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17 April 2016


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Pawl Kane

Mr. Duncan- Massive fan. I've been all in since I found the show around Julius Caesar's episodes of the old show. Keep up the incredible work but enjoy your "break." -Pawl

bloody amateur

Congratulations, Mike Duncan, you just made me cry. I hope you're proud of yourself.


Thanks so very much for this, it is wonderful to hear Haitian history treated with respect. Looking forward to the adventures of Simon Bolivar.

Also, please consider doing the Revolution of 1848 sometime in the future.


I am a long-time listener (since THoR) and so should have known that you would approach Haiti's history with the excellence you've shown in every other project; I must admit that as person of Haitian descent, I was a bit nervous as to how the land of my ancestors would be handled by you. As I said, I should have known! Thank you for treating Haiti, its people, and its history with the respect it deserves.

I've never cried at the end of a podcast series before - not even THoR - but I did today.


I know that there is less violence and war today than there ever has been in history, yet it is hard to believe sometimes that progress is being made when so often those with power use it for their own benefit rather than the benefit of others. I can only hope for brighter days ahead for the people of Haiti, and for the rest of the world, and to keep believing in those who work for the betterment of everyone.

Thank you, Mike, for telling the story of Haiti and giving some color and nuance to my almost nonexistent knowledge of the country. I am really looking forward to your next installment


What a tragic country. May their future be better than the past. Great job as usual. As someone who grew up in Venezuela, I'm looking forward to Simon Bolivar.


Fantastic work. Thanks Mike, think that was my favourite series so far.


Mike, wow. Just wow. This is by far the most amazing episode to date. Thank you and looking forward to Simon Bolivar!


This has been my favourite Revolution series so far, having known nothing about Haiti apart from its present dire circumstances. So I found myself cheering on the people of Haiti from the first episode. Today my heart was breaking to hear such a long, virtually continuous saga of internal and external brutality and oppression. May the Haitians rise again and forge a brighter future. Thank you for your insights and sensitivity, for a brilliant history lesson and for fostering a greater awareness of Haiti and its people, past and present.


That was Awesome.


Thank you for all of your excellent podcasts. Thank you particularly for this outstanding series on the Haitian Revolution. And thank you for introducing me to the amazing General Smedley Butler, USMC. All-in-all he has to be one of the most remarkable characters that the United States has ever produced. I'm looking forward to the Mexican Revolution.

SD. Butler

Hi Mike.

I've been with you since the early days of THOR.

What was different about this was that I had never heard of any of the main actors, any of the main events. In my mind Haiti, was a poor country that had a slave revolt and an earthquake and boy was I ignorant.

The story you've told here was fantastic - and gosh what a story! - and I thought it absolutely fascinating to learn about right after the French Revolution.

Thanks again. I think you've gone from doing interesting work to doing interesting and important work.

SD. Butler

Oh and also, as a challenge, I hereby decree that the final episode of every revolution from here on out must contain a link to major league baseball

Habib Fanny

Duuuuuuuuuude, you are the freaking man!!!

Very well done, once again. You have real talent, you know? There's nothing quite like what you do, anywhere else online. You can take a class on a topic, but usually, in the interest of time, many things will be left out. I feel like in terms a getting a comprehensive grasp on a subject, your content is the best thing available, period.

Very nicely done. I've read a biography of Bolivar in anticipation of Episode 5! I can't wait.

Michael Steward

Thanks once again for another great series. Your podcasts are what have always set the standard for me, and there are few that are even in the same league. You are the man.

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James Hook

Dear Mike,

Long time listener first time 'commentator' I wanted to echo the other feedback you have received here. I thought this episode is your finest work to date. I was generally moved by this story.

Looking forward to Mr Bolivar.


James Hook: South Australia.

Andy G.

I, too, have been around since roughly The Year of Four Emperors, with little comment but much admiration and appreciation for all you've done. I heartily echo the previous comments. Simply put, though, that was my favorite single podcast ever. I'm so grateful that you took the time to tell "the rest of the story." Thank you very much!

Chris M.

As with so many, I'm a listener since Romulus and Remus' story was told in THoR. This was the hardest history lesson to hear for its constant struggle and sadness of a people. It highlights to me just how precious and unusual the opportunities are for those who have been blessed with freedom and just how important it is for those with it to avoid abusing it. Those blessed greatly have great responsibility and yet, everyone remains human and imperfect.

Thank you for continuing to put a light on so that we can see. Best regards.


Fantastic job. I'm really looking forward to South America and, farther down the road, Mexico. I noticed Wilson's attitude towards the role of American business conglomerates in Haiti seemed to be quite different than what was going down in Mexico. I don't know if that could be due to Wilson possibly sharing the attitudes of the American occupiers that the Haitians were just savages, and so he just didn't care that they were being exploited. Unfortunately for Mexico, Wilson's defying big business came bundled with the patronizing declaration that he was going to teach Latin America how to elect good men. *facepalm*

I also realized that up until now the only thing I knew about Senator Sumner was the caning. And despite all I've read on Frederick Douglass, most of it is pre-Civil War and I know very little about what he did post-war. I really, really need to fix that.

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