You know a bit about Al Swearengen if you've seen the HBO series "Deadwood," but the show skips his early life and his service in the Civil War (and so do most other accounts of his life). It's a story so long, convoluted and filled with illegalities that we needed two episodes to get into it. This installment looks at his life up until he got Deadwood and opened his infamous saloon. The next episode will cover the Deadwood years to death.
Holly did the research legwork on these two episodes. Here's an overview:
- The Battle at Helena
- Sioux Treaty of 1868
- Deadwood Magazine: Meet Al Swearingen
- A Deadwood Gem: AL SWEARINGEN
- Adams Museum: Al Swearengen and the Gem Theatre
- Deadwood, S.D. Revealed: Al Swearengen
- OLD WEST LEGENDS: Al Swearengen & the Notorious Gem Theater
- Roster and Record of Iowa Troops In the Rebellion, Vol. 5
Here's a link to the episode: The Real Al Swearengen, Part 1
You can listen to Stuff You Missed in History Class via iTunes, Stitcher or the Stuff You Missed in History Class RSS feed. Follow us on Twitter at @missedinhistory, and you can keep up with us on the official Stuff You Missed in History Class Facebook page.