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Uncovering the Civil War
90 minutes | Mar 9, 2019
Episode 129: Uncovering "Uncovering the Civil War"
"Uncovering the Civil War" wraps up its first season with this special 90 minute look back at our first twenty-eight episodes. Join host Antonio Elmaleh for a wide-ranging discussion as we uncover "Uncovering the Civil War!"
36 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
Episode 128: Uncovering the Navies of the Civil War, Part II
In the second part of our special two-part series, Pulitzer Prize for History recipient James M. McPherson joins host Antonio Elmaleh for an in-depth look at the navies of the Civil War and uncover the strategic roles they played in determining the outcome of the war.
46 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
Episode 127: Uncovering the Navies of the Civil War, Part I
In the first part of our very special two-part series, Pulitzer Prize for History recipient James M. McPherson joins host Antonio Elmaleh for an in-depth look at the navies of the Civil War. Join us as we uncover the strategic roles the navies played in determining the outcome of the war.
62 minutes | Jan 21, 2019
Episode 126: Uncovering Reconstruction
Arguably no other time period in American history is as important but also as misunderstood as Reconstruction. Our guest this episode is Eric Foner, a leading expert on the post-Civil War era and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery." Join us as we discuss the impact of Reconstruction on the United States, both then and now.
49 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
Episode 125: Uncovering the Vicksburg Campaign, Part II
Join us for part II of our discussion with Terry Winschel, former Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park, as we uncover the crucial campaign for Vicksburg - and control of the Mississippi River - during the Civil War. Whoever controlled the river would control the fate of the war and, by extension, the fate of the United States. Join us for a mesmerizing, entertaining episode!
53 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Episode 124: Uncovering the Vicksburg Campaign, Part I
We welcome Terry Winschel, former Chief Historian of Vicksburg National Military Park, as our guest for a special two-part series uncovering the crucial campaign for Vicksburg - and control of the Mississippi River - during the Civil War. Whoever controlled the river would control the fate of the war and, by extension, the fate of the United States. Join us for a mesmerizing, entertaining discussion!
64 minutes | Oct 29, 2018
Episode 123: Uncovering Edwin Stanton
Edwin Stanton served as Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and under Andrew Johnson during Reconstruction, cementing his place as one of the most influential politicians in American history. But who was Edwin Stanton, and what was the character of the man who wielded so much power during a seminal period in American history? We talk to William Marvel, author of “Edwin Stanton: Lincoln’s Autocrat” to uncover the truth.
62 minutes | Oct 11, 2018
Episode 122: Uncovering Letter Writing in the Civil War
Thanks to Ken Burns's documentary series on the Civil War, letters written during the war have become synonynous with the conflict in the public consciousness. Join us and our guest Christopher Hager, author of "I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters" as we go deeper and seek to uncover how everyday men and women used letter writing to make sense of the unfathomable and to maintain connections that had never been under so much strain. We'll also take a look at how letter writing during the Civil War changed the US Post Office and turned the country's mail service into a democratic means of personal expression.
61 minutes | Aug 25, 2018
Episode 121: Uncovering Theater During the Civil War
Do you know what a "breeches role" is? Or how theater during the mid-nineteenth century helped pave the way for women's sufferage? If your only knowledge of theater during the 1860s is that Lincoln was assassinated while watching a play, we have a treat in store for you! Join host Antonio Elmaleh and his guest, Dr. Elizabeth Mullenix, Professor of Theater and Dean of Creative Arts at Miami University, for an illuminating discussion as they uncover theater during the Civil War.
62 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
Episode 120: Uncovering the Union Occupation of the South, Part II
Please join us for the second part of our discussion with Gregory Downs, author of "After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War." The Union Army was sent to occupy the South after the war ended, which had a far-ranging effect on Reconstruction and is still being felt today. Be there as we uncover this fascinating and important time in US history!
77 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
Epsiode 119: Uncovering the Union Occupation of the South, Part I
Join us for a fascinating discussion with Gregory Downs, author of "After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War" as we uncover the Union army occupation of the South after the Civil War and how it affected Reconstruction and beyond.
59 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Episode 118: Uncovering an Unlikely Friendship - Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant
Join us as we uncover one of the most fascinating friendships between two well-known Americans: Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant. By the summer of 1884, Grant was broke and secretly dying of esophageal cancer. Worried about leaving his family destitute, he decided to write his memoirs at the urging of Mark Twain, who offered to publish them and give Grant an unheard of 75% royalty. The memoirs became best sellers and kept the Grant family out of poverty. Dr. Ron White is our guest as we discuss the unlikely friendship between the humorist and the general and uncover the truth about Grant's presidency and Reconstruction.
75 minutes | Jun 3, 2018
Episode 117: Uncovering the Man of the Middle - Rutherford B. Hayes
In this episode we uncover Rutherford B. Hayes and learn how he came to be known as the “Man of the Middle.” Dustin McLochlin, curator of Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, joins us for a fascinating examination of Hayes’s surprising impact on the United States as the country recovered from the Civil War.
73 minutes | May 3, 2018
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.
48 minutes | May 3, 2018
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 in what became truly a "brothers' war" for members of the tribe. Please join us!
45 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Episode 114: Uncovering Pornography During the Civil War, Part II
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 menace to public morality and values.
46 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Episode 113: Uncovering Pornography During the Civil War, Part I
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 outcry 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 conversation about smut during the Civil War and the attempts to stop its dissemination.
65 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
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. Debra van Tuyll, author of "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.
58 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
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.
50 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
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 Against Slavery. His latest book, “Dear Courier”: The Newspaper Correspondence of Editor Melvin Dwinell," will be published in 2018.
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