You Don't Know History

Michael McGuinness

This is a history podcast that will discuss various items of history that many people might not know much about. From the most recent war in Artsakh to the Potato Famine to anything under the sun, hopefully the listener can learn something...and have a few laughs!

All Episodes

Hey everyone! Episode 25 is live! I'm joined with Dr. Drew McKevitt (@drewmckevitt) of Louisiana Tech University, and we're talking about Gun Legislation in the United States. From what exactly is a militia, to the effects of the NFA, FFA, how the Black Panther Party for Self Defense affected the gun control movement, to the Brady Bill, this episode will hopefully answer all your questions! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Aug 13

1 hr 38 min

What's up everyone? For Episode 24, I'm joined by Dr. Bradley Sommer (@historybrad on the Bird app), and we're talking about the Rust Belt, the place both he and I will always call home. We talk about it's importance to the growth of the country, the different sectors of manufacturing that made up the area, the policies that drove that manufacturing out, and how the area is bouncing back today. Enjoy the episode! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Jul 29

1 hr 56 min

Hey everyone! Once again, I'm joined by Jordin Dickerson (@Jordin_Aterria), professor at UNCP in PoliSci, holder of a history and law degree, and current public defender, and we're talking about the "Takings clause" of the Fifth Amendment and some important cases that have shaped the US in the last 20 years or so. While not TOO old as far as history goes, it's still vitally important. I hope you enjoy the episode!

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Jul 16

1 hr 1 min

YDKH Hits the Books is back with our second episode, featuring Dr. Brandon Jett. His upcoming book, "Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South" comes out on 7 July, and he came on to talk about it! You can grab a copy here: https://www.brandontjett.com/books and here: https://lsupress.org/books/detail/race-crime-and-policing-in-the-jim-crow-south/

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Jul 2

50 min 1 sec

Hey everyone! For episode 22, I'm joined by Dr. Adam A. Blackler (@adam_blackerWY) and we're talking about the Weimar Republic. We cover A LOT in this episode, from the economic hardships, the amazing culture of the republic, how it wasn't doomed to fail, and ultimately, how it fell. This was an amazing episode, and I hope you enjoy it! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Jun 17

1 hr 44 min

Hey everyone! For episode 21, I'm joined by Dr. Corinne Gressang (@corinnegressang on Twitter), assistant professor of history at Erskine College and we're covering the French Revolution. We cover why the conditions in France were ripe for a revolution, how Louis XVI didn't really have the tools to be king, as well as the multiple iterations of the revolutionary government: Estates General, National Assembly, Legislative Assembly, and the Committee for Public Safety. We also talk about the luminaries of the revolution: Marat, Brissot, and Robespierre, among others. Enjoy the episode! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Jun 10

2 hr 13 min

Hey everyone! YDKH is BACK! In this episode, Dr. Rob Thompson is back to talk about his new book "Clear, Hold, and Destroy: Pacification in Phú Yên and the American War in Vietnam." We talk about what got Dr. Thompson interested in the province, what sources he utilized, and how to deal with book reviews. It was great having Dr. Thompson back on, and I hope you all enjoy! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

Jun 3

54 min 43 sec

Hey everyone! For Episode 20, I'm joined by Mark Herbert, a Civil War historian and MA student at Missouri State University, and today we're talking about the history of the Lost Cause. In this episode, we talk about how the Lost Cause mythology has managed to grow since the end of the Civil War, and how it continues to grow. We talk about Confederate Iconography, how Civil War history is lost when intertwined with politics, and get some great book recommendations. I hope you all enjoy! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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May 4

1 hr 27 min

Hey everyone! We're back! I'm joined by Dick Warlock (@NotDickWarlock on Twitter) where we talked about the film "Black Hawk Down." We talk about the film, how the film glorified a horrible conflict, and how the film acted as a recruiting tool for the military shortly after 9/11. This will be the format for future bonus episodes, but everyone is getting it this week! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Apr 27

1 hr 51 min

Hey everyone! In episode 19, I'm joined by Dr. Virginia Summey (@HistorySummey), and independent historian and faculty fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of Norther Carolina-Greensboro, and we're talking about a VERY divisive topic in American political history: the Southern Strategy. We get into the background of the Southern Strategy, and why the Republican Party came to rely on it to swing races their way. We also talk about how population shifts, voting blocs, and the Civil Rights movement became powerful forces in the American political demography of the time. Oh, and we talk about Barry Goldwater, and more importantly, Dr. Summey's upcoming book! Hope you all enjoy. YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Apr 13

