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The Rogue Historian

By Keith Harris
United States history. No academic nitwittery – just some really smart people discussing essential historical topics: political, social, cultural, and economic. Subscribe, listen, and join the conversation at
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Black Northerners and the Debate over Military Service in the Civil War
I loved speaking with Brian Taylor about his new book: Fighting for Citizenship - he really challenged my thinking about black northerners and their service in the Civil War. Hope you enjoy... it's the last show of 2020!! 
December 24, 2020
Chasing Portraits with Elizabeth Rynecki
Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of Polish Jewish artist Moshe Rynecki. She and I discussed her incredible documentary film, Chasing Portraits - about the search for Moshe's artwork lost during World War II. 
December 14, 2020
In Search of Sexual Health with Elliott Bowen
A fascinating conversation about syphilis and heath tourism in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Elliott is the author of In Search of Sexual Health: Diagnosing and Treating Syphilis in Hot Springs Arkansas, 1890-1940. 
December 08, 2020
The War Outside My Window with Janet E. Croon
Jan and I discuss her edited volume: The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1861-1865. The diary offers the unique perspective of a young man bedridden during the war. 
November 23, 2020
The Families' Civil War with Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.
Holly and I discuss his forthcoming book, The Families' Civil War...all about Philly, black soldiers in the USCT, and their extended families at home. 
November 16, 2020
Colossal Ambitions and Confederate Exceptionalism with Adrian Brettle
Greetings! Adrian and I discuss his new book, Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World...and how the Rebs saw themselves in a global context (it's really interesting, y'all...)
November 12, 2020
Gettysburg's Lutheran Seminary and the Battle on July 1, 1863 with Codie Eash
One of my favorite spots on the battlefield - which doesn't get the love it deserves. Codie takes us on a virtual "tour" of sorts and contextualizes Seminary Ridge in the context of the Battle of Gettysburg and the war
November 08, 2020
The "Dark Turn" in Civil War History with Sarah Handley-Cousins, Jonathan S. Jones, and Diane Miller Sommerville (part II)
We wrap up our discussion on the so-called "dark turn" and even respond to some pretty harsh criticism. 
November 04, 2020
The "Dark Turn" in Civil War History with Sarah Handley-Cousins, Jonathan S. Jones, and Diane Miller Sommerville (part I)
I sit down with three Rogue Historian veterans to discuss the so-called "Dark Turn" and how we might use it to rethink how we understand Civil War soldiering. 
November 02, 2020
Unpacking the Cambridge History of the American Civil War with Aaron Sheehan-Dean
I speak with the editor of the new Cambridge Civil War anthology about the process and about the discipline. 
October 29, 2020
The Age of Andrew Jackson with Daniel Gullotta
Daniel Gullotta is Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University and the host of the Age of Jackson podcast - he and I discuss podcasting, the public, and Antebellum politics (with a little of the election of 2020 mixed in). Enjoy! 
October 25, 2020
Seceding from Secession: the Creation of West Virginia with Eric J .Wittenberg
Eric and I discuss the Civil War (eventual) state of West Virginia, the the tensions, and the Constitutional hurdles of creating the 5th border state. Check out his new BOOK on the subject - Seceding from Secession: War, Politics, and the Creation of West Virginia.  
October 21, 2020
George Washington and His Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky
Lindsay and I discuss her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution..I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too - have a listen! .
October 19, 2020
The Powells of Virginia with Alison Herring (part II)
Alison and I continue our conversation about the Powell family - and especially on the enslaved people connected to them. 
October 14, 2020
The Powells of Virginia with Alison Herring (part I)
Alison and I discuss the extraordinary lives of the Powell family of Virginia and those to whom they were connected in the years leading up to and during the American Civil War. 
October 11, 2020
The Road to the Second Amendment with Noah Shusterman (part II)
Noah and I pick up where we left off in part I and discuss why Noah thinks the Second Amendment no longer makes sense...which btw, is the opening line in his new book, Armed Citizens: The Road from Ancient Rome to the Second Amendment. 
