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A topic close to my heart! Today I'm taking a look at the historical accuracy of fishing in Red Dead Online. Special thanks to John Stephenson over at Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques for the research assistance! For this week's topic I've dug into American and British newspaper archives from the 1800s, as well as the 1898 Sears & Roebucks catalog, government documents and a variety of vintage books- in particular, 'Book of the Black Bass' by James Henshel.
Topics include: Historical fishing rod materials; Historical accuracy of collapsible rods; Cost of rod, reel, and rigged line; Accuracy of lures; Cost of lures; Analysis of historical fish prices compared to RDO; Casting animation oversights; Reel oversights; Reflection on RDO's fishing experience.
I made an entire series on the historical accuracy of things in Red Dead Online, so be sure to check out the entire playlist: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRs7bArNhJ9-8ry_BEqmKSQ/playlists
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Man vs History is a YouTube channel that endeavors to combine both education and entertainment, specifically related to history. While the focus of the channel will expand beyond analyzing the historical accuracy of Red Dead Online, for the time being, there's still more quality videos to come on the topic.
For the past decade I've been history professor at the college level. The knowledge and skills I acquired through my educational journey and profession are put to work in the creation of these videos, allowing me to locate rare primary source materials, analyze them carefully, and coherently deliver the content in an entertaining and educational manner. For each one I conduct an immense amount of research, scouring American and British archives, books, and scholarly journal articles. Gratefully, my profession also grants me access to a network of historical experts & specialists including authors, university professors, and museum curators. I hope you enjoy the end result!
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