The Rogue Historian

The Rogue Historian

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United States history with an edge. No academic nitwittery – just some really smart people discussing essential historical topics: political, social, cultural, and economic. Subscribe, listen, and #GoRogue…you’ll know more than you did yesterday. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/support


058 Review - The Million Dollar Man Who Helped Kill a President by Christopher Lyle McIlwain, Sr.
Jul 20 • 6 min
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…
057 Review - Death, Disease, and Life at War: The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton edited by Christopher E. Loperfido
Jul 16 • 5 min
This is a remarkable collection, as we have one physician writing to another…and sharing vivd details about Civil War medicine in the process. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a…
056 This Week in History Twitter July 14, 2019
Jul 14 • 6 min
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!! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a…
055 Review - Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee’s Army in Maryland, 1862 by Alexander B. Rossino
Jul 12 • 6 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
054 Review - That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17 1862 by Daniel J. Vermilya
Jul 9 • 5 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —-…
053 A Conversation with Robert Lee Hodge
Jul 8 • 86 min
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…
052 Review - Race and Reunion by David W. Blight
Jul 4 • 6 min
I disagree with some of the best books ever. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/message Support this podcast:…
051 Heroines of Mercy Street with Pamela D. Toler
Jun 30 • 37 min
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. —-…
050 This Week in History Twitter June 25, 2019
Jun 25 • 6 min
Well…Andrew Jackson has had better weeks, which leads me to consider a bigger topic: what is it that historians actually do? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
049 Review - General Lee’s Immortals by Michael C. Hardy
Jun 23 • 5 min
I had a few analytical issues with this one…but I thought the military history was on point and well written. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
048 Review - Prison Pens edited by Timothy Williams and Evan Kutzler
Jun 17 • 6 min
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…
047 History Colorized and Animated with Matt Loughrey
Jun 13 • 36 min
I have a great chat with Matt Loughrey, the creator of My Colorful Past, about the intersection of technology and historical documents. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice…
046 This Week in History Twitter - June 12, 2019
Jun 12 • 7 min
If NPR is paying attention…sometimes it’s a good idea to ask a historian before you publish. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
045 Book Review: The War Outside My Window by Janet Elizabeth Croon
Jun 7 • 7 min
Get to know the Confederate Cause from the perspective of a young invalid from Georgia during the Civil War. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
044 Yes, It Is Time for a New Civil War Documentary - with Keri Leigh Merritt
Jun 2 • 35 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
043 Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates by Kevin Levin
May 27 • 7 min
Kevin Levin throws down a challenge…and uses evidence and everything! Look out Neo-Confederates :) —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
042 This Week in History Twitter - May 19, 2019
May 19 • 6 min
David McCullough takes a pretty big hit on the Twitter this week. Ouch. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/message Support…
041 This Week in History Twitter - May 11, 2019
May 11 • 8 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
040 Addressing Gettysburg with Matt Callery
May 8 • 71 min
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! —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
039 This Week in History Twitter - May 4, 2019
May 4 • 8 min
This week in History Twitter…Robert E. Lee takes a beating and a historian calls for a new Civil War documentary! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message:…
038 Historical Fiction and the 1862 Maryland Campaign with Alexander Rossino
May 1 • 45 min
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… —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
037 Murder, Mary Surratt, and Public History with Kate Taylor
May 28, 2018 • 37 min
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. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
036 John Wilkes Booth, the Lincoln Assassination, and Public History with Dave Taylor
May 21, 2018 • 42 min
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…
035 New York City, Public History, and WWI with Kevin Fitzpatrick
May 14, 2018 • 36 min
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…
034 Pirates, Public History, and PIRATES! with Jamie Goodall
May 7, 2018 • 34 min
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?? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The…
033 The Civil War, Medicine, and Historical Interpretation with Jake Wynn
Apr 30, 2018 • 41 min
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…
032 A Man of Sensation: John Adams, the Archives, and Popular Culture with Sara Georgini
Apr 23, 2018 • 42 min
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…
031 The Soul Food Scholar with Adrian E. Miller
