Historical Controversies

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Building a Blockade

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12/12/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton details how technological innovations changed the course of naval warfare during the Civil War.
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The Anaconda Plan

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12/05/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton details the early attempts of ocean warfare in the Civil War.
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Indians and the Confederacy, Part 3: The Trail of Blood on Ice

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11/29/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton recounts the Trail of Blood on Ice: an attempt by neutral fugitive Indians to escape to Kansas.
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Indians and the Confederacy, Part 2: The Cherokee Nation

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11/21/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton recounts the division of the Cherokee nation into those who favored the Union and those who wanted to ally with the Confederacy.
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Indians and the Confederacy, Part 1: "Civilizing" The Five Nations

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11/15/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton presents some important pre-war background history on the Cherokees, Creeks, Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Seminoles.
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Union Diplomacy, Part 2: The Trent Affair

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11/07/2018Audio/Video
After months of growing tension between the United States and Britain, a single event almost plunges the two countries into war.
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Union Diplomacy, Part 1: Fountains of Discontent

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10/31/2018Audio/Video
William Seward's repeated diplomatic blunders cause Britain to send troops to Canada in preparation for a possible war with the United States.
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The Secessionist Witch Hunt

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10/24/2018Audio/Video
The Congressional Republicans hunt for a scapegoat to take the blame for the Union defeat at Ball's Bluff.
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The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Part 2: A Little Short of Boats

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10/17/2018Audio/Video
Ball’s Bluff evolves from a “slight demonstration” into a small-scale battle, and claims the life of one of President Lincoln’s closest personal friends.
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The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Part 1: A Slight Demonstration

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10/10/2018Audio/Video
Chris Calton details all of the mistakes that were made leading up to The Battle of Ball’s Bluff, setting the stage for a Union catastrophe.
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