The Civil War (1861-1865): A History Podcast

In which we take a look at the Dred Scott case and the fiasco over the Lecompton Constitution, and show how the snowballing negative consequences from those events finally caused the Democratic Party to, once & for all, split along sectional lines. A unified Republican Party will take advantage of that split & win the presidency in 1860.

Direct download: CivilWar15.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:40am MDT

In which we discuss the three-way presidential contest of 1856 and its importance to the rise of the Republican Party. Plus, we see Abraham Lincoln start to position himself to be a leading national figure in the party.

Direct download: Civil_War_14.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:35pm MDT

In which we look at the brutal caning of Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts by Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina in May, 1856.

Direct download: CivilWar13.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:27pm MDT

In which we talk about Stephen Douglas's sponsorship of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, the ensuing violence in "Bleeding Kansas," & the rise of the Republican Party as a direct result of Northern outrage over the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Direct download: CivilWar12.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:38pm MDT