Apr 16, 2018 • 31 min
Soul Food. Southern Food. American Food. Adrian describes a cuisine… —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-rogue-historian/message Support this…
030 Style Meets History with Roxy Haji and Kimi Gallegos
Apr 9, 2018 • 48 min
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…
029 Black Panthers, Community Activism, and the Angola Three with Holly Genovese
Apr 2, 2018 • 42 min
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…
028 Taking History to the Streets with Doug Kenck-Crispin of Kick-Ass Oregon History
Mar 26, 2018 • 36 min
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…
027 Historical Myths with Joseph “Professor Buzzkill” Coohill
Mar 19, 2018 • 48 min
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…
026 Confederate Historiography with Robert Baumgartner
Mar 5, 2018 • 41 min
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 historiography…so naturally, I…
025 Commemorating the Dakota War with John Legg
Feb 26, 2018 • 47 min
It might be easy to overlook the Dakota War of 1862…as 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 issue…by connecting the war to the…
024 Historical Interpretation with John Heckman
Feb 19, 2018 • 48 min
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. —- This…
023 Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter with Coni Constantine
Jan 4, 2018 • 29 min
We are shifting focus as of 2018…new 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…
022 Wearing Gay History with Eric Gonzaba
Jul 24, 2017 • 66 min
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…
021 Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu
Jul 18, 2017 • 58 min
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…
020 Art as Iconoclast with Dara Vance
Jul 3, 2017 • 77 min
I am thrilled to have Dara on the show - she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Kentucky, former producer of the Long Story Short podcast, and a really really talented artist. We have some fun discussing the way Dara’s most recent art…
019 Cocktails (and Other Stuff) with Maggie Yancey
Jun 26, 2017 • 57 min
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…
018 Lady Balls Radio featuring Fawesome Women in Film
Apr 7, 2017 • 65 min
I lifted this straight from my wife’s podcast - Lady Balls Radio. She has a knack for finding (and interviewing) women who are doing really cool things. And on this episode, she speaks with Team RAD - a trio of women who are currently making a series…
017 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane
Feb 13, 2017 • 33 min
You all know that I love fashion…I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in common…and he also really digs historical…
016 Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels
Feb 6, 2017 • 52 min
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…
015 Free Blacks and Radical Creoles: African Americans in Antebellum and Reconstruction New Orleans with Alexis Hlavaty
Jan 30, 2017 • 44 min
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 -…
014 Teaching History Beyond the Classroom with Chris Lese
Jan 9, 2017 • 59 min
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…
013 Teaching with Creativity with Lance Mosier
Jan 2, 2017 • 38 min
What if the CSI crew were around to help bring John Wilkes Booth to justice? That’s what Lance Mosier has his 8th graders imagine…Seriously, if he had been my history teacher in middle school - I might have paid closer attention. In this episode, Lance…
012 The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill
Dec 26, 2016 • 55 min
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…
011 Low Country Africana with Toni Carrier
Dec 19, 2016 • 38 min
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…
010 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs
Dec 12, 2016 • 43 min
You know…many of us with advanced degrees in the humanities started off in this with one intention, others were not quite sure what to make of the whole thing…and we wound up teaching history at private high schools. My good friend Amy Rebecca Jacobs…
009 Patrick Lewis: Digital History and the Civil War Governors of Kentucky
Nov 27, 2016 • 45 min
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…
008 Thomas Dixon: The Apostle of Hate with Lynn Lyerly
Nov 7, 2016 • 35 min
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…
007 Old-Time Banjo with Dusty Lee Elmer
Oct 31, 2016 • 37 min
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…
006 Los Angeles History in Verse with Mike the PoeT
Oct 24, 2016 • 37 min
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…
005 Civil War Music with Christian McWhirter
Oct 17, 2016 • 43 min
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 music…it’s more than just the backdrop to the shooting. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
004 The Non-Aligned World with Robert Rakove
Oct 11, 2016 • 54 min
This is pretty much the straight dope on the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and their approach to those places in the world that did not choose sides in the Cold War. And not for nothing…I throw Rob a few curve balls…which he handles with unmatched…
003 The Civil War in the Far Far West with Megan Kate Nelson
Sep 25, 2016 • 38 min
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…
002 Voting Rights in Richmond, Virginia with Julian Hayter
Sep 25, 2016 • 40 min
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…
001 Black Confederates with Kevin Levin
Sep 25, 2016 • 34 min
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…