Historical Controversies

Historical Controversies, Season 3

In Historical Controversies, Mises Institute scholar Chris Calton debunks the history you may have learned in school. Armed with facts, theory, and a Rothbardian appreciation for historical narrative, Calton enlightens and entertains in a podcast that has something to offer all audiences.

See the podcast's updated Corrections and Qualifications page.

See also Chris Calton's Bibliographic Essays (PDF): Season 1, History of the War on Drugs (Mises.org/EC1Bib) and Season 2: Antebellum United States (Mises.org/EC2Bib).

Listeners can support this podcast financially at Mises.org/SupportHC.

Dred Scott


Chris Calton discusses how the worst Supreme Court ruling of all time poured gasoline on the fire that was dividing a nation.

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The Election of 1856: A Victorious Defeat


Chris Calton deconstructs the the Presidential election of 1856.

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The Pottawatomie Massacre


In response to the Caning of Charles Sumner, radical John Brown took matters into his own hands by murdering five pro-slavery settlers.

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Kansas Bleeds


In this episode, Chris Calton describes the erupting tensions between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers and politicians.

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America's First Civil War


Chris Calton discusses the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which compounded the growing tensions over the slavery question.

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The Jerry Rescue, Uncle Tom, and Anthony Burns


In this episode, Chris Calton discusses some of the most significant outcomes of the Fugitive Slave Act.

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The Christiana Resistance: The First Shots of the Civil War


Chris Calton looks at one of the first episodes of armed resistance to the Fugitive Slave Acts.

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Nationalized Slavery: The Fugitive Slave Law


In this episode, Chris Calton looks at the horrors of fugitive slave laws.

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California Gold and Clay's Compromise


Chris Calton on the Gold Rush, westward expansion, and the Compromise of 1850.

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The March to America's Civil War


Chris Calton gives a revisionist look at the period leading up to the Civil War.

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