55 min 35 sec

Hello! For episode 18, I'm joined by Dr. Eladio Bobadilla, assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky (@e_b_bobadilla on Twitter) where we talk about the history of the US Labor Movement. We cover a TON in this episode, including a personal favorite of mine, Eugene V. Debs, how labor fought for workers' rights throughout the country, and the organizations that carried that fight through some difficult times. We also cover what the US government has done to fight labor on every front, and how important it is to support workers through the labor movement. I hope you all enjoy the episode! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Apr 6

1 hr 47 min

Hey everone! This week, I'm joined by Prof. Jordin Dickerson (@jordin_atierria) where we talk about the history of voter suppression in the United States. We'll talk about the efforts of the Founding Fathers to initially limit who could voted, how voter suppression tactics only became more and more refined during the Jim Crow era, how those tactics became primarily targeted at people of color, and how voter suppression is STILL an issue in the United States. With what we just saw happen in Georgia, this is still a very important issue, and I hope everyone enjoys the episode and learns as much as I did from it! **Prof. Dickerson's mic was picking up some weird feedback, and I couldn't get it edited out completely. I tried like hell to get it out, but it doesn't take away from this amazing interview.** YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Mar 30

1 hr 14 min

Hey everyone! For Episode 16, I am joined by Dr. Bruce DeHart, recently retired after a great career at UNC-Pembroke. In this episode we're talking about the October Revolution-the revolution that brought about the creation of the Soviet Union. We'll talk about a larger than life cast of characters, the groups that fought for power and influence during the revolution, and the July Days. We'll also get into the horrible effects the First World War had on Russia, how the regular people fit into the new order, and a ton of other things. Dr. DeHart is a brilliant historian, and I hope you all enjoy the episode as much as I did recording it! YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Mar 23

1 hr 56 min

Yes everyone, we're doing TWO EPISODES this week!  In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Brandon T. Jett (@drbrandonjett1) and we talk about the history of policing in the Southern United States. We talk about where southern police departments have their roots, how departments enforced the Black Codes and Jim Crow, their state-sponsored violence against the Civil Rights movements, and the legacy of those methods of policing on today's protests. This was an AMAZING interview, and I hope you all enjoy it.  You can find Dr. Jett's book right here: https://lsupress.org/books/detail/race-crime-and-policing-in-the-jim-crow-south/ And YDKH's theme music is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Mar 17

1 hr 36 min

Hey everyone, YDKH is back! After a small sabbatical due to so technical issues, we finally have episode 14 up. Now, this is going to be a bit different: this was a recording of YDKH's first Twitch stream, where I was joined by my friend Dick Warlock of Left Flank Veterans (@notdickwarlock, @leftflankvets) where we talked about the movie "Hunger," starring Michael Fassbender. He played Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands in this amazing film; we also get into some detail about Bobby Sands himself, and what the legacy of the hunger strike means to revolutionaries. I had a great time doing this, and I hope you enjoy it as well! You'll notice YDKH also has new theme music, which is by the musician Smith the Mister called "Beach Buggy."

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Mar 15

1 hr 16 min

On Episode 13, I'm joined by Dr. Cameron Zinsou (@cgzinsou on Twitter) where we talk about the Vichy regime. In this episode, we talk about Armistice forces, the political ideology of the Vichy regime, the difference between collaboration and accommodation, how important Operation: Dragoon was to the liberation of France, and how the legacy of the Vichy regime is to modern day France. It's an amazing episode, so please enjoy!

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Mar 3

1 hr 38 min

For Episode 12, YDKH is talking the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the Olympic Games! I'm joined by Dr. Johanna Mellis (@JohannaMellis) of Ursinus University and a specialist in the interactions between Hungarian athletes, socialist sports leaders, and the IOC as a microcosm of relations between society, the socialist state, and international organizations during the Cold War; and in between teaching history and conducting her own research, she is also the co-host of the "End of Sport" podcast! We talk about the the Olympic Games and why they have such a hold on the world, what it was like for a Hungarian athlete during the Cold War period, the hypocrisy of the IOC, and cementing a new pod rule: while the IOC sucks, Olympic athletes rock! 

