Sunday, July 30, 2006

HistoryPodcast 71 - Battle of Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain was one of the largest armed uprisings in American history. From August to September 1921, in Logan County, West Virginia, more than 10,000 coal miners confronted state and federal troops in an effort to unionize the West Virginia mines. It was the final act in a series of violent clashes that have been termed the Red Neck War, from the colour of neckscarves worn by the miners.

HP71 - Battle of Blairmountain.mp3 24:24 - 22.5MB


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

HistoryPodcast 70 - Stand Waite

Stand Watie (12 December 1806-9 September 1871) (also known as Degataga "standing together as one," or "stand firm" and Isaac S. Watie) was a leader of the Cherokee Nation and a brigadier general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He commanded the American Indian cavalry made up mostly of Cherokee, Creek and Seminole.

HP70 - Stand Waite.mp3 7:45 - 7.28MB


Stand Watie Bio

net encyclopedia

Monday, July 17, 2006

HistoryPodcast 69 - William Wallace

William Wallace was a Scottish knight who led a resistance to the English occupation of Scotland during significant periods of the Wars of Scottish Independence. William was the inspiration for the historical novel The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie written by the 15th century minstrel Blind Harry. This work is more of a novel than a biography and is responsible for much of the legend encompassing the history of William Wallace.

HP69 - William Wallace.mp3 4:14 - 4.06MB


Wikipedia Article

William Wallce: The Truth

William Wallace BBC History: Wars of Independence


In the Footsteps of William Wallace

DVD: Braveheart

William Wallace: Guardian of Scotland

William Wallace

Monday, July 10, 2006

HistoryPodcast 68 - Hinckley Fire of 1894

The Great Hinckley Fire was a major conflagration that burned an area of more than 400 square miles (1000 km²), killing 418 to 459 people in the process. The fire occurred on September 1, 1894 and was centered at Hinckley, Minnesota. After a two-month drought, several fires started in the pine forests of Pine County, Minnesota. The main contributor to the fire was apparently the then-common method of lumber harvesting, which involved stripping trees of their branches, littering the ground with such detritus. Another contributing factor was a temperature inversion that trapped the gases from the fires, the fires developed into a firestorm, with flames reaching over four miles (6 km) high and temperatures reaching 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (550 °C). Some people were able to escape by climbing into wells, or by reaching a nearby pond or the Grindstone River. Others escaped by jumping onto two crowded trains that were able to get out of town. James Root, an engineer on a train heading south from Duluth, was able to rescue nearly 300 people by backing a train up nearly five miles to Skunk Lake, where people could escape the fire.

HP68 - Hinckley Fire.mp3 7:35 - 7.13MB

Source: City of Hinckley, Minnesota

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Wikipeida Article


Hinckley Online Tour


Under a Flaming Sky : The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894

Saturday, July 01, 2006

HistoryPodcast 67 - John Brown

This a a request from the history hotline. John Brown was a militant American Abolitionist whose raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Va., in 1859 made him a martyr to the anti-slavery cause and was instrumental in heightening sectional animosities that led to the American Civil War (1861 – 65).

HP67 - John Brown 4:48 - 4.57MB


PBS Resource Bank John Brown

PBS: American Experience Mini-Site

Wikipedia Article

Lots of information

John Brown and the Kennedy Farmhouse