October 07, 2020
The Road to the Second Amendment with Noah Shusterman (part I)
This is a conversation that anyone who has an interest in the Second Amendment should hear...Noah and I discuss his latest book, Armed Citizens: the Road to the Second Amendment. IN part one we discuss context and meaning behind the amendment...good stuff! 
October 05, 2020
Reconciliation after Civil Wars with Paul Quigley and James Hawdon
I love discussing reconciliation - I's kinda my thing. In this episode, we take on reconciliation by casting a wider net... and look at Paul and Jim's latest book, Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives. 
September 28, 2020
Reflections on the American Civil War with Gary Gallagher (part II)
Gary and I continue our conversation covering the themes in his latest book: The Enduring Civil War - and even take questions from Twitter! How cool is that? 
September 24, 2020
Reflections on the American Civil War with Gary Gallagher (part I)
The first of a two-part episode in which Gary and I discuss his latest book, The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis. This collection of 71 essay will surely captivate anyone interested in the war...and we address a number of themes in the book. 
September 20, 2020
The Wickedest City in America with Tammy Ingram
Tammy and I discuss her forthcoming book on organized crime in Phenix City, Alabama. Guess what. I had no idea about any of this. Seriously...mind = blown. 
September 13, 2020
The Use and Legacy of Landmines in the Civil War with Ken Rutherford
Ken and I discuss the use and legacy of landmines in the Civil War...and Ken's work to ban the use of landmines worldwide, as explained in his latest book: America's Buried History. 
September 06, 2020
Power and Politics in the Civil War South with Stephanie McCurry
MY 100th EPISODE!!! I discuss the Confederate experiment in nationhood with Dr. Stephanie McCurry...and especially her book Confederate Reckoning. 
August 31, 2020
Reflecting on the Work and Legacy of Bernard Bailyn with Michael Hattem
I chat with historian of Early America Michael Hattem, author of the forthcoming Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution, about the work of Bernard Bailyn...and the convo is fascinating. This is the first in a series of discussions concerning major figures in American historiography - enjoy!! 
August 24, 2020
European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy with Ann L. Tucker
Ann and I chat about her new book: Newest Born of Nations - which details the liberal/conservative tensions embedded within Confederate nationalism in a 19th-century international context.   
August 17, 2020
Free Love and Radicals with Sherry L. Smith
Poetry and progressive politics frame the backdrop for this fascinating story - I sit down with Sherry to discuss her latest book: Bohemians West
August 13, 2020
The Stories We Keep Telling about the Civil War with Cody Marrs
I sit down with Cody to talk through some of the ideas in his latest: Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling about the Civil War. I love this stuff...and we had a great convo! 
August 04, 2020
The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America with Daniel Mandell
I sit down to discuss Dan's latest book: The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America. Listen up!! Some of these things might sound awfully familiar to you...and they go WAY back! 
July 30, 2020
American Discord with Megan L. Bever and Laura Mammina
I sit down with Megan and Laura to take on some particulars of the Civil War era which help us explain the war broadly defined....all outlined in their new book, American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era. 
July 24, 2020
The Revolt that Ended Slavery in the British Empire with Tom Zoellner
Tom and I discuss his latest book, Island on Fire - about the 1831-32 slave revolt in Jamaica. 
July 18, 2020
Environmental History and the Civil War with Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver
I am very much looking forward to using Judkin and Tim's new book, An Environmental History of the Civil War in my own classroom - today we discuss some of the salient points in the book. 
July 03, 2020
Confederate Monuments and the Changing Commemorative Landscape with Hilary Green
Hey all - if you listen to just one of my shows...listen to this one.  Dr. Green and I discuss the current efforts to remove Confederate monuments across the South and why this changing narrative is so vastly significant.  
June 26, 2020
The Slave Trade in the Civil War South with Robert Colby
Oh yes...the slave trade in the Confederacy was as vibrant as ever - I talk with Dr. Robert Colby about what all that means....and it's fascinating stuff, y'all. 
June 22, 2020
Gettysburg's Peach Orchard with James Hessler
Get up to speed on the July 2, 1863 fun with Dan Sickles, James Longstreet and what was going on at the Peach Orchard. We talk about his new book on the subject and sort through the confusion. 
