Historical Controversies: Corrections and Qualifications
In the process of researching, writing, and recording a weekly podcast, there is no doubt that I am going to make mistakes from time to time. Because I try to record well in advance of the airing of a specific episode, it is not logistically practical for me to try to make the corrections in later episodes, so instead, I will keep a running list of episode corrections and qualifications here. Some of these corrections were pointed out by listeners, and I welcome comments pointing out any details I get wrong, though if I can’t quickly confirm the correction, I will prefer to see a source for the claim.
Episode 13 – The March to America’s Civil War
I refer to the “destruction of the first party-system,” when I meant to say “second party-system.” In the episode on the Election of 1856, I give a correct account of the party-system changes.
Episode 25 – Filibuster in Cuba, Part 2
I refer to William Crittenden as both the son and nephew of Attorney General John J. Crittenden at different points in the episode. He was the nephew.
I refer to John C. Calhoun as the vice-president, but this was well after the time Calhoun was vice-president, and he was a US Senator during the majority of the period referenced. I believe this mistake has been removed from every version except for the YouTube version.
I claim that the Sharps rifle had a range of “twenty football fields.” A listener pointed out that Wikipedia lists an effective firing range of only 500 yards, and a maximum range of 1,000 yards. In Tycoon’s War, Stephen Dando-Collins writes, “The Hondurans thought they were out of range, but the Sharps rifle had a range of two thousand yards.” Neither Wikipedia nor Dando-Collins offer a citation for their range estimates, so I don’t know which one is correct, but I was referencing Dando-Collins for my claim.
Episode 32 – Harper’s Ferry, Part 1: The Plan
I say that John Brown claimed to be nine years old at the time of his witnessing the beating of a slave child, but John Brown actually claimed to be twelve.