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Chris Calton

Chris Calton is a 2018 Mises Institute Research Fellow and an economic historian. He is writer and host of the Historical Controversies podcast.

See also his YouTube channel here.

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Controlling Missouri, Part 2: This Means War

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Nathaniel Lyon declares war on the state of Missouri, and wages the first battle in the state.
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Controlling Missouri, Part 1: Nathaniel Lyon in St. Louis

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

Nathaniel Lyon, a notoriously harsh officer in the US army, is sent to St. Louis to ensure Missouri’s place in the Union.
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How Liberal Adoption Laws Helped Romania’s Orphans

HealthWorld HistoryValue and Exchange


People usually recoil at the idea of trading babies for money, but in the wake of Soviet deprivation, easy-adoption laws helped countless orphans in Romania.

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"Sweatshops" Are Like Lifeboats for the Poor — Don't Sink Them

Free MarketsGlobal EconomyLabor and Wages


The answer to why people continue to work in such deplorable conditions is pretty simple: they don’t have any other options.

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The First Battle of Bull Run, Part 6: Aftermath

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign Policy

In the North, the Union defeat at Bull Run changed everyone's perspective on the war. In the South, there were no celebrations for the costly victory.
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