June 18, 2020
Atlantic History in the 19th Century with Niels Eichhorn
For the longest time, scholars thought of "Atlantic History" as an 18th century phenomenon. Niels and I take another look - at the so-called "long 19th century" and discuss his latest book on the subject: Atlantic History in the 19th Century. 
May 14, 2020
Gettysburg in the 20th Century with John Heckman - The Tattooed Historian
Every year John takes my Civil War students around the Gettysburg battlefield and shows them the WWI and WWII hot spots. We couldn't go this year - know, lock down. So we talked it out. 
May 04, 2020
How Surrender Defined the Civil War with David Silkenat
David and I discuss his fantastic new book, Raising the White Flag. You should get a can thank me later :) 
March 13, 2020
The False Cause with Adam Domby
Adam and I discuss his NEW book, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory - ANNNNNDDDDDD....talking about this stuff in the classroom and on the Interwebs. 
February 10, 2020
The Three-Cornered War with Megan Kate Nelson
Megan and I discuss her latest book, The Three-Cornered War...and she explains why the Civil War in the western territories was so important. 
February 03, 2020
Smells, Sounds, and Tastes of Civil War Prisons - A Review of Evan A. Kutzler's Living by Inches
My review of Evan Kutzler's new book, Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons - and listen to the interview
January 24, 2020
Living by Inches with Evan Kutzler
I am super stoked to speak with Evan about his new book, Living by Inches: The Smells, Sounds, Tastes, and Feeling of Captivity in Civil War Prisons - we take on the lived experience of POWs - what it smelled, sounded, and tasted like. Maybe you shouldn't listen before you eat :) 
January 20, 2020
Civil War Fandom with Mary Fincher
What does it mean to be a "fan" of the Civil War? I asked the Civil War Fangirl - Mary Fincher, co-host of the Railsplitter Podcast - to find out. 
January 04, 2020
History and the Public at Gettysburg National Military Park with Chris Gwinn
Chris and I discuss some of the finer points in public history.  Disclaimer: the views expressed on this episode of The Rogue Historian do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Park Service or Gettysburg National Military Park 
December 12, 2019
The Reverse Underground Railroad with Richard Bell
Rick and I discuss his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home 
December 01, 2019
A Fresh Look at Civil War Veterans with Kate Dahlstrand
I love having guests who share my passion! Kate, a veteran herself, weighs in on recent scholarship on Civil War vets and offered some new and quite valuable perspective. Listen up!! 
November 26, 2019
What's the Role of the Historian in 2019? with Robert Greene II
I was reading though Dr. Robert Greene II's excellent blog, 40 Acres and a Starship...and he got me to thinking. It's a good thing, y'all. 
November 23, 2019
Canine Celebrity with Kelli Huggins
A great chat  about celebrity dogs, American identity, and local history with Kelli Huggins, the author of Curiosities of Elmira. Animal loves (and everyone else) enjoy the show! 
November 19, 2019
The Reverse Underground Railroad: A Review of Stolen by Richard Bell
Richard Bell’s new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home,  is a beautifully crafted narrative tracing the story of five young boys - free African Americans from Philadelphia - who were kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1820s.
November 17, 2019
Secession, the Civil War, and a Transnational Perspective with Niels Eichhorn
Niels and I discuss his first book, Liberty and Slavery: European Separatists, Southern Secession, and the American Civil War...and think about the American Civil War in global terms. For realz.
November 14, 2019
Cracking Wise with History with Matt Palmquist of CivilWarHumor
I’ve wanted Matt on the show for ages…for the simple reason that he knows his Civil War history and makes me laugh when he discusses it.
November 11, 2019
In the Wake of Gettysburg - A Review of "Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken"
I took a crack at “Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken”: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863 by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus - and I think you can tell that I liked it :) 
November 10, 2019
Reassessing James Longstreet at Gettysburg with Cory Pfarr
Cory and I hash it out over the arguments in his new book, , Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment.  
