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History That Doesn’t Suck is a bi-weekly podcast, delivering a legit, seriously researched, hard-hitting survey of American history through entertaining stories. To keep up with History That Doesn’t Suck news, check us out on Facebook and Instagram: @Historythatdoesntsuck; on Twitter: @HTDSpod; or online at htdspodcast.com. Support the podcast at patreon.com/historythatdoesntsuck.

History That Doesn't Suck Prof. Greg Jackson

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History That Doesn’t Suck is a bi-weekly podcast, delivering a legit, seriously researched, hard-hitting survey of American history through entertaining stories. To keep up with History That Doesn’t Suck news, check us out on Facebook and Instagram: @Historythatdoesntsuck; on Twitter: @HTDSpod; or online at htdspodcast.com. Support the podcast at patreon.com/historythatdoesntsuck.

    73: Reconstruction Part 1: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    73: Reconstruction Part 1: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

    “You are placed in a position where you have the power to save or destroy us; to bless or blast us--I mean our whole race.”

    This is the story of the first US Presidency to end in impeachment. This is the story of Andrew Johnson.

    The post-Civil War government of the United States faces difficult decisions. Should it be lenient to former Confederate states? Or should it take a hard hand? Should the Federal government play a role in reconstructing state governments (Reconstruction)? Or should it leave the states to their own devices? Slavery’s over, but does that mean black Americans are equal citizens with white Americans? Or can states enact laws, called “Black Codes,” that only apply to its black residents? Can states deny them the vote?

    These are the questions facing VP-turned-President Andrew Johnson, and he doesn’t seem to agree with Congress on much. Can Congress impeach and convict him for firing War Secretary Edwin Stanton? Or will the case fall apart? We’ll find out. 

    • 56 min
    72: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    72: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    “Sic semper tyrannis!”




    This is the story of deception. Conspiracy. Assassination.




    The handsome, 26-year-old successful actor John Wilkes Booth has sympathized with the Confederacy since the war began. So when Abraham Lincoln wins reelection as President of the United States amid several crucial late-1864 victories, John becomes enraged. He decides to kidnap President Lincoln.




    But as John’s attempts at kidnapping fail, things go worse for the CSA. By April 1865, it’s over for the Confederacy. Then Lincoln says something in a speech that throws John completely over the edge: the gangly president suggests that the United States enact limited, black male suffrage.




    John’s ready to go far further than kidnapping. And so, on the night April 14, the famous actor will take on the biggest, most consequential role of his life … at Washington City’s Ford Theater.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    71: Revisiting the Hamilton/Burr Duel: An Affair of Honor

    71: Revisiting the Hamilton/Burr Duel: An Affair of Honor

    "Adieu best of wives and best of women."

    We’re interrupting our usual chronological walk through US history today to bring you a remastered, new sound design take on Episode 22, “An Affair of Honor: Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr.” In these last few months, cellist Buffi Jacobs and violinist Austin Burket, both of whom usually perform with the Hamilton musical’s “Philip” Tour, contributed their talents to the new music you’ve been hearing since Airship took on our sound design. Given that connection, we thought it would be a fun homage to these new partnerships to let Airship redo the sound design on the most Hamilton of HTDS episodes. 

    • 59 min
    70: Epilogue: The Civil War Comes to a Close

    70: Epilogue: The Civil War Comes to a Close

    After nearly a full year of covering only four years of US history, we are done with the Civil War. It’s time for an epilogue! Greg and Cielle talk big picture, and bring in some intriguing stories that just didn’t quite make the cut for regular episodes (including the Civil War origins of Coca-Cola, and the tale of Confederates who immigrate to Brazil, where slavery is still legal). 




    Ready to hash decompress and gear up for Reconstruction? Here we go.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    69: Surrender at Appomattox: The Last Days of the Civil War

    69: Surrender at Appomattox: The Last Days of the Civil War

    “I feel that it is … my duty to shift from myself the responsibility of any further effusion of blood, by asking you to surrender … the army of Northern Virginia. Very respectfully, U. S. Grant.”

    This is the story of one army surrendering to another. Of foes becoming brothers once more. This is the Surrender at Appomattox. 

    • 51 min
    68: Sherman's March to the Sea and the Thirteenth Amendment

    68: Sherman's March to the Sea and the Thirteenth Amendment

    “I can make the march, and make Georgia howl!”




    This is the story of the March to the Sea and the 13th Amendment.




    William Tecumseh “Cump” Sherman describes war as two things: “cruel.” And “war.” Acting under this philosophy, he takes 60,000 of his toughest, most battle-hardened men, and marches from Atlanta to the Peach State’s coast in a show of force meant to break the Confederacy of its will to fight. Cump’s effective--but does he go too far? Americans North and South will debate whether he’s a hero or a villain for generations to come.




    Meanwhile, President Abraham Lincoln has grown tired of the fact that the Constitution legally protects the institution of slavery. But the Constitution hasn’t been amended in 60 years; not since Thomas Jefferson was president! Can the Illinois Railsplitter really push through a 13th amendment? We’ll find out.

    • 51 min

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