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Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!

America at War Marc Blackburn

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Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!

    085 The Civil War: Introduction

    085 The Civil War: Introduction

    We reached the American Civil War. This is the first episode of what will more than likely be many on the country's bloodiest conflict. This episode will provide a road map of where we are headed as well as some of the key concepts that guide my view of this important conflict. Please take a listen!
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    084 The Antebellum Period: The Army and Navy in the 1850s

    084 The Antebellum Period: The Army and Navy in the 1850s

    On the eve of the American Civil War, the United States Army and Navy continued to play the roles that they had for the first half of the nineteenth century - the army garrisoned and patrolled the growing frontier and the navy protected American commerce overseas. While staying above the fractious sectional politics of the era, the army and navy had grown and matured. Unfortunately, that was all going to change with the coming of a civil war. Thanks for listening!
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    083 The Antebellum Period: The San Juan Islands Dispute

    083 The Antebellum Period: The San Juan Islands Dispute

    In 1859, an American settler shot a pig rooting around a garden on San Juan Island. A group of Islands in what would become Washington State, the incident triggered the last border incident between the Great Britain and the United States. Rather than going to war, the two nations agreed to a joint occupation that, in 1871 was settled peacefully. It set the foundation for the 'special relationship' that would dominate the twentieth century.
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    082: The Antebellum Period: Pacifying the Pacific Northwest

    082: The Antebellum Period: Pacifying the Pacific Northwest

    In the aftermath of settling the border dispute between British Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest, the United States moved to consolidate their hold over the region. Territorial governor Isaac Stevens quickly concluded a series of treaties with the Tribes of the region. Unfortunately, the tensions associated with this process lead to violence in eastern and western Washington. In a series of brief but violent skirmishes, tensions remained, but American hold over the territory was complete. 
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    • 22 min
    081 The Antebellum Period: The End of the War in Mexico

    081 The Antebellum Period: The End of the War in Mexico

    The capital of Mexico was in American hands. The war slowly wound down and the Americans got what they wanted - the northern provinces of Mexico and an international border that followed the Rio Grande River. It was not without a cost. President Polk's goals of a quick campaign were not met and the acquisition of new lands would ramp up sectional differences. We also take some time to set up the next part of our story - conflict in the Pacific Northwest. Stay tuned!
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    080 Happy New Year! Let's Welcome 2020......

    080 Happy New Year! Let's Welcome 2020......

    Here is a short New Year's message regarding where we have been and where we are going in 2020. Take a listen!
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Customer Reviews

Dominic Giardino ,

5/5

Recently discovered this podcast, and haven’t been able to turn it off. Mark does a fantastic job of contextualizing the 18th Century British Colonial experience, and any scholar or amateur historian of the period would benefit greatly from his story telling.

Renurok ,

Excellent Survey Podcast

Mark provides a broad survey of the American war experience. He goes above and beyond to cite sources and further reading along with places to visit directly dealing with the content at the end of each episode. If you are a serious student of history or just curious about the American experience at war, then you need to subscribe to this podcast.

JAinMN ,

Easy listening with an Academic Touch

What makes this podcast great is the depth of analysis, while maintaining its accessibility for historians (and non-historians) who don't typically follow military history. Marc also uses his knowledge of America's National Park system to help connect people to the physical places that he speaks about in many of the episodes.

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