November 07, 2019
African Americans Respond to Racism and the Early Film Industry with Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders
This was a fantastic and very enlightening interview…and I am especially happy because Ashleigh’s forthcoming work on black intellectual activity will most certainly influence my own work.
November 04, 2019
Review - Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates
Greetings! Today I am reviewing Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Black people - their voices, their aspirations, their actions - take center stage in Gates’s book, and rightfully so. Have a listen. 
November 01, 2019
Queer Miami before 1940 with Julio Capó, Jr.
Julio and I discuss his book Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 - about a city that embraced gender and sexuality difference long before the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. This is fascinating stuff that helps broaden our understanding of a transnational borderland.
October 31, 2019
Opium Slavery with Jonathan Jones
The United States is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis...but it's not the first time this has happened. I speak with Jonathan Jones about "opium slavery" and Civil War veterans. Tragic indeed. 
October 28, 2019
Suicide in the Civil War Era South with Diane Miller Sommerville
It was great to have Diane on the show...we discussed her latest book, Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War Era South. And...she schooled me on some stuff about which I was misinformed. I love it when that happens :) 
October 21, 2019
The Battle of Negro Fort with Matthew J. Clavin
I was very happy to speak with Matt Clavin, a professor of history at the University of Houston. We take on his most recent publication, The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community. Listen up y'all - this is a very good show. 
October 13, 2019
Immigration, the Civil War, and Blogging Reconstruction with Patrick Young
I'm stoked to welcome Pat to the show - when he not at work practicing immigration law in New York, he's busy blogging some first-rate stuff on the Civil War and Reconstruction. You'll for sure know him the Immigrant's Civil War series and the Reconstruction Era blog. 
October 02, 2019
Review - Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment by Cory M. Pfarr
James Longstreet can't catch a break...and folks love to hate on him. Pfarr's book attempts to resurrect the general's reputation. 
October 01, 2019
Disability. Masculinity, and War with Sarah Handley-Cousins
We get right down to discussing the finer points of 19th-century masculinity during and following the Civil War and how soldiers’ damaged minds and bodies compromised Victorian standards of masculinity.
September 26, 2019
Running Through History with Todd Aydelotte
I am always happy to speak with folks who have an interesting and innovative approach to exploring their passion for history. Today I speak with Todd Adyelotte - an ultrarunner who traces some of New York City's most salient historical mile at a time! 
September 06, 2019
Review - Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the “Commanding Ground” along the Emmitsburg Road by James A. Hessler and Britt C. Isenberg
Okay admit it. The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg confuses the hell out of you. Want to figure it out and impress your friends on the battlefield? Grab a copy of this book. 
September 01, 2019
Searching for Black Confederates with Kevin Levin
It's great to welcome Kevin BACK to the show...we discuss his new book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth - and get down to why the myth is so compelling to so many. We also talk about blogging as academics and using social media effectively. Listen up!! 
August 27, 2019
Exploring Public History with Nick Sacco
It was great to speak to NPS ranger Nick Sacco about his work in public history at the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site in St. Louis Mo. 
August 23, 2019
The League of Wives with Heath Hardage Lee
Join me as I speak with Heath Hardage Lee about the women who defied gender assumptions and red tape to lobby the US government and bring their POW/MIA husbands home from Vietnam. 
August 13, 2019
Review - "Too Much for Human Endurance": The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg
Ronald D. Kirkwood's new study, “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg, really helps us understand the significance of a vital piece of farmland just east of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. 
August 12, 2019
Review - Civil War Barons by Jeffry D. Wert
I never really thought finance, inventions, and entrepreneurial activity were all that sexy...until I read this book.   
August 01, 2019
Historians and the Twitterverse with Kevin Kruse
Some have called him Twitter's I spoke with Kevin Kruse about what that means, the usefulness of social media, and the historian's responsibilities to the public. 
July 29, 2019
The Free State of Jones with Victoria Bynum
I was very pleased to speak with Dr. Victoria Bynum...who wrote the book The Free State of Jones, which inspired the Matthew McConaughey film of the same name. But the story, as you will see, goes a lot deeper than what the movie covers. We talk about the history and memory of Jones county, and of course, the film. 
