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Anthony Comegna

Anthony Comegna received his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in early American, intellectual, and Atlantic history.  His dissertation, “The Dupes of Hope Forever:”  The Loco-Foco or Equal Rights Movement, 1820s-1870s, revives the submerged and forgotten legacy of locofocoism.  Anthony has taught undergraduate courses in American history and Western Civilization.  He produces regular historical content for Libertarianism.org and is the writer/host of Liberty Chronicles.

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Welcome to Liberty Chronicles

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 12, 2017

Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past.

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A(nother) Neglected Anniversary

by Anthony Comegna on Apr 1, 2018

Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.

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Why Did the Southern States Secede?

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 9, 2016

It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.

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Slavery & Empire: The Destruction of Whydah

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 23, 2016

“All the Countries near the Sea side, which the King of Dahome could possibly get at, are not only conquered, but also turned into Desolation.”

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Slavery’s Defenders vs. The First Abolitionists

by Anthony Comegna on Feb 29, 2016

William Snelgrave traded slaves because it made him fabulously wealthy—But try as he might, he could not transform men and women into mere machines.

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“Their Voyage to Hell:” Piracy, Thick and Thin

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 1, 2016

The slaver William Snelgrave is captured by pirates, barely escaping death. His account of the ordeal describes the ideology and internal politics of the pirates.

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Art as Ideas: Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire

by Anthony Comegna on Mar 25, 2016

For his stunning depictions of social and political theory, “Thomas Cole stands as one of the most influential fine artists in the history of liberal thought.”

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A Neglected Anniversary

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 2, 2017

What does the development of the bathtub have to do with how we think about history?

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Peter Linebaugh on May Day

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jun 27, 2017

An interview Peter Linebaugh, Ph.D on his latest book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day.

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The Antinomians

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jul 4, 2017

We shift from gold-hungry Virginia to pious Puritan New England, exploring the role of religious conflict in early colonial life.