May 22

Ep. 0140: Thoughts on Cyclical History & Generations

If you read widely enough in history, sooner or later you start to think there are some clearly repeating themes and problems and trends, and that there are pendulums in society that swing back and forth every few generations. You might get the sense that history might be more about cycles than about continuous progression in a straight line. Is there anything to this impression? Today we explore the concept of cyclical history and what role different generations might play in such a cycle through the lens of Strauss-Howe generational theory.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Ancient conceptions of cyclical time
  • The concept of linear time
  • Some modern conceptions of cyclical time
  • The generational theory of William Strauss & Neil Howe, authors of (among other things) the famous book The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
  • What the Strauss-Howe theory says about recent American history as well as about its present & future
  • CJ’s thoughts on Strauss & Howe’s theory

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April 21

Ep. 0139: Gettysburg: The Not-So-Civil War Part 7

It was the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, and the high tide for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

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  • A little bit about Generals James Longstreet, George Pickett, and George Gordon Meade
  • Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania, culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863
  • The New York City draft/race riots that occurred less than 2 weeks later
  • Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered Nov. 19th, 1863, including its impact & legacy

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April 6

Patreon Bonus Episode #11 Published

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Patreon Bonus Ep.#11: Damn the Torpedos!: The Naval Not-So-Civil War, Part 1 (an overview of all naval aspects of this war minus the blockade & all its effects — which will be coverd in the Naval Not-So-Civil War Part 2 — and a few other things already covered in regular episodes) has been published and is now available to all current Patreon supporters of the DHP who’ve pledged at least $5 per month.

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March 29

Patreon Bonus Episode #10 Published

Patreon Bonus Ep.#10: CJ’s reading of “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain has been published and is now available to all current Patreon supporters of the DHP who’ve pledged at least $5 per month.

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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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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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