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S1E14 - The Yankee Diaspora: Land Before Lincoln

S1E14 - The Yankee Diaspora: Land Before Lincoln

Illinois's early history in the United States is one without the typical urban touchstone of Chicago. In this episode, Brian & Lyman discusses downstate Illinois, "Little Egypt," and the politically volatile mixing of Yankees and Upland Southerners that lead to yet another interesting clash over the fate of slavery in the Northwest Territory.

S1E13 - The Yankee Diaspora: Vandals of the Midwest

S1E13 - The Yankee Diaspora: Vandals of the Midwest

Brian & Lyman continue discussing the early settlement of Indiana by a curious mix of yankees and southerners. In this episode, learn about Indiana's unfortunate history with infrastructure projects, how Indiana narrowly avoided becoming a slave state, and how Indiana nearly had a significantly more awesome name.

Oh, and I believe we're done with the incessant Hoosier slander. For now.

Season 1, Episode 9 - Enslaved Migration Recap

Season 1, Episode 9 - Enslaved Migration Recap

Having now covered roughly 200 years of enslaved migration in the United States, Brian & Lyman ask each other what it all means. In what ways does the modern U.S. reflect this troubled past? What effect has enslaved migration had on America's sense of self? How did a misguided attempt at helping freed American slaves leave a lasting impression on a totally different continent? Is the lesson to be learned from the horrors of slavery that America is evil? Or is there perhaps a sliver of hope to be found at the end of it all?

Season 1, Episode 8 - Enslaved Migration, Part Five

Season 1, Episode 8 - Enslaved Migration, Part Five

Free at last! In this episode, Brian & Lyman discuss the final push of slavery into Texas and the American West, Bleeding Kansas, and the moment we've all been waiting for: emancipation. Also, listen to the end for a little-known story about the true end of slavery in the United States (Hint: It's significantly after 1865).