History Analyzed is a podcast which investigates both history's biggest moments and best kept secrets. Your host, Mark Palmer, draws upon a history degree from the University of Notre Dame and literal decades of informal study. He explains not only what happened, but also why and how historical events occurred. At times, he examines how these events have shaped the present and continue to affect us today.
The Irish Potato Famine
In the 1840s a blight hit Ireland, destroying the staple crop of the Irish peasants: the potato. As a result, Ireland lost approximately one third of its population to starvation and emigration. Essentially a British colony at the time, the natural disaster in Ireland was compounded by British incompetence and indifference.
the Monitor vs. the Merrimack
The epic battle between the first ironclad ships, the Monitor and the Merrimack (aka the CSS Virginia), revolutionized naval warfare forever. Learn about the genius of John Ericsson, who invented the revolving turret for cannons and the screw propeller, and how his innovations helped save the Union in the Civil War.
James Polk is America’s Most Overlooked President
In his one term as president, James Polk added more territory to the U.S. than any other American. He should be on the money. But we choose to ignore him. Find out why we forget about the man who gave us the territories that now comprise California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
The Fight for Women's Suffrage
After seven decades of protests, petitions, and civil disobedience, the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, granting women the right to vote. Learn about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and the countless other women who fought against a deeply sexist and patriarchal society for women's suffrage.
Why MacArthur Is the Most Overrated General in U.S. History
Although those in command at Pearl Harbor lost their commands after the attack, Douglas MacArthur, the commanding U.S. Army officer in the Philippines, got off scot-free. He was even warned in advance that the Japanese would attack, but still did nothing and suffered the worst defeat in American military history. This episode unpacks the many errors and bloody mistakes lurking beneath his popular legacy.
The Manhunt for John Wilkes Booth
You may already know that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln. But did you know that it was part of a larger conspiracy to also kill Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward? Find out about his co-conspirators and what happened after that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre, including the epic 12-day manhunt for Booth.
An enlightening perspective
Engaging descriptions of important times in history. I really appreciated the podcaster's in-depth research and analysis.
Interesting and engaging
Well done show. Interesting historical topics presented in an engaging way.