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About amerikanrambler

Amerikan Rambler is a Virginia-based blog and podcast hosted by Colin Woodward. Colin is a historian, author, and amateur musician, who works in the archives full-time. Author of Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, he is now writing a book on the historical, family, and musical roots of Johnny Cash.

Podcast 56: North Carolina

  After a 4th of July visit to North Carolina, Colin discusses being a “beach guy,” a visit to a record store in Wilmington, and the logic behind people who fly both Confederate and United States flags. He concludes with … Continue reading

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Podcast 55: Dr. Michael Caires

A California native, Mike Caires got his Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia, where he studied under Gary Gallagher. For the past year, he worked at the American Civil War Museum in downtown Richmond. Mike has a book … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal: Why We Need to Split Up the United States

  Let’s face it, the country is just too darn big. Once again, a presidential election has shown that the country votes on regional lines. The Northeast, Mid West, and West Coast go Democratic. The rest of the country goes … Continue reading

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100 Reasons Why It Didn’t Start with Trump

  Well, here we are. Six months. The Republic still holds, for now. The madness didn’t start with Trump. There are at least 62 million reasons why we are here. Here are a few more. It started with: The Tea … Continue reading

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Podcast 54: Charles Bukowski

Recovering from a move to Richmond, Colin does another solo podcast, this time on Henry Charles Bukowski, the notorious Los Angeles skid row writer and poet. Colin talks about an ironic Bukowski-related Boston trip, getting to know “Hank” as a … Continue reading

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Podcast 53: Jean Violet of Kashmir

Jean Violet, the lead singer of the band Kashmir, has been performing Led Zeppelin songs for a long time. In his talk with Colin, Jean talks about where he’s from, how the band got started, and what his nephew’s band … Continue reading

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Podcast 52: Bun, Hawk, and a Farewell to the CB!

In their last porch talk (for a while anyway), Colin and Sydney (aka Bun and Hawk) recap their unusual experiences in Colonial Beach, Virginia. With a move to Richmond coming up, the two take time to talk about a foul-mouthed … Continue reading

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