American History Too

American History Too
Hosted by Mark McLay and Malcolm Craig
American History Too! began as an (unofficial) effort to provide additional teaching for students on the University of Edinburgh’s American History survey course, with diverse topics such as HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, the Scopes Trial, and Irish-Americans during the Civil War.
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Episode 46 – A More Benevolent Slaveholder? Native Americans and the Peculiar Institution

On Episode 46, we’re joined by the University of Hull’s Edd Mair, who discusses his research on Native Americans as slaveholders during the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly the Seminole tribe of Florida.

We have a wide-ranging discussion of the history of Native American slavery – both as enslaved people and as slaveholders themselves. 

Why did the enslave Africans? Was it out of necessity or more nefarious reasons? As we find out, some Native Americans even held similar racial beliefs to those that would become common among white people during Social Darwinism’s heyday.  

Mostly, we get at the question of whether or not Native American were more benevolent slaveholders in comparison with their white counterparts – a common myth that was accepted in American society.

We’ll be back next month with a follow-up episode on Native Americans when we discuss how they fared during the 20th century.

Cheers,
Mark and Malcolm




Episode 45 – 1968: 50 Years On

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January 31, 2018 • On Episode 45, we are joined by UCL's Nick Witham (@ndwitham) to examine the turbulent events of 1968 in the United States. 50 years on, what are the legacies of the 365 days of...

| January 31, 2018

Episode 44 – Excluded and Interned: The Asian-American Experience from the Yellow Peril to ‘Model Minority’

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December 19, 2017 • On Episode 44 of American History Too! we're joined by TWO very special guests - the University of Exeter's Rachel Pistol (@PistolRachel) and the University of Edinburgh's Tim...

| December 19, 2017

Episode 43 – South of the Border: US-Latin America Relations from Monroe to Mann

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November 30, 2017 • On Episode 43 of American History Too! we delve into the United States' topsy-turvy relationship with its southern neighbours. The US has had a fascinating and complex...

| November 30, 2017

Nivelle Offensives Pt. 4

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November 30, 2017 • The first days of attack had failed, and now Nivelle would have to answer for his promises of swift victory....

| November 30, 2017

Episode 42 – The Pioneers: Black Candidates Before Obama

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October 25, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Lancaster University's politics lecturer Richard Johnson (@richardmarcj) to discuss five pioneering black politicians who ran for election...

| October 25, 2017

Episode 41 – Anti-Slavery Dynamite: Black Abolitionists in Britain

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September 28, 2017 • (Our guest this month, Hannah Rose Murray, @Hannah_RoseM , frederickdouglassinbritain.com) One spring evening in 1838, formerly enslaved African American Moses Roper spoke to a...

| September 28, 2017

Episode 40 – Age of Charisma: America’s Magnetic Losers, 1870-1940

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August 28, 2017 • For Episode 40 of American History Too! we've fired up the Translatlantic cables to chat to Dixie State University's Jeremy Young (@jeremycyoung) about his work on the 'Age of...

| August 28, 2017

Episode 39 – Long, Hot Summer: Race Riots in 1960s America

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July 20, 2017 • 50 years on from the 'long, hot summer' of 1967 we look back at the race riots that became a common feature of the 1960s landscape in the United States. Should we call them riots?...

| July 20, 2017

Episode 38 – Suspicious Minds: The Paranoid Cinema of the 1970s

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June 27, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Fraser McCallum to discuss the paranoid cinema of the 1970s that emerged in the midst of assassinations, Watergate, and an array of...

| June 27, 2017

Episode 38 – Suspicious Minds: The Paranoid Cinema of the 1970s

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June 27, 2017 • On this month's episode we're joined by Fraser McCallum to discuss the paranoid cinema of the 1970s that emerged in the midst of assassinations, Watergate, and an array of...

| June 27, 2017

Episode 37 – Private Eye: Allan Pinkerton and the Pinkerton National Detective Agency

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May 28, 2017 • On Episode 37 of American History Too! we look at a man and an organisation who encapsulated much of what 19th century America was about: immigration, westward expansion, big...

| May 28, 2017

Episode 36 – With Malice Towards None: The Fascinating Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

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April 28, 2017 • The 16th President of the United States, unlike so many of his fellow nineteenth century White House occupants, has not been lost to History. Indeed, his name lives on as the...

| April 28, 2017

Episode 35 – In God We Trust? Religion and the American Civil War

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March 25, 2017 • On Episode 35 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Hull's Rachel Williams to discuss the role that religion played in the American Civil War.   Rachel...

| March 25, 2017

Episode 34 – Insult or Celebration? Debating Black History Month

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February 24, 2017 • On Episode 34 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Birmingham's James West (@ejwestuk) to discuss the history of Black History Month and the debates that...

| February 24, 2017

Episode 34 – Insult or Celebration? Debating Black History Month

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February 24, 2017 • On Episode 34 of American History Too! we're joined by the University of Birmingham's James West (@ejwestuk) to discuss the history of Black History Month and the debates that...

| February 24, 2017

Episode 33 – Taken to Church: The CIA and the Year of Intelligence

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January 20, 2017 • On Episode 33 we turn our attentions back to the CIA and pick up where we left off in Episode 31. Joined by the University of Reading’s Dafydd Townley, we whizz through the...

| January 20, 2017

Episode 32 – Overpaid and Oversexed: The US ‘Occupation’ of Wartime Britain, 1942-1945

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December 17, 2016 • In 1942, GIs who were being deployed to Britain were presented with a clear set of official instructions which warned them what they could expect to find when they reached wartime...

| December 17, 2016

Episode 31 – Gang of Weirdos: The Roots of CIA Covert Operations

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November 26, 2016 • World War II is over, the Cold War is just beginning, and the United States is set on winning hearts and minds - and foreign elections - by any means necessary. On episode 31...

| November 26, 2016

Bonus – Donald Ducked: The 2016 Election Special

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November 11, 2016 • What it says in the title. It's over and in an attempt to process Trump's shock victory we break down the 2016 election into historical perspective. To do so, we're joined once...

| November 11, 2016

Episode 30 – Rockin’ in the Free World: Presidential Campaign Music

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October 14, 2016 • On Episode 30 of American History Too! we take a deep dive into the history of music and presidential campaigns in the United States. Joined by the Imperial War Museum's Fraser...

| October 14, 2016

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