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Battles of the Civil War

In this episode of Crash Course, John Green lists a whole lot of the battles of the US Civil War in seven and a half minutes. We get a lot of requests for military history, so we offer a list of battle names, with some commentary about outcomes, and lots of really interesting pictures

The Election of 1860

In the leadup to the election of 1860, tensions between the North and South were rising, ultimately due to the single issue of slavery. The North wanted to abolish slavery, and the South wanted to continue on with it. It seemed like a war was inevitable, and it turns out that it was. But first the nation had to get through this election. John Green explains.

The Mexican-American War

In this episode of Crash Course, John Green teaches you about the Mexican-American War in the late 1840s, and the expansion of the United States into the western end of North America. US territory finally reaches from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Ocean. After Oregon was secured from the United Kingdom and the Southwest was ceded by Mexico, that is.

Middle Ages Not So Dark

There is no period in history more misunderstood than the Middle Ages. Providence College Professor of English, Anthony Esolen, vividly demonstrates why the “Dark Ages” would be better described as the “Brilliant Ages.”

The Man, the Legend

Have you heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Not likely. The geologist turned South American explorer was a bit of an 18th century super scientist, traveling over 24,000 miles to understand the relationship between nature and habitat. George Mehler details Humboldt’s major accomplishments and why we should care about them today. H/T TEDEducation

Cool Cat Coolidge

Is it possible to make government smaller? Few think so today. Few thought so almost a century ago, following WWI. But one man proved them wrong, our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge (1923 -1929). Acclaimed historian Amity Shlaes
explains how Coolidge did more by doing less and why his governing style might just be the approach we need now. H/T Prager University

How Trains Stopped Time

Before 1883, we didn’t have Eastern Time Zone, the Mountain Time Zone or any standardized system for keeping clocks synchronized across the United States. Every region, every city could set clocks however they wanted, and there were enormous variations. William Heuisler explains the history of time and how trains changed everything.

The War of 1812

On this last day of 2012, pundit Dick Morris gazes back 200 years ago, to the fateful War of 1812, in which the United States sealed its fortunes as an independent nation by decisively beating back an attempt by Great Britain to reclaim the territory as a New World colony.

Origins of the Hamburger

Dying to know how hamburgers came about in this world? While there are multiple theories, many believe the Mongols started the craze when raw beef was kept under saddles while they tried to conquer the world. The meat then became tender enough to eat after spending a good amount of time – ahem – between a horse and human backside.

The Coolest US Naval Victory

Pundit Dick Morris travels back in time to the War of 1812, and examines a pivotal naval battle on Lake Champlain in upstate New York. Through the ingenuity of Commodore Thomas MacDonough, the Americans defeated the heavily armed British warship, the Comfiance, thus thwarting an attempt to invade from Canada and divide the fledgling United States in half.

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