July 25, 2019
Review - The Million Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President by Christopher Lyle McIlwain, Sr.
I read this book straight through with increased interest at every turn of the page…and I don’t want to spoil the intricacies of the ending. Let’s just say that Gayle used the “I was just kidding” defense and well…he was not among those on the gallows when justice was finally go figure. 
July 20, 2019
Review - Death, Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton edited by Christopher E. Loperfido
This is a remarkable collection, as we have one physician writing to another...and sharing vivd details about Civil War medicine in the process. 
July 16, 2019
This Week in History Twitter July 14, 2019
These days Independence Day can ruffle some feathers...and so can the Northwest Ordinance. But all is not doom and gloom, get a load of NYC!! 
July 14, 2019
Review - Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862 by Alexander B. Rossino
Those of you with an interest in the Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg, if you must...) will love the hell out of this fictionalized account of Lee's 1862 invasion of Maryland. 
July 12, 2019
Review - That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17 1862 by Daniel J. Vermilya
There are turning points and there are turning points. But really folks, when it comes to the Civil War...Antietam has to be at least in the top three.
July 09, 2019
A Conversation with Robert Lee Hodge
I believe you will come away from this talk, as I did, with an understanding that despite our differences, we can absolutely sit down and have an honest conversation about the past. Like Robert Lee says…perhaps we should think less about passion and more about compassion…that’s at least a place to start...
July 08, 2019
Review - Race and Reunion by David W. Blight
I disagree with some of the best books ever. 
July 04, 2019
Heroines of Mercy Street with Pamela D. Toler
Today we discussed Pamela's book Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War. This is the book tie-in to the popular PBS series Mercy Street, which follows the stories of Civil War nurses, doctors, and civilians in Alexandria, Virginia. 
June 30, 2019
This Week in History Twitter June 25, 2019
Well...Andrew Jackson has had better weeks, which leads me to consider a bigger topic: what is it that historians actually do? 
June 25, 2019
Review - General Lee's Immortals by Michael C. Hardy
I had a few analytical issues with this one...but I thought the military history was on point and well written. 
June 23, 2019
Review - Prison Pens edited by Timothy Williams and Evan Kutzler
There are a number of remarkable things about this collection of edited Civil War letters, not the least of which is the gender negotiation between a prisoner of war and his wife behind the lines. Check this out - especially if you enjoy reading things that make you think about complexity. 
June 17, 2019
History Colorized and Animated with Matt Loughrey
I have a great chat with Matt Loughrey, the creator of My Colorful Past, about the intersection of technology and historical documents. 
June 14, 2019
This Week in History Twitter - June 12, 2019
If NPR is paying attention...sometimes it's a good idea to ask a historian before you publish. 
June 12, 2019
Book Review: The War Outside My Window by Janet Elizabeth Croon
Get to know the Confederate Cause from the perspective of a young invalid from Georgia during the Civil War. 
June 07, 2019
Yes, It Is Time for a New Civil War Documentary - with Keri Leigh Merritt
Keri Leigh and I hash out some of her ideas recently featured in the Smithsonian article: "Why We Need a New Civil War Documentary" and also Punk Rock music. Because why not. 
June 03, 2019
Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin
Kevin Levin throws down a challenge...and uses evidence and everything! Look out Neo-Confederates :) 
May 27, 2019
This Week in History Twitter - May 19, 2019
David McCullough takes a pretty big hit on the Twitter this week. Ouch. 
May 19, 2019
This Week in History Twitter - May 11, 2019
The American Civil War Museum opens with a bang in Richmond, a historian speaks at length on Reconstruction, and using the passive voice might mean you’re a racist. 
May 12, 2019
Addressing Gettysburg with Matt Callery
Why does the Battle of Gettysburg loom so large in the American historical consciousness? Find out why it does (and a bunch of other stuff too) as I welcome Matt Callery of the Addressing Gettysburg Podcast to the show! 
