Episode 1: A Lasting Impact

The Civil War is one of, if not the fundamental formative event in America's history. The war not only freed millions held in bondage but resolved long debated on the nature of the power of the federal government and what form the economy of this nation would take. Imagine a time when what the American way of life would be, had not been decided. Imagine a time when how far the basic premises of the freedoms guaranteed in the bill rights and constitution extended? That time was the era between 1812 and 1860. During that time the power of the slave owning states and the proponents of state sovereignty and an agrarian American republic was gradually eroded until they saw only two options, submission or secession. The cultural war lost the shooting war began. The result was the clearing away of old ideas of what America's destiny would be and a clean slate for the development of the America we know. 

The deeds accomplished by the historical players in this clash of ideas and values become the basis for what in many opinions is the great American narrative, the tale of how a nation took its first steps toward making the high sounding words of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution a reality instead of evidence of hypocrisy and moral cowardice. In this fight between worlds the drama and human sacrifice would become immortalized in our national memory. 

The combination of everything that was fought for, what the nation would become and the sacrifices made result in the Civil War having a place of primacy in our national memory more than a century and half later. 

Episode Zero: A Look Ahead

Welcome to America Asunder. This podcast will be an objective discussion of the US Civil War. I will examine the causes of the war, political, social and economic impact, as well as the battlefield history and the role the war played in forming the America we live in today. 

This is episode zero and its purpose is to inform the listener what they can expect from this podcast and introduce you into my style as a podcaster. Soon to follow over the next few days and weeks will be an Episode 1 - A Lasting Impact, exploring why the US Civil War has the impact it does today in America and why 150 years later so many people are interested in it. Following will be a discussion of the causes of the war, which will probably be split into two or three episodes and an episode dedicated to the organization of civil war armies and how battles were fought. 

Hopefully you stick around as this project finally gets up and running. 

Launching in November - 1861-1865: America Asunder!

America Asunder! will be an ongoing podcast series exploring the US Civil War. No time period in US History seems to captivate Americans as much as the Civil War.  America Asunder! will discuss the political, social and economic cause of the war, major battlefield engagements and campaigns as well as trying to define more clearly the the motivations of the primary historical actors on each side.

Launching in November America Asunder! will have new content uploaded weekly and will be available on iTunes and Stitcher. Check back for more updates.