The Monday American: A History Podcast

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” - Rudyard Kipling

American History revisited, because hindsight isn’t always 20/20. The Podcast Advocate Network brings you an American history podcast that holds true to the words of Rudyard Kipling: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” We put the “story” back into History!

The Vietnam War (Part IV): Tet Unravels the West

The Tet Offensive pushes the conflict in Vietnam to a boiling point both abroad and within the United States. The American public after Tet, the odd victory without reward, finally was able to see the real situation in Vietnam. What was even more jarring to the public than the "principals" and their malfeasance was the unsettling realization that the war in Vietnam had somehow started a civil war in America.

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The Vietnam War (Part III): Limited War, Without Limits.

Picking up where we left off in part II, we learn a bit more about who LBJ was and what helped him to make the fateful decisions made throughout his administration regarding the Vietnam War, its escalation and its subsequent veiling to the American public. 

The former Senate Majority Leader was a master of manipulation, skilled like none other in the art of politics, personal flattery and the ability to read a man in order to face off against him. Lyndon B. Johnson masterfully avoided the rebuke of Congress and the American people while further involving the nation in a conflict with no hope of resolution. 

Using the attack of Pleiku airbase, as well as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, LBJ was able to position himself as the President leading the charge of retaliation against the "aggressor" North Vietnamese. Operation "ROLLING THUNDER" would kick off the bombing campaign that would prove the North Vietnamese would not only withdraw in their campaign, but they would escalate it on a magnitude with which the United States was un-willing and un-able to match.

Special Episode: Interview with William Timmons

Although this podcast is not an interview format show (usually), I had the chance to sit down with a State Senator from South Carolina who is running for Congress in the upcoming election. I believe that what he has to say about politics, congress and the country in general are beneficial for not only his constituents but for any American listening in. Please excuse the interruption of the Vietnam War series (of which part III will release shortly) in order to enjoy a conversation with a congressional candidate.  

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The Vietnam War (Part II): Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy.


Part two of the Vietnam War series continues the story of the escalation of the U.S. involvement in Indochina, eventually kicking off the Vietnam War. The JFK administration comes to an abrupt and early end, forcing Lyndon Baines Johnson to pick up where Kennedy left off. The first real "tell" of LBJ's intentions comes to light after he shows his cards in response to the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin...

The Vietnam War (Part I): The Dominos Begin to Fall

 The analogy of Domino's falling is admittedly a lazy subtitle on our part. That said, even though it rings as a loud cliché it is easily the most appropriate way to describe the entire American involvement in the Indochina (Vietnam), South Asia and overall struggle against the "un-ceasing" growth of communism. 

Part One of the series provides the context that is necessary to glean the story out of the Indochina conflict. Without understanding not only how, but why these events came to be, the story within the history doesn't get through and it doesn't teach those of us looking back at it today. 

The difficult aspect of covering this specific war in American history is the sheer amount of lies, misdirection and flat out confusing amount of sources and historical data are available. It is ironically fitting however, the Vietnam war remains one of the most complex and farthest thing from "simple" that endures in the history of America. 

Part one of the series begins the journey that is the story of the Vietnam War, we hope you enjoy.


The American Civil War (Part V): A Nation Born of Blood

Part Five of the series opens with the full realization of the Confederate States of America that the war cannot be won setting in. General Ulysses S. Grant moves into Richmond, VA and occupies the recently abandoned Confederate government headquarters.Robert E. Lee takes his men on a "march from hell" only to realize the only option is surrender, which he does on April 9, 1865. When everything seems to be coming together, the nation loses Abraham Lincoln to an assassin's bullet; altering the course of the new nation forever...

Sources Used

Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Vintage Books, 2000.

Winik, Jay. April 1865 the month that saved America. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2008.

Blight, David W. Race and reunion: the Civil War in American memory. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2002.

Alexander, Edward Porter. Military Memoirs of a Confederate. New York, NY:  C. Scribners Sons, 1907.

Fellman, Michael, Lesley J. Gordon, and Daniel E. Sutherland. This terrible war: the Civil War and its aftermath. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.