May 08, 2019
This Week in History Twitter - May 4, 2019
This week in History Twitter...Robert E. Lee takes a beating and a historian calls for a new Civil War documentary! 
May 04, 2019
Historical Fiction and the 1862 Maryland Campaign with Alexander Rossino
Alex and I have a great discussion about his books: Six Days in September and The Guns of September...all concerning the 1862 Maryland Campaign during the Civil War...and listen closely :) Some other cool stuff comes up too...
May 01, 2019
Murder, Mary Surratt, and Public History with Kate Taylor
Digging deeper this week into conspiracies, murders, the assassination, and of course - public history. Kate Taylor joins us this week to hash through some good stuff. 
May 28, 2018
John Wilkes Booth, the Lincoln Assassination, and Public History with Dave Taylor
Well if you're unfamiliar with the term "Boothie" now's your chance to learn something new...and quite fascinating. Dave is indeed a self-styled Boothie. Once a derogatory term used to dismiss those who studied Lincoln's assassin, he's reclaimed it and has dedicated his historical pursuits to the study of the man and the conspiracy - as part of a serious scholarly effort to add to the comprehensive narrative of the nation's martyred president.
May 21, 2018
New York City, Public History, and WWI with Kevin Fitzpatrick
Well...we start with all this, but there is a lot more to the show including the discussion of an NYC literary movement and the movie biz...good stuff to be sure. Kevin is the author or editor of seven books all dealing with New York history in the teens and twenties
May 14, 2018
Pirates, Public History, and PIRATES! with Jamie Goodall
Jamie Goodall gives us a ton of insight about public history...and then we talk about pirates. Because pirates. Listen!! You'll learn about things ranging from pirate subterfuge to personal branding...who knew??
May 07, 2018
The Civil War, Medicine, and Historical Interpretation with Jake Wynn
Historical interpretation is something near and dear to my heart so I am especially pleased to welcome Jake Wynn to the show. Jake is the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland...and we have tons to discuss when it comes to public history. Listen!!! You can thank me later :)
April 30, 2018
A Man of Sensation: John Adams, the Archives, and Popular Culture with Sara Georgini
Wow! If you've ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to the publication of the founders' historical papers - this show is for you. And we don't stop there. I'm a big fan of popular culture - so we talk about how John Adams on the screen stacks up to John Adams the man. Good stuff, my friends.
April 23, 2018
The Soul Food Scholar with Adrian E. Miller
Soul Food. Southern Food. American Food. Adrian describes a cuisine...
April 16, 2018
Style Meets History with Roxy Haji and Kimi Gallegos
Fashion fiends, history buffs, political junkies - the show you've all been waiting for has arrived. I am very happy to be able to speak with Roxy Haji and Kimi Gallegos of Old News Company about the intersection of fashion, history, and political discourse. We bring it all, controversy, the fine line between commemoration and trivialization, and maybe a few words about James Buchanan.
April 09, 2018
Black Panthers, Community Activism, and the Angola Three with Holly Genovese
There a whole lot more to community activism and the Black Panther Party than what you might know from the iconic photographs - and I speak with Holly Genovese (who by the way has mad time management skillz) about this fascinating group and their efforts supporting the Angola Three in Louisiana.
April 02, 2018
Taking History to the Streets with Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick-Ass Oregon History
Taking history to the streets. Why the hell not. I mean, what better way to learn about the past than by going to check it out in person? Maybe grab a beer? Maybe talk some smack? Count me in 100%. There are few things more tantalizing to yours truly that getting together with the public and walking in the footsteps of those who made history. Doug and I see eye to eye on this. This is what history is about. Let’s get it! 
March 26, 2018
Historical Myths with Joseph "Professor Buzzkill" Coohill
Have you ever stopped to wonder if that thing from history you knew to be true was just a bunch of bullshit? A famous quote...a questionable detail about someone's life...a significant theme in the historical narrative? Man...just imagine if all of that was just important sounding nonsense. Today I talk with Joseph "Professor Buzzkill" Coohill about myths in history - why they are important and how we can spot them. Trust me, they're everywhere...and they can be dangerous.
