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For all posts that don’t fit into any other category. Welcome to our island of misfit toys.


Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World

In 2017, over 47,000 Americans died as the result of opioid overdoses, more than died annually in this country during the peak of the AIDs epidemic, and more than die every year from breast cancer. But despite the unprecedented efforts of regulators, activists, politicians, and doctors to address the overdose…

Hollywood Hates History, Part 4—The Green Berets (1968)

John Wayne was 62 years old when he tried to portray a fit Vietnam War Green Beret colonel, but the obvious age gap isn't the only head scratcher in this film. Released in 1968, the film was Lyndon B. Johnson-approved attempt to shift American opinion on the Vietnam War. Listen…

renaissance

The Renaissance: Myths and Facts

The Renaissance is a widely misunderstood period in European history; art and culture was reformed but the past was not wholly discarded. Below is an account from a book by Anthony Esolen on this time period. The frequency of assassination, the perennial plots, the constant vicissitudes, encouraged superstition and a…

Spies in the Ancient World, Part 2: On His Roman Emperor’s Secret Service

In this episode we are looking at ancient Greek cryptography and the Roman frumentarii, a group of wheat sellers who turned into the empire's premier intelligence outfit in the second century. In the fourth century BC, Aeneas Tacticus wrote “How to Survive Under Siege.” He goes into considerable detail on…

Myth of the Lost Cause

Myth of the Lost Cause-America’s Most Successful Propaganda Campaign

The Myth of the Lost Cause was a constructed historical narrative on the causes of the Civil War. It argued that despite the Confederacy losing the Civil War, their cause was a heroic and just one, based on defending one's homeland, state's rights, and the constitutional right to secession.  MYTH OF…

How Did Slavery Cause the Civil War

How Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? Myths and Facts

How did slavery cause the Civil War? In order to discuss this question, we must examine the nature of slavery in 1861 and determine if it was in fact a dying institution, as some claim. How Did Slavery Cause the Civil War? The Myth By 1860 Southerners had convinced themselves…

History of the Civil War in 10 Battles, Part 19: African Americans in Uniform

As the Civil War came to an end, a big question remained for the North and eventually the reunited United States. What would become of its African-American residents? Would they be given full legal rights or only partial? This question was largely answered by the contributions of African-Americans in uniform.…

History of the Civil War in 10 Battles, Part 1: Background to the Civil War

The origins of the Civil War go back decades, even before the United States became an independent nation The federal union had always been precarious, ever since the framing of the Constitution, with the institution of slavery led to two distinct cultures and societies. In this inaugural episode of the…

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