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Cannibals All!, with Phil Magness

featuring Anthony Comegna on Oct 23, 2018

Phil Magness helps us unravel who George Fitzhugh was and how he is interpreted today.

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The Cords of Union: Slavery vs The Telegraph

featuring Anthony Comegna on Oct 9, 2018

Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.

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The Greatest of Nullifiers

featuring Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Oct 2, 2018

How did Justice Abram Smith of Wisconsin challenge the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?

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The First Republicans

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 25, 2018

Who created the Republican Party?

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There’s No Excuse for Slavery (Updated)

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 19, 2018

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”.

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Kansas Changes Everything

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 18, 2018

Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians? 

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Whiggery’s Last Gasp

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 11, 2018

What would prevent the United States from the impending disastrous split over the “slavery issue”?

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Van Buren - Friend or Foe? with Jeff Hummel

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 4, 2018

Our lengthy debate about who Van Buren really was as a person and as a President continues with new thoughts from Jeff Hummel. 

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Free Soil After Van Buren

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 28, 2018

The Loco-Focos were out there leading the young America cultural movement: integrating Whigish abolitionism, even when Van Buren had left them behind.

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More Creative Historical Thinking

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 21, 2018

Our conversation about how all history is revisionist and open to creativity with Michael Douma continues this week.

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Was Frederick Douglass a Libertarian?

featuring Anthony Comegna on Aug 7, 2018

Timothy Sandefur joins us this week to discuss how Frederick Douglass does not align perfectly into the accepted political factions of today. 

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1848 and Its Aftermath

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 31, 2018

1848 changed American politics forever, and early Libertarianism was at the center of it.

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Van Buren’s Dirty Game

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 24, 2018

Martin Van Buren was intellectually committed to laissez-faire and limited government, but the devil is always in the details.

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Revolution in Utica and Buffalo

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 17, 2018

The Polk years began in a sort of uneasy truce between radicals and conservatives. 

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The Vile Mexican War

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 10, 2018

In 1844, America’s first libertarians made a serious mistake. The kind of mistake with the potential to destroy their whole movement.