March 19, 2018
Confederate Historiography with Robert Baumgartner
I will talk about history books all freakin' day. This is why I am especially happy to welcome Bob to the show. I noticed recently that he was giving a talk on three significant authors and their contributions to Confederate naturally, I had to have him on the show. Under the microscope today: Douglas Southall Freeman, T. Harry Williams, and C. Vann Woodward. 
March 05, 2018
Commemorating the Dakota War with John Legg
It might be easy to overlook the Dakota War of the conflict is greatly overshadowed by the Civil War. But John Legg, soon to embark on the journey to obtain his master's degree in history, helps us correct this connecting the war to the broader Civil War era historiography. We discuss commemoration and reconciliation in the Minnesota River Valley - and even get down to brass tacks over naming. After all, it is the origin of all particular things :) Have a listen.
February 26, 2018
Historical Interpretation with John Heckman
John and I talk about all kinds of things including...tattoos of course, and lots of other stuff. Most important, how we see the future of the discipline, what it means to challenge the tradition of academia, and how we reach a broader audience.
February 19, 2018
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter with Coni Constantine
We are shifting focus as of episodes will feature interviews AND movie reviews AND book reviews AND lots of other interesting things beyond the standard history podcast format. Yay. For this episode, co-host Coni Constantine, creator of Lady Balls Nation and joins me for a discussion of a truly remarkable film: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. There's lots of insight on this episode...check it out.
January 04, 2018
Wearing Gay History with Eric Gonzaba
This week we talk with George Mason University Ph.D. candidate Eric Gonzaba about his work with two absolutely fascinating digital archives: Wearing Gay History and the Rainbow History Project. If there has ever been a great case for exploring how textiles and other material culture can help us understand currents of history, this is it. We also get into Eric's research on African American and Queer nightlife in the latter third of the 20th century.
July 24, 2017
Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu
Peeps - this is a super fascinating story...tracing the history of Asian Americans from Chinese immigration and the exclusion act to Japanese internment and well beyond. Ellen explains how Asians went from being mostly reviled in the United States to the "model minority." You need to listen to this. Seriously.
July 18, 2017
Cocktails (and Other Stuff) with Maggie Yancey
Holla!!! We're back!!! After a second semester hiatus I am very happy to return to the podcasting world with Maggie Yancey. Maggie is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Tennessee (her home state) and is finishing up her dissertation on Civil War era liquor and identity. As you might imagine, there is so much more to this than I had expected, and Maggie certainly fills me in. But we talk about so much other stuff...from yoga to comfort food to the state of academia. This is a must listen for history peeps and anyone who is thinking about life beyond a post graduate degree. We have some laughs on this one, and Maggie calls someone a dirty name...guess who...? (snicker)
June 26, 2017
Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels
Wow - so if you ever wanted to know about mid-19th century Irish immigration and Irish involvement in the American Civil War this is your guy. We discuss all kinds of stuff, including Damian's most recent book, The Forgotten Irish. I had a great time speaking with Damian - I am more than certain you will enjoy the talk too. SO LISTEN UP :)
February 06, 2017
Free Blacks and Radical Creoles: African Americans in Antebellum and Reconstruction New Orleans with Alexis Hlavaty
I could talk about this stuff all day (well, I sort of do...) and so I am thrilled to offer this fascinating conversation with Alexis Hlavaty. I think most are unaware of how vibrant the free black community was in New Orleans during the antebellum years - and we talk about why these folks are relatively unknown today. We also get way into the radicals after the war in the Reconstruction period and all the way to the infamous Plessy case. Just for fun - and I won't spoil it - but Alexis hits us with some straight up controversy right away (hint: neo-Confederates be warned...). So listen up. This is important stuff.
January 30, 2017
Teaching History Beyond the Classroom with Chris Lese
I love speaking with my fellow high school teachers - and I am thrilled to have such an inspiring educator on the show. Chris and I have collaborated in the past, and I am looking forward to some upcoming projects - we talk about those AND how he gets his students actively engaged both in and out of the classroom. You'll want to listen especially to Chris's experiences with a Rogue Historian alum - Joe McGill...kind of a once in a lifetime thing.
