Henry Wilson & The Civil War
By Lincoln Anniballi
Henry Wilson & The Civil WarFeb 16, 2023
Bonus - Benjamin Franklin Butler: Interview with Elizabeth Leonard
This bonus episode features my interview with Professor Elizabeth Leonard on her book Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life. Ben Butler is one of the most interesting figures of this period. Wilson and Butler shared many similarities in their careers, politics, and service. You can find Professor Leonard's book here.
22 - Henry Wilson's Legacy
In the final episode of the series we discuss the end of Reconstruction and the racial violence that followed, Eva Wilson, Wilson's marble bust in the US Capitol, the Wilson Desk that was used by President Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, and the lasting legacy of Henry Wilson.
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Bonus - Visiting Every Vice Presidential Gravesite: Interview with TJ Fallon
This bonus episode features my full discussion with TJ Fallon who traveled to every Vice Presidential grave in 2020. Fallon posts history videos on his YouTube channel Dead History. I encourage you to check out his videos on https://www.youtube.com/c/DeadHistory.
21 - Vice President Henry Wilson
In today's episode we discuss the vice presidency of Henry Wilson, his sudden illness, the writing of his three volume history of slavery, and his death in the US Capitol.
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Bonus - Reconstruction & President Grant: Interview with Joan Waugh
This bonus episode features my interview with Professor Joan Waugh.
20 - Grant & Wilson
In today's episode we discuss the growing terrorism in the south against Black citizens, Wilsons trip to Europe, the republican convention of 1872, the re-election of Grant, the election of Wilson to the Vice Presidency, and the Credit Moblier scandal.
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Bonus - George Boutwell: Interview with Jeffrey Boutwell
This bonus episode features my full discussion with Jeffrey Boutwell, author of the forthcoming biography, Redeeming America's Promise: George S. Boutwell and the Politics of Race, Money and Power, 1818-1905
Learn more about George Boutwell and Jeffrey Boutwell on www.JeffreyBoutwell.com
19 - Renewed Reconstruction: The Election of 1868
In today's episode we discussed the 14th amendment, the death of Harriet Wilson, The 1868 presidential election and Wilson's application to be a part of the Grant cabinet, the advancements of racial equality and suffrage, and Wilson's support of women's suffrage. We also covered the debate around Santo Domingo and the split within the Republican Party.
Bonus - Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, Andrew Johnson: Interview with Robert S Levine
This bonus episode features my full discussion with Professor Robert S Levine. You can find The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, everywhere books can be purchased, and you can learn more about Professor Levine on his site, https://blog.umd.edu/robert-s-levine/
18 - Change in Character: The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
In today's episode we cover the polarized relationship between Republicans and Johnson, the violent and oppressive Black Codes that Wilson fought to end, Wilson's devastating loss, the 14th Amendment, and the impeachment of President Johnson.
17 - President Lincoln's Assassination & Andrew Johnson
In this episode we cover the assassination of President Lincoln, Lincoln's successor Andrew Johnson, the relationship between Johnson and Radical Republicans, the Freedmen's Bureau, and Wilson's advocacy for Black suffrage.
16 - Surrender & Reunion
In today's episode we discuss Wilson's re-election to the senate, the results of the election of 1864, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the varying political views of reunion, the 13th Amendment, and the assassination of President Lincoln.
Bonus - Using the Library of Congress for Research: Interview with Michelle Krowl
In today's bonus episode, I spoke with Michelle Krowl, the Civil War and Reconstruction manuscript specialist at the Library of Congress. Learn more about the Library of Congress and begin your own research at LOC.gov
15 - Victory in Sight: The Gettysburg Address & The Election of 1864
In today's episode we discuss the Gettysburg Address, Wilson's advocacy for the use of Black soldiers and for their improved conditions, Shermans March to the Sea, Henry Hamilton, and the election of 1864.
Bonus - The National Academy of Science: Interview with Daniel Kevles
This bonus episode is my full interview with Yale Professor Emeritus, Daniel Kevles on the founding of the National Academy of Science.
14 - 1863: The Defining Year
In today's episode we discuss the events of 1863; Wilson's conscription act forming the national draft, Wilson's grueling schedule as Military Affairs Chair, Wilson's work with Clara Barton, the founding of the National Academy of Science, and finally the Battle of Gettysburg.
Bonus - Slavery, The Underground Railroad, and Revolt
In this bonus episode we discuss the vile treatment of enslaved Black people and their passionate attempts towards freedom. This episode contains intense descriptions and language.
13 - Military Affairs & Emancipation
In this episode we discuss Wilson's alleged affair with Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Wilson's organization and leadership of the Massachusetts 22nd Regiment, Wilson's tireless work as chair of the Military Affairs Committee, and his advocacy for emancipation and equal rights. We also look at Wilson's 1862 DC Emancipation Act and the Emancipation Proclamation.
