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Episode 116: Uncovering Lincoln's War with the Supreme Court

Dr. Jonathan White joins us to discuss one of the mysteries of the Civil War: why wasn't the Supreme Court more active during the conflict, which would seem to be the definition of a constitutional crisis? Join us as we seek to uncover the tension between Abraham Lincoln and the Supreme Court in this little examined corner of US Civil War history.


Episode 115: Uncovering a Long Trail of Tears

Our guest Dr. Clarissa Confer joins us for a fascinating discussion on the Civil War and its impact on Native Americans. We take a deeper dive into how the conflict devastated the Cherokee Nation, which had just suffered through the Trail of Tears only to be swept up into into what became truly a "brothers' war" for members of the tribe. Please join us!


Episode 114: Uncovering Sex and Smut During the Civil War

In our second part of our conversation with Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of "Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality," we dive even deeper into how the Civil War coincided with the mass production of pornographic materials that were easily disseminated to soldiers, and how the American public reacted to what they saw as a menance to public morality and values.


Episode 113: Uncovering Sex and Smut During the Civil War

The Civil War coincided with the rise of photography and the ability to mass produce cheap books - which were used to create illicit materials. Soldiers consumed obscene imagery and texts in vast quantities, leading to a public outry about a decline in the country's morality. Our guest Dr. Judith Giesberg, author of "Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality" joins us for a fascinating coversation about smut during the Civil War and the attempts to...


Episode 112: Uncovering the Press During the Civil War, Part III

In the last of our three part series on uncovering the press during the Civil War, we talk to Dr. Deborah van Tuyll, "Journalism in the Fallen Confederacy" and "The Confederate Press in the Crucible of the American Civil War." Join us for a fascinating discussion as we look at how the Confederacy shaped and molded its news coverage of the Civil War.


Episode 111: Uncovering the Press During the Civil War, Part II

Our guest this episode is Dr. David Sachsman, author of "A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War." Join us for an in-depth conversation about propaganda, censorship, “Fake News,” journalistic ethics, and objectivity - both then and now.


Episode 110 Uncovering the Press During the Civil War, Part I

Please join us as we start a three part series on journalism during the Civil War. In our first episode, our guest Dr. Ford Risley talks to us about the state of the press in the north, from abolition to jailing journalists. Dr. Risley is a professor of communications and associate dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. He is the author or editor of three books, including Civil War Journalism and Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle...


Episode 109 Uncovering How Banking Financed Slavery: Follow the Money”

Episode 109 Uncovering How Banking Financed Slavery: Follow the Money” by Host: Antonio Elmaleh


Episode 108: Uncovering the Weaponry of the Civil War

Please join us and our guest, Jim Burgess, for a fascinating discussion on the weapons of the Civil War. Jim Burgess works for the National Park Service as a museum specialist at Manassas National Battlefield Park and has served there continuously since 1980. Among his various duties, he supervises the park's historic weapons program of musket and artillery firing demonstrations. Jim's knowledge of Civil War firearms is drawn from 44 years of experience shooting such arms in North-South...


Episode 107: Uncovering Food During the Civil War

Join us as we talk to our guest Steven Siler, chef and author of "Hardtack and Haversack: Recipes and Their Stories From the American Civil War." Steven has also written over twenty best-selling “Signature Tastes” cookbooks, and he has a new book recently released in 2017, “Palmettos and Pluffmud: Tales of a Lost Lowcountry Life.” He is also a firefighter in Bellingham, Washington. Help us uncover what they ate during the Civil War!


Episode 106: Uncovering the Second Great Awakening

Our guest this podcast is Ronald White, who is an author of three award-winning and bestselling books on Abraham Lincoln. He is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University, and has taught at a variety of universities and theological seminaries, and is currently a Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. Join as we discuss the Second Great Awakening and how this evangelical Protestant...


Episode 104: Uncovering the Civil War through the Eyes of Female Civil War Reenactors

Our guests this podcast are J.R. Hardman, Kelly Whitfield Bradley, and Stephanie Groce. J.R. Hardman has been a Civil War reenactor since 2012 with the 53rd Georgia - Company K, a Confederate infantry unit, and the 6th New York Independent Battery, which is a federal artillery unit. As a reenactor, she portrays a woman in disguise as a male soldier. Kelly Whitfield Bradley spent the last 9.5 years wearing many hats at the Atlanta History Center--mostly those from the 19th century. As one...


Episode 103: Uncovering the Civil War’s Artifacts, Part II: Preserving the CSS Georgia

Join us for the second part of our podcast about uncovering the Civil War – literally. Our guests are Michael Jordan, Jim Jobling, Steve James and Dr. Gordon Watts. A 10-person marine archaeology team led by Dr. Watts and Stephen James has collected more than 1500 artifacts from the CSS Georgia, a Confederate ironclad gunship intentionally sunk in the Savannah River in 1864 to avoid capture by Union forces.


Episode 102: Uncovering the Civil War’s Artifacts: US Navy Divers and the CSS Georgia

Our guests are Senior Chief Chris Timothy, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Potts, and Public Affairs Officer Lt. Liza Dougherty of the US Navy. Join us as we uncover the Civil War – literally – as we discuss the U.S. Navy’s involvement in recovering and preserving artifacts from the CSS Georgia, a Civil War-era ironclad that rests at the bottom of the Savannah River.


Episode 101: Uncovering Europe’s Role in the Civil War with guest Don Doyle

Our guest this podcast is Dr. Don Doyle. Professor Doyle is currently the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. His latest book, The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, explains that the Civil War was viewed abroad as part of a much larger struggle for democracy that spanned the Atlantic Ocean. Join us as we uncover the international implications of the Civil War and discover that “Our War” was actually a global struggle.


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