January 09, 2017
The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill
There is really no way that we, as Americans in the 21st century, will ever know what it was really like to experience what slaves did in the Ante-Bellum South. However, we can get closer to understanding it - archival research is a good start. But, as Joe McGill illustrates, the actual slaves dwellings, many of which are still standing, offer a great deal of the story - and engaging with the physical artifact can only add to our understanding. In this episode, Joe explains his Slave Dwelling Project - an effort to educate about the realities of slavery and his campaign to save the places where slaves lived their lives. Joe is also a living historian - recreating a soldier from the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. We talk a great deal about Black men in the Civil War - both North and South.  So if you think about it, this is two-for-one episode. Enjoy!!
December 26, 2016
Low Country Africana with Toni Carrier
Toni is a historian and genealogist who is doing some outstanding work researching the lives of slaves and former slaves in the so-called Low Country. If you do not know where that is then you need to listen - like right now. I am really happy to finally get to talk with Toni about how she connects people with their ancestors and all of the things she is doing with African American public history.
December 19, 2016
Patrick Lewis: Digital History and the Civil War Governors of Kentucky
Okay so we took a short break to recover from the election. 'Nuff said. But we're back and I am freakin' stoked to be talking digital history with Patrick Lewis - director of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary project. Yo, this is some of the most innovative work in the digital humanities that I have ever encountered. Peeps - pay attention and follow suit. State archivists should especially listen - you will be doing yourself (and researchers) a favor.
November 28, 2016
Thomas Dixon: The Apostle of Hate with Lynn Lyerly
The 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, is about as controversial as a film can get. Why? Because racism. What you might not know is that the film is based in part on a novel - a historical romance, really - written by Thomas Dixon. The name of the book is The Clansman...and it is some of the most vile racist propaganda of its day. Today we talk to historian Lynn Lyerly, who is currently working on a book about Dixon, and sort through the heritage of racism and its legacy. Listen...and pay attention. This shit is important, yo.
November 07, 2016
Old-Time Banjo with Dusty Lee Elmer
You know what? Banjo music makes me happy. So I am super stoked to have Dusty on the show - he is a first-rate banjo player and a really cool dude. Dusty plays NINE instruments - can you believe it? Today we are focusing on the banjo - its origins and some different playing styles in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cool shit, yo - have a listen.
October 31, 2016
Los Angeles History in Verse with Mike the PoeT
I'm stoked because today I got to interview my old friend Mike Sonksen - well known to the world as Mike the PoeT. Mike is a third-generation Angeleno (a rarity in Los Angeles) and is dedicated - through his work as a historian, teacher, writer, and performer - to connecting the many dots that are LA.
October 24, 2016
Civil War Music with Christian McWhirter
Next time you find yourself humming the melody to John Brown's Body in line at the grocery store - make sure to think over what Christian says about Civil War's more than just the backdrop to the shooting.
October 17, 2016
The Civil War in the Far Far West with Megan Kate Nelson
From time to time you will read about the small (relatively) battles that took place in the far West during the Civil War. Historians seldom mention these, and when they do - they usually gloss over the events as little more than interesting anecdotes. I challenge Megan Kate Nelson, who is writing a book on the subject, to explain why these little engagements are so important...and she dose. Look out!
September 25, 2016
Voting Rights in Richmond, Virginia with Julian Hayter
We all think we know about the great victories of the movement to secure voting rights in the 1950s and 1960s. What if you found out that there were some unintended consequences of this movement? Would that blow you mind? Because it blew mine! Let's see what my friend Julian Hayter has to say about the subject.
September 25, 2016
Black Confederates with Kevin Levin
You may have heard people talk about the thousands of black Confederate soldiers who filled the ranks of southern armies during the Civil War. Well...those people are confused. There really no evidence at all that these folks existed - no matter how badly some folks would like them to have been on board with the Rebel cause. I recently had a talk with Kevin Levin - who knows more than most on this subject - especially why this is such a persistent myth.
September 25, 2016