Gentle Readers, the second half of my episode of the AskHistorians Podcast released yesterday. It picks up right where the first left off. About halfway through we get into new territory, shooting past Felix Zollicoffer and into the break-up of the Democratic party. We finish out in April, 1861. Listening back to it, I can tell that my voice was failing but I had a ball all the same.
- The first time I mentioned Polk’s election, I said it was in 1846. It’s 1844, as I said on later occasions.
- Houston and Bell both concerned themselves with the issue of displacing Indians, but Houston somewhat more so. Bell expected the Indians to go off west and quietly die for us. Houston held out hope they could be assimilated.
- Celia killed her owner with a hefty stick, not a fireplace shovel. She burned her owner in her fireplace, crushed the bones she could, and got his grandson to scatter the ashes outside for her. The bones she couldn’t crush she hid under the fireplace.
- South Carolina seceded on December 20, 1860, not December 21.
Addition: Franklin Pierce’s wife is Jane Appleton. I forgot her name in the moment.
Now what’s the appropriate time to wait and give others a chance before I pitch an episode again?