: Gibraltar of the Confederacy: The Not-So-Civil War Part 6

Jeff Davis called it the nail that held the Confederacy together; Abe Lincoln called it the key to winning the war. It doesn’t get as much attention from people who aren’t well-versed in the history of this war, but the Vicksburg Campaign was at least as important as the battle of Gettysburg in bringing about the eventual Union victory in this conflict — and many experts argue that Vicksburg was actually much more important in the grand strategic equation.

(Note: Slip of the tongue, when discussing Braxton Bragg, I accidentally said he won at “Chattanooga”; meant to say “Chickamauga.” Caught it in post, but decided that correcting it at that point would make for an awkward edit, so just left it as-is. Interestingly, I got the battle correct when mentioning the flip side of it — ie, Rosecrans’ defeat there.)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Battle of Stones River/Murfreesboro
  • A little biographical info on Generals John Pemberton, Joseph Johnston, Braxton Bragg, William Rosecrans, and William Sherman
  • Early Union attempts at Vicksburg in late 1862 and early 1863, which failed
  • The final, successful campaign against the Confederate stronghold, which resulted in its fall on July 4, 1863
  • The Union seizure of Port Hudson, which sealed up Union control of the Mississippi watershed

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February 27

Ep. 0136: Shenandoah: A Dangerous History Movie Review

In this episode, we take a look at the 1965 Civil War film Shenadoah, written by James Lee Barrett, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring Jimmy Stewart.

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  • A synopsis and review of Shenandoahand its themes

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February 12

Ep. 0135: More Valor, Less Judgment: The Not-So-Civil War Part 5

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Lincoln’s General Orders No. 100, aka ‘the Lieber Code’
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg
  • The Chancellorsville Campaign
  • The Death of Stonewall Jackson & Southern Civil Religion

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January 31

Ep. 0134: Battle Cry of Freedomishness: The Not So Civil War Part 4

I was originally going to discuss the song “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the Emancipation Proclamation, and then cover another major battle or two at the end. However, by the time I got done talking about the Proclamation, I had more than enough material for an entire episode, so decided to just stop there for now. Hope you enjoy!

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The song “Battle Cry of Freedom,” composed by George F. Root in July of 1862
  • The Lincoln-Greeley letters of August 1862
  • The Emancipation Proclamation (announced in September 1862 & implemented in January 1863) and its effects

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January 23

Ep. 0133: Crisis & Leviathans: The Not-So-Civil War Part 3

In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Confederate governments.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The mobilization of manpower, finances, and resources in the North
  • The mobilization of manpower, finances, and resources in the South

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January 16

Ep. 0132: Upping the Ante: The Not-so-Civil War Part 2

In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A little bit of background on the 4 most important generals in this episode: Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson; George McClellan; and Ulysses Grant
  • The Union’s campaign to control the Mississippi watershed system in the Western theater of the war, including the Battle of Shiloh
  • Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign
  • McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign against Richmond & Lee’s counterattack, known as The Seven Days’ Battles
  • The Confederate invasion of Maryland & the Battle of Antietam

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December 31

Ep. 0131: Opening Gambits: The Not-So-Civil War Part 1

Drum roll please……………..Here we go — the first podcast installment in a monstrous enterprise, CJ’s White Whale: the Dangerous History Podcast’s coverage of the War Between the States!

In this first installment, we’ll cover the opening moves, from December 1860 to November 1861.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The secession of the seven states of the Deep South following the election of Abraham Lincoln
  • The formation of the Confederate States of America, including its constitution
  • The accession to office of the Lincoln Administration
  • The firing on Fort Sumter
  • Sumter’s impact on the North and the South, including the secession of the Upper South
  • Lincoln’s actions to try to keep the Border States in the Union, by any means neccessary
  • Preparations for war & early skirmishes
  • The Battle of Manassas (or First Bull Run) and its impact
  • Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (written in Nov. 1861) as portent of the total war-crusade to come

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December 19

Ep. 0130: CJ’s 25 Favorite Antiwar Songs

Encompassing a variety of musical genres & a variety of wars, here they are, CJ’s favorite 25 antiwar songs.

Links below on the song titles are to CJ’s favorite version that’s available on Youtube of each song. Some are versions by the original artist, and some are covers that CJ actually likes a little better than the originals.

Join CJ as he discusses:

Or listen to them all in a row as a playlist (thanks to listener Jon for slapping that together.)

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December 12

Ep. 0129: The Psychology of Power & Obedience with Jim Cunagin

On this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, CJ talks with Dr. Jim Cunagin, a practicing psychiatrist, about the psychology of power and obedience and some of the experiments that can help us understand these phenomena.

Join CJ & Jim as they discuss:

  • Stanley Milgram’s experiments
  • Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment
  • The conformity experiments of Solomon Asch
  • The Bystander Effect (or ‘Kitty Genovese Effect’)
  • Jane Elliot’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes experiment
  • The lessons and meaning of these experiments when it comes to understanding power,

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(image ‘Stand Out From the Crowd’ courtesy Renjith Krishnan at freedigitalphotos.net)

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