12 - Secession & Fort Sumter
In today's episode we discuss the early crisis of disunion and Wilson's work putting together an army as new chair of the Military Affairs Committee, the Lincoln Administration, and the first shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter.
11 - The Election of 1860
In this episode we discuss the hanging of John Brown, the election of 1860, the departure of southern states over the cause of slavery, and the impending Civil War.
10 - Abe Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, & John Brown
In this episode we discussed Wilson's oratory rebuttal "Are Working Men Slaves?", the Lincoln-Douglass debates of 1858, and Wilsons re-election to the Senate. With the help of Kevin Pawlack and Jon-Erik Gilot we also discussed John Brown and his raid in Harpers Ferry Virginia.
Bonus - Bleeding Kansas: Interview with Nicole Etcheson
Today's bonus episode is a discussion with Professor Nicole Etcheson, an historian on the history of the midwest and Kansas. The discussion delves into the history of Kansas and the Bleeding Kansas affair. Thank you to Professor Etcheson for her time and insight!
9 - The Republican Party & Dred Scott
In this episode we cover the election of 1856, Garrisonian criticisms of Wilson, Wilson's work at organizing a free Kansas, and the infamous Dred Scott case.
8 - Bloodshed in Congress
In todays episode we discuss some of the major figures and perspectives representing the anti-slavery movement at the time. We cover Wilsons first days in the Senate and the infamous Brooks-Summner incident and Henry Wilson's actions launching him to be hailed as an icon of the North and an enemy of the South.
7 - Senator Henry Wilson
In todays episode we discuss the Kansas Nebraska Bill, the forming of a new political party; The Know Nothings, and Henry Wilsons election as the senator of Massachusetts.
6 - Loss & Failure
In today's episode we cover Wilsons ambitions for the governors office and his work to revive the Democratic-Free Soil Coalition through a state constitutional convention.
5 - Free Soil-Democratic Coalition
In today's episode we continue to discuss Henry Wilsons formation of the Free Soil Party, and also his clever idea to form a coalition to fight the slave powers hold on Massachusetts politics and beyond!
4 - Free Soiler
In this episode we discuss Henry Wilsons dramatic departure from the Whig party and his work at forming the Free Soil Party.
Bonus - The Mexican American War: Interview with Sam W Haynes
3 - The Texas Question
In today's episode we cover the lead up to the Mexican-American War, and the great debate over the annexation of Texas.
Bonus - The Henry Wilson Shoe Shop
In today's second bonus episode, we delve into the history of the iconic red shoe shop in Natick Massachusetts. If you're interested in seeing pictures of the ten-footer throughout the past century, head to www.henrywilsonhistory.com/shoe-shop.
Bonus - Slavery In Politics & The Nullification Crisis
In the first bonus episode of the series we cover some background to slavery's policy roots in the United States and the Nullification Crisis leading to the Civil War.
CORRECTION: The Constitutional Convention occurred in 1787, not 1788 asstated. The Constitution was ratified in 1788. Read more about the 1787 Constitutional Convention here.
2 - The Natick Shoemaker
In today's episode we cover Wilsons journey to Natick Massachusetts, his budding career as a shoemaker, and his jump into politics. We also cover slavery's standing and the treatment of enslaved people, and the major political parties of Massachusetts and the United States.
CORRECTION: Constitutional Convention occurred in 1787, not 1788 as stated at time stamp 13:09. The Constitution was ratified in 1788. Read more about the 1787 Constitutional Convention here.
1 - Jeremiah Jones Colbath
In this first full episode of Henry Wilson & the Civil War, we'll start the journey of Henry Wilsons life from his youth in Farmington New Hampshire. If you have a question of comment please reach out to HenryWilsonPodcast@gmail.com. If you're interested in Henry Wilson be sure to subscribe and learn more at HenryWilsonHistory.com.
0 - Who was Henry Wilson?
In this introductory episode of the series explore who Henry Wilson was and get introduced to some of the many voices youll be hearing throughout the over 20 epsiode series. Thank you to all of those who helped make the show possible, especially those featured in this episode; Joe Weisse, John L Meyers, Betty Koed.
Henry Wilson & The Civil War Trailer
In the Spring of 2022, Henry Wilson & The Civil War will explore the life of Henry Wilson through key events in the Civil War with input from historians and authors. Born into abject poverty, Henry Wilson, the little known Radical Republican senator of Massachusetts and later Vice President, played an enormous role in shaping America during and after the war, serving as the Chair of the Senate Military Committee. Not only was Wilson’s service as a politician dynamic and nuanced, he lived a unique life working as a farmer, cobbler, journalist, teacher, and general. Listen as we explore Henry Wilson & The Civil War.
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