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History Unplugged Podcast

with Scott Rank

Bonus Q&A on the Civil War Series with Scott & James

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Two weeks ago we finished the 25-part series on the 10 most important battles in the Civil War. Some of you had follow-up questions. We ran a poll to so which ones were the most popular. In a recording of a live-streaming Q&A session, James and Scott answer the following questions:
How many civilians died due to battles getting close to population centers (e.g., the Gettysburg battle site is close to the town)?

What was going on with John Wilkes Booth during the Civil War?

Were people at the time aware of events like Harriett Tubman's involvement in the raid on Combahee Ferry? Did that effect public perception?

For various generals (both sides), was there any correlation between how well they did in West Point and how well they did as leaders in war?

Please describe POW camps in more detail.

What do you think about the removal of the statues and the renaming of places that have been named after Confederate soldiers?
December 27, 2018
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Scott Rank is the host of the History Unplugged Podcast and a PhD in history who specialized in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. Before going down the academic route he worked as a journalist in Istanbul. He has written 12 history books on topics ranging from lost Bronze Age civilizations to the Age of Discovery. Some of his books include The Age of Illumination: Science, Technology, and Reason in the Middle Ages and History’s 9 Most Insane Rulers.. Learn more about him by going to
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