Politicians and journalists alike often claim Americans are more divided now than at any point in the nation’s past. Pundits and commentators point to the stark divisions in the news media we voraciously consume. MSNBC and Fox present strikingly different views on almost every subject. But is this really something new? Join us as we take a dive into the tawdry and titillating history news and newspapers in America. From colonial broadsides criticizing the British crown to abolitionists tracks to scandalous tales of foreign intrigue and even domestic violence, the news from America’s past seems strangely familiar in the 21st century.
Episode 50 – Civil War Medicine
By Collins, William A., 1841-1862 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Domain, Link
In this episode Hilary and Geoff discuss common misconceptions about medicine during the Civil War. They also talk about key advances that take place in medical professionalization, surgery, the treatment of diseases, and even the expanding role of women in medicine.
Episode 48 – September 11 Twenty Years Later
In this week’s episode we look back on the events of September 11, 2001 and ask how we grapple with memory and recounting historical events. This is a unique episode because Geoff was there! he provides his own narrative of the day’s events and readily admits his own recollections are incomplete.
Episode 16 – Reconstruction
We’re back! This week we return and we’re trying something a bit different. We are aiming at broader topics. Our goal is to make the podcast useful for parents who now find themselves in charge of their children’s education at home. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll continue to have the same level of historical discussion and debate you’ve grown used to, but we’ll wrap it all in larger chronological chunks.
This episode cover Reconstruction, the period from 1865-1877, we talk about constitutional amendments, the Freemen’s Bureau, the rise of the KKK, the introduction of Black Codes, and the labor situation in the South following the Civil War.
The First Amendment
This week Hilary and Geoff start a new series of episodes devoted to the Bill of Rights. We’re starting at the beginning and doing a deep dive into the First Amendment. Along the way we’ll discuss Prince John and the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, John Locke, the Glorious Revolution, and even the Virginia Declaration of Rights issued a month before the Declaration of Independence!
1919 is finally up!
So after some technical issues our latest episode is up! It may be the most important year in American history! Labor unrest, mail bombs, Anarchist plots, industrial accidents, mass deportations, rising racial tensions, and a government spying on its own citizens. The headlines from 1919 bear a striking resemblance to the present. Prohibition began, women’s suffrage came one step closer to being a reality, and the nation was wracked with some of the worst racial violence since the Civil War. Join Hilary and Geoff for a discussion of the year that marked the end of the Progressive Era.
Episode 05 – Conspiracies!
Join us as we discuss conspiracy theories throughout American history. Have we always been obsessed with alternative explanations of events? Was historian Richard Hofstadter correct when he pointed to an American form of governing characterized by paranoia? Hilary and Geoff move from the Early Republic to the Civil War to the Cold War and even the War on Terror as they discuss conspiracy theories and how historians address them.
Halloween is almost here! Calling all witches…
So one of us really doesn’t like Halloween, but one of us loves it! While a discussion of the Salem Witchcraft Trials just feels seasonally correct for the end of October, this episode is about much more that witches. Join us as we delve into how historical analyses of events changes over time and how male and female historians have asked surprisingly different questions about historical events and actors.
Episode 03 is here!
It’s all about impeachment this week on An Incomplete History.
New Episode Dropping this Friday – Impeachment!
By Espartaco Madureira Coelho – dominiopublico.gov.br, Copyrighted free use, Link
Make sure to listen to out new episode – 03 – Impeachment coming this Friday (October 18, 2019).
Hilary and Geoff will be discussing the history of impeachment, how it is and is not clarified in the Constitution, how previous impeachment proceedings have played out, and how educators can deal with contentious topics in the classroom.