Professor Joseph Kelly tells us the forgotten story of Stephen Hopkins and how the Virginia Company lacked real leadership & direction.
Those who profited so much from slave labor, rebuked the Declaration of Independence, but the Southern justification for slavery varied by region.
Southerners strategically supported a small & limited national government, but their motives for doing so were appalling.
Phil Magness breaks down Lysander Spooner’s radical activist lifestyle.
During the speakership crisis, political party lines were strictly defined by the slavery issue, which only inched the country closer to civil war.
Stephen Maizlish joins us to discuss how important the power of words is when reconstructing the reality of political discourse prior to the Civil War.
Hinton Helper is the embodiment of everything that was wrong with Republican Party politics from the time of Free Soil and beyond.
Phil Magness helps us unravel who George Fitzhugh was and how he is interpreted today.
Kevin Carson joins us to discuss the depths of capitalism and if the possibility for a post-capitalism world exists.
Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.
How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?
Who created the Republican Party?
This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a “positive good”.
Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians?
What would prevent the United States from the impending disastrous split over the “slavery issue”?
Our lengthy debate about who Van Buren really was as a person and as a President continues with new thoughts from Jeff Hummel.
The Loco-Focos were out there leading the young America cultural movement: integrating Whigish abolitionism, even when Van Buren had left them behind.
Our conversation about how all history is revisionist and open to creativity with Michael Douma continues this week.