Sunday, March 25, 2018

Talk to the Troll: Your thoughts about Marie Antoinette Wasn't All Bad

History always becomes more interesting to me when the deeper sides of the people involved are revealed.  Marie Antoinette, on the surface looks like a royal who spent a ton of money and looked out for her luxurious life first and foremost.  Getting into her life story revealed a lot of respectable, strong and fascinating side stories that reveal a person who dealt with life's challenges horribly and very well as she lived a life of unique circumstance and tremendous tragedy.  She certainly displayed attributes of a spoiled royal yet I found plenty of instances where she displayed both successful and failed attempts to lead with responsible nobility.  The ultimate tragic death and pervasive negative narrative surrounding her seems like a politically astute smear campaign that has stuck despite a lot of evidence to the contrary.  She was certainly no great leader yet if the mark of a person is how they behave in horrible situations she did not fit the Marie Antoinette stereotype.  Here are some of the places I found out more info to get you started if you would like to learn more.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Troll the Troll: Yea or nay on the case of Hamilton committing suicide by duel and any other thoughts regarding this episode...

Please use the comments to quickly give a Yea or Nay to the Hamilton case and share your thoughts about these two icons of mutual dislike, Hamilton and Burr.  As promised, here are links to more information and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

I've read quite a bit on the the Hamilton and Burr duel and each of the men and most reflect the common view of Burr as branded by Hamilton and Jefferson.  In my humble opinion only one reflects fair diligence regarding Burr, the rest are all skewed towards Hamilton in both narrative and research. In Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg, you can jump the stereotype and get to the very well researched and well related truth regarding Burr.  She cut past the hearsay so often cited and got to the actual correspondence between the two as things progressed from insult to guns loaded.  After reading it and checking her research and cross checking it against work of some pretty notable historical writers I furrowed my brow and made shaming faces in the direction of many writers who've covered the subject.  Skip everyone else and read Isenberg to see what taking historical research to the right level really is! 

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

For some quick looks just a few clicks away here are some links to stuff on the web:
Finally, dealing with something as serious as suicide in a troll might be seen as disrespecting a very real and serious issue.  It is precisely because it is a real and serious issue that it has a place in history.  I've been struck by the horrible situations preceding murders, death in battle and other forms of death that made me wonder about the mindset of the deceased.  My attribution of motive here reflects a sincere and respectful empathy I have for anyone in a downward spiral. Then, as now, life is frequently hard and bad situations have a way of snowballing.  Then, as now, life is worth living.  History is full of real people overcoming horrible times.  On the off chance this is reaching someone whose interest was triggered by suicidal thinking- call the number below, please.  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours everyday

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Without Benedict Arnold We'd Be British

TROLL THE TROLL: Hit me with your thoughts on Without Benedict Arnold We'd Be British in the comments below.

TROLL THE TROLL:  Hit me with your thoughts on Without Benedict Arnold We'd Be British in the comments below.  To streamline the site, I'm also including the links in this post.  Thanks for listening!

Here are some links to images of Arnold at Saratoga

This looks like a good read although I haven't read it yet.  

His Excellency by Joseph J. Ellis, is a book I love.  

If you are looking for a great place to start,  1776 by David McCullough is very well done.  

Also make sure you check out Daniel Morgan and Ethan Allan!

This is just the tip of the iceberg, go to your local library and check out what they have on the Revolutionary War.  Every Tom, Dick and Harry seem to be spouting off at the mouth about our founding fathers and what they intended in an effort to simplify our politics today.  Bluntly, that's typically pretty funny and almost always self serving because if you check the history, they contradicted themselves, fought like cats and dogs and were far from perfect.  That said, they did something truly amazing that changed this country and the world.  In their time, the issues were obviously more divisive (hence the whole revolt) and the politics were often much more nasty than what we see today.  Our revolutionary period is chalk full of great real stories full of, cunning plots, world changers, war heroes, great couples, amazing women, love stories etc!!! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TROLL THE TROLL: Hit me with your thoughts on General Lee.

Maybe it's time to ask if we think he was great because we hear it so much it has to be true?  Is it the statues or the lost hope that have made history forget his huge body counts and ultimate loss?  Why the huge rep in history and all the stories about his men loving him despite big body counts and eventual surrender?  Help a troll out here folks.  I see some great battles, some big play offense style first downs but not a game winning strategy with Lee.  Go ahead, shred my arguments.  I've been married to a woman much smarter than me for long enough to handle a little correction :). 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Learn more about Lee and the Civil War

Links to more about Lee and the civil war!

Those links are the tip of the iceburg for more information online.  If you are looking for a book or two to expand your civil war knowledge,  Ron Chernow's book on Grant is very good, and Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative - 3 Volumes is FANTASTIC.  Hit up your local library, there are boatloads of books on the civil war and it really helps to take a look and read a little of a few to find the books you click with. Ken Burns, Civil War documentary is a great documentary but certainly not the only one!

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Thanks for checking out the podcast and website!   I like to think of this as more trollcasting than podcasting, hence the name, History Troll.  Here feeding the troll is good because it leads to a better understanding of something that shapes and forms our existence as people, history.  You're coming  here with comments, recommendations for future trolls, participation in the contests, and as an interested observer is tremendously appreciated and absolutely vital to this whole thing working. 

Together, we can help each other take our understanding of history into fun and more enlightening territory.  Every Sunday I'll be getting things rolling with trolls designed to rev up critical thinking and drive entertaining  participation. The goal is an internet “marketplace of ideas” where we can have a good time learning from the beautiful idiosyncratic nature of historical truth. Please keep it cool and respectful in the comments and, again, thanks for checking out History Troll and!!

Thank you

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first podcast and , thank you for giving History Troll a chance.  If you are wondering what I could possible butcher worse than Lee’s reputation look for future trollcasts on Vietnam, Obama, Reagan, Big Government,  Alexander Hamilton, Caesar, Benedict Arnold, Hannibal and more.  History like life, contains plenty of perspectives and if you are about different perspectives you will find em right here, so click in for future podasts of History Troll  Also, I’m well aware that there are very good arguments opposing these trolls so please use the comment section to shred my trolls with your own arguments.  Fair is fair, after all.  As you’ve listened this far I hope you had some fun and if that happened , Please check out my next trollcast: Without Benedict Arnold we’d have a Queen.

If you have any idea please hit up the Recommendations page for a link to pass your ideas on! 

Disclaimer, History Troll is not something you should quote in any kind of school paper or academic work.  The views expressed are trolls and are meant to be fun and sometimes they don’t even reflect the true views of the host.  This podcast does not seek to rewrite or overthink anything in a significant way  and almost no real diligence has been used in its creation.  It’s meant to be fun so listen for fun and I’ll see ya down the road. 

March 2018 Contests

For March 2018 History Troll is doing 3 contests...

1.  Best recommendation for a future troll.  Prizes:  Podcast shout out and the creation of a podcast based on your recommendation

2.  Best comment.  Showing some insight and sharing some knowledge is what we are all about!  Prize:  Podcast shout out, best comment read. 

3. Best troll of the troll.  If you say something that gets History Troll going, big time, you win.  Prize:  Podcast shout out and a bow in your general direction.