Coski, John M. The Confederate battle flag: Americas most embattled emblem. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006.

Taylor, Michael W. The Cry is War, War, War. Dayton, OH: Morningside Press, 1994.

Geer, Walter. Campaigns of the Civil War. Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky, 2009.

The American Civil War (Part IV): The Reality of War

In Part IV of the American Civil War the nation reels from the cost of the conflict. The Battle of Antietam takes its toll as the nation's bloodiest single day of combat - ever. The Battle of Gettysburg becomes the country's most costly single battle, still to this day. The Union army control is given to Ulysses S. Grant who battles Robert E. Lee through the Overland Campaign, inching closer to Richmond where the life of the Confederate States of America seems to be waning. 


The American Civil War: A House Divided (Part III)

The nation undergoes several crucial events in its course to all out war, which has long been coming. Topics covered in this episode include: Nat Turner's Rebellion, The Fugitive Slave Act, the Dred Scott decision, the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, The Election of 1860, Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, Fort Sumter, The Battle of Bull Run, The Naval Buildup and the national realization that this was not going to be a short lived war.

 

The American Civil War (Part II)

This episode begins with the raid on Harpers Ferry by John Brown. In doing so he becomes the ultimate martyr for his cause, inciting the national debate on the slavery issue further than ever before...

The American Civil War (Part I)

 

The beginning of the civil war story starts earlier than you might imagine. We back up all the way to 1790 where George Washington announced his retirement from politics with his famous farewell address. It was a few months prior to this event that led Washington to address to the nation just what he felt was necessary in order to preserve the life of this new democratic republic that the United States had formed. He issued a warning that the biggest threats to democracy were the people themselves not understanding the freedom with which they were granted, and not unifying as a nation of United States. The reason Washington had these concerns was due to a debate about slavery that occurred a few months prior to his address. The slavery issue came to the house floor and was debated with fervor and heated conversation. The eventual outcome would be that due to the passing of the United States Constitution years prior, congress had no right to touch the topic of slavery through the year 1808. It ended with the abolitionists and pro-slavery arguers understanding that not only could the United States of America not do anything about the issue right then, due to the overwhelming understanding that the states dependent on it for their economy would surely succeed and destroy the Union right away; but they understood that they weren't even ready to talk about the topic due to the fact that neither side had a realistic and attainable solution. Episode 24, Part one of the Civil War series begins the story of the Civil War in the midst of the heated congressional debate about what this new nation known as the United States of America will do about the topic of Slavery. 



Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt: America's Bull Moose

We've been working hard to introduce to you a new ongoing series titled: American Made. It will feature a character from American History that embodies the classic American ideals we admire, and a person that directly contributed to the success of our great nation! We hope you're as excited as we are about this! 

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The Miracle over Miami: Eastern Airlines Flight 855

Eastern Airlines Flight 855: The Miracle over Miami.

 This is the story of how a commercial jetliner was able to avoid utter disaster over the ocean and safely land in Miami, all 172 passengers and crew along with it. 

Although this is a slight deviation in the normal American history episodes we do it still plays an integral part in the nation's story. We hope you enjoy. 

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The American Revolution (Part III)

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George Washington Suffers defeat after defeat in the Revolutionary War, ultimately leading many to question his capability to lead the Army against the British invaders. For all his early failures and misfortunes he is able to plan one of the most iconic attacks in military history; resulting in the revival of the revolutionary cause for the colonies divided to become states that were united. This is the story of how George Washington saved America before it was even born.

*Bonus* With "Mulder Was Right" Podcast: 9/11 Collaboration (Part Four)

Part four of the highly anticipated and nearly critically acclaimed series on 9/11 brought to you by the collaboration of "The Monday American" and "Mulder Was Right" podcasts!

Enjoy the fourth and final part of this series where we discuss the implications since the attack and the possible motives for the attack if it were done by one of our own...

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*Bonus* With "Mulder Was Right" 9/11 Collaboration (Part Three)

9/11 Series Part Three

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