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Feb 23

1 hr 25 min

For episode 11, I am joined by Dr. Jazmine Contreras (@jazzydomenique on Twitter), and we talk about the memory of World War II and the Holocaust in the collective Dutch memory. We'll give a little background about the initial German invasion, and jump right into Dutch resistance, the Nazi occupation, Westerbork, and how the Holocaust is discussed in contemporary times in Holland. Hope you enjoy the episode! -A quick note: We had some weird feedback during the recording, and I did my best to make sure I got as much out of it as I could. Thanks for bearing with me while I refine my producer abilities!

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Feb 17

1 hr 19 min

Welcome! On episode 10 I am joined by Dr. Rachel Michelle Gunter (@PHDRachel on Twitter), a historian who specializes in black, immigrant, and service members' voting rights, and, most importantly for the show, the Suffrage Movement. We'll talk about the various organizations that helped further the movement, the people involved in it, as well as how interpretations of the law and variations affected how women in the United States would fight and achieve the right to vote.

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Feb 10

2 hr 9 min

Hey everyone! For episode 9, I'm joined by Dr. Thomas Lecaque (@tlecaque) of Grand View University, and we're talking about the First Crusade! Join us as we talk about popes (yes, multiple popes!), people with regular names like Robert and Stephen, and those with other names like Raymond, Godfrey, and Tancred while we take a tour of the coastal Levant! We'll talk about sieges of important cities, how the First Crusade ended, and what it's legacy is today. 

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Feb 2

2 hr 7 min

Hey everyone! On this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Anthony Johnson (associate professor of history at UNCP), where we sit down and talk about the late Imperial period in Russia. We'll dive into the background of the Romanovs, the abolishing of serfdom, the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution...and something happened in 1917 that saw the rise of the Soviet Union. Add a few more tsars, Pyotr Stolypin, and the mad monk Rasputin, and you have a packed episode!

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Jan 27

1 hr 45 min

Hello everyone! For episode 7, I'm joined by Trae Wisecarver (@wrestlingclio on the bird app, and host of the Outlaw History channel on YouTube) joins me to discuss what happened before the U.S. Civil War. While most of us know about Civil War, we don't know what really drove the nation to break apart. So we'll talk the Mexican-American War, multiple compromises, a caning on the Senate floor, and the rest of the events that led the nation to war. Host's Note: Trae, you were absolutely spot on about John Brown. While he wasn't the first tried for treason in American history, we was the first to be hung for it. 

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Jan 19

1 hr 33 min

Today, I'm joined by John Legg (@thejohnlegg), a PhD student at George Mason University, to talk about the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862. We'll talk about this short conflict, but more importantly the larger legacy of the war on the Dakota people. We also get into why reconciliation will be almost impossible for the Dakota and Minnesotans, and the problematic relationships between Indigenous groups in the U.S. and the Federal government.  LISTENER'S NOTE: I'm going to apologize now-I babbled a bit at the end. So enjoy John, forgive me, and enjoy the episode!

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Jan 12

1 hr 52 min

For episode 5, I'm joined by my good friend Dermot Cosgrove (@DermotNCosgrove), a former Legionnaire, to talk about the French Foreign Legion. We'll talk about the formation of the Legion, Cameron, and how the French government STILL doesn't want Legion Paras anywhere near France. We'll take a bird's eye view on the storied history of the Legion, with some stories thrown in there for flavoring. 

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Jan 5

2 hr 40 min

In this episode, I'm joined by my favorite Twitterstorian Dr. Rob Thompson (@DrRobThompson on Twitter) as we take a look at the Vietnam War. 

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Dec 2020

1 hr 50 min

For this third episode, I'm joined by Dr. David Walton, Director of Global Black Studies and assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University. In this episode, we talk about the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. We discuss the revolutionaries behind the movement, as well as what various levels of government did to undermine the party and the movement overall. 

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Dec 2020

2 hr 18 min

On this episode, I'm joined by Dr. James Hudson, assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Chinese scholar. We're going to talk about the Cultural Revolution, the people involved, the human costs, and the effects it has had on China into the present day. 

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Dec 2020

1 hr 23 min

Hey everyone! This is the first episode of You Don't Know History! In this episode, I'm joined by author ("Citizen of Earth," "The Great Traitor," and "The Hooligans of Kandahar") and host of the Lions Led By Donkeys podcast Joe Kassabian, and we talk about the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory that is know as Nagorno-Karabakh by most, and Artsakh by Armenians.  Oh, and don't listen to this around kids. There is some rough language. Enjoy!

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Dec 2020

1 hr 26 min