Tag Archives: military history

How America Got Its Bases

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It should come as no surprise that the American military has bases all over the world in strategically important places.  But how did we obtain them, especially those ones that exist in the middle of other sovereign nations?  Join Averill, Katie, and Dan as they discuss American base acquisition in this week’s episode of the History Buffs Podcast.

Show Notes and Further Reading

Diego Garcia:

Diego Garcia Islanders Displaced in U.K. Failure Hope to Return Home,” NPR, April 16, 2015

Scott Foster and Robert Windrem, “Tsunami Spares U.S. Base in Diego Garcia,” NBC News, January 4, 2005

Joshua L. Harris, “U.S. Military Presence in Diego Garcia: National Interests vs. Human Rights,” ICE Case Studies No. 120, December 2003

David Vine, “The Truth About Diego Garcia,” The Huffington Post, June 15, 2015

David Vine, Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia, Princeton University Press, 2011

Guantanamo Bay:

Copy of checks sent to Cuba

The United States, Cuba, and the Platt Amendment, 1901,” Office of the Historian

Agreement Between the United States and Cuba for the Lease of Lands for Coaling and Naval stations, February 23, 1903Yale Law School Avalon Project 

The Case for CLosing – and Keeping Open – Guantanamo,” NPR (6 Mar 2016)

Jess Bravin, The Terror Courts (Yale University Press, 2013) 

Philip Ewing, “Fact Check: Is Obama Handing Guantanamo Bay Back to Cuba?NPR (Feb 25, 2016) 

Alyssa Fetini, “A Brief History of Gitmo,” Time (12 Nov 2008) 

Jeannette L. Nolen, “Guantanamo Bay detention camp,” Encyclopedia Britannica (Updated 22 May 2013)

Michael J. Strauss, The Leasing of Guantanamo Bay (ABC-CLIO, May 14, 2009)


Featured image: Panorama showing 1st, 2nd & 3rd Regiments, U.S. Marines, Deer Point Camp, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 26, 1911 (Library of Congress)

Black Soldiers in the American Civil War

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A few months ago, we talked about the experiences of Civil War contraband, and mentioned the United States Colored Troops. Today, we dig a little more deeply into the history of that military organization. What motivated black men to enlist, and what was their experience in uniform? Join Averill and Sarah to learn more about black soldiers in the American Civil War.


Show Notes and Further Reading

 

Will Hickox, Remember Fort Pillow!, New York Times Disunion 

Richard Slotkin, The Battle of the CraterNew York Times Disunion 

Kevin Levin, The Myth of the Black ConfederateThe Daily Beast 

USCT, The Civil War Trust

Carole Emberton, “Only Murder Makes Men: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience,” Journal of the Civil War Era 2 (September 2012), 369-93.

Black Past, 54th Massachusetts

 

 

 


Feature image: United States soldiers at Camp “William Penn” Philadelphia, PA., 1863 | Library Company of Philadelphia / Flickr Commons

GoT PiH: King’s Landing & Constantinople

Averill, Dan, and special guest Andy Smyser compare the military fortifications of two cities: the fictional Westeros city of King’s Landing and the historical European city of Constantinople. We’re resurrecting that epic battle scene of Season Two – the Battle of Blackwater Bay – to talk about the cutting edge defense tactics Tyrion employed, and similar tactics employed by the protectors of Byzantine Constantinople for almost 700 years. The premier of the sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is April 24th – feed your GoT obsession with our discussion of King’s Landing, Constantinople, and some epic battles.

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Show Notes and Further Reading

The Siege of Constantinople,” Byzantine Military History. 

Basil Aboul-Enein, USAF and Youssef Aboul-Enein, “The Arab Umayyad Muslim Sieges of Constantinople,” The Culture and Conflict Review, 4/1/2012.

Walter E. Kaegi, ” Sieges of Constantinople,” The Reader’s Companion to Military History. Ed. Robert Cowley and Geoffrey Parker. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

David Nicolle, John F. Haldon, Stephen R. Turnbull, The Fall of Constantinople: The Ottoman Conquest of Byzantium. Osprey Publishing, 2007.

 

 

Veterans Day and A History of Federal Benefits for Vets

Marissa, Sarah, and Averill discuss veterans benefits and a history of federal support for U.S. veterans.

The History Buffs Producers thank our nation’s veterans for their service!

 

Show Notes & Further Reading:

Goldberg, Chad. Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Skocpol, Theda. Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Disability, Responsibility, and the Veteran Pension Paradox

Office of Public Affairs: History of Veterans Day

Highlights of the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act 2014

Native American Veterans

Conference Focuses on Services to Native Veterans and Ways for Improvement

Examining Access and Quality of Care for Women Veterans

Image: World War I-era photographs shows crowds filling streets surrounding City Hall in celebration of Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Photograph shows replica Statue of Liberty, which was unveiled on April 6, 1918 during the Third Liberty Loan drive. Library Company of Philadelphia. Accession Number: 7066.Q.34