March 25

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

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • 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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February 14

Ep. 0094: British Bric-a-brac (CJ’s grad school research project from 2005)

Several listeners have asked about work and research I did while in graduate school, so I decided to share with you one of the few things I wrote in grad school that A) I still have and B) I’m proud of & think is at least somewhat interesting.

Between the World Wars, the British government held ‘Empire Exhibitions’ in Wembley & Glasgow to celebrate the British Empire.  I investigated these exhibitions from the standpoint of propaganda, in an effort to figure out what messages the British elite were trying to inculcate into the exhibitions’ attendees. Among the sources I used was an unconventional sort — souvenirs.

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  • His 2005 research paper, “British Bric-a-brac: Souvenirs and the Message of the 1924-25 Wembley and 1938 Glasgow British Empire Exhibitions”

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February 2

Ep. 0093: 10 Books to Slay the State

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Law by Frederic Bastiat
  • The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boetie
  • The State by Franz Oppenheimer
  • Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America by Edmund Morgan
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  • Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes by Jacques Ellul
  • The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard
  • Death by Government by R.J. Rummel
  • The Art of Not Being Governed by James C. Scott
  • Notes on Democracy by H.L. Mencken
  • Plus several other ‘honorable mentions’ that for one reason or another didn’t quite make this top 10 list

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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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January 8

Ep. 0090: Listener Emails #4

Alright, first episode of 2016 for the DHP & it’s going to be something I haven’t done in a criminally negligently long time: listener emails.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Monotheism vs. polytheism in relation to state power
  • Psychology as a means of control
  • Irish slavery in the British Empire & what to do about questionable internet history memes
  • A story about George Carlin’s anarchism

Thanks to Jeff, Derek, Ken, & Steve for their emails!

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December 24

Ep. 0089: The Christmas Truce

One-hundred-and-one Christmases ago, in the cold, damp, muddy ditches of the Western Front, the rank-and-file of the Allied and German armies spontaneously set aside their hatreds to take a break from mass-murdering each other, much to the dismay of their so-called ‘leaders.’

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The context of the Christmas Truce
  • How it happened
  • The aftermath, legacy, and lessons to be learned from it

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