Episode #22 Wearing Gay History with Eric Gonzaba

eric 1Greetings all! This week we talk with George Mason University Ph.D. candidate Eric Gonzaba about his work with two absolutely fascinating digital archives: Wearing Gay History and the Rainbow History Project. If there has ever been a great case for exploring how textiles and other material culture can help us understand currents of history, this is it. We also get into Eric’s research on African American and Queer nightlife in the latter third of the 20th century. Great stuff…and I hope to welcome Eric back to the show soon.

We discuss:

  • The creation and continued growth of Wearing Gay History
  • LGBT communities and textiles
  • Diversity within communities
  • Digital history
  • His research project: Because the Night: Nightlife and Remaking the Gay Male World, 1970-2000

Eric has some really excellent advice for history students (which I follow myself) and suggests we all go right out and read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (that’s the second nomination for Capote this month…) and The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes. You’ll also want to check out Eric’s other project, the Trump Protest Archive, and shoot him a Tweet!

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Episode #21 Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority with Ellen Wu

ellen-photoI had so much fun talking with Ellen about this really fascinating topic. She fills me in on all kinds of things – the details of how Asians went from being reviled in the United States to emerging as the “model minority” post-WWII. Chinese exclusion? Japanese internment? Yup, we talk about all these things…so how is it, then, after decades of existing on the margins, did Asian Americans carve out their so-called “model” status? Welp, I guess you will have to listen to find out (hint: it’s a Cold War story).

We discuss:

  • Documentary evidence when studying Asian Americans in both the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Common experiences of Asian immigrants from different countries
  • The distinctions between Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries
  • Post WWII immigration of Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotians
  • The “Melting Pot of the Pacific”
  • Chinatown(s) as a curiosity

Ellen also has some great recommendations, advice for students, and we discuss an excellent book, most certainly worthy of your attention: To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Story of International Adoption by Arissa H. Oh. You can find Ellen on Twitter…so give her a follow and say hi 🙂

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Episode #20 Art as Iconoclast with Dara Vance

 

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Greetings citizens!! I am thrilled to have Dara on the show – she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Kentucky, former producer of the Long Story Short podcast, and a really really talented artist. We have some fun discussing the way Dara’s most recent art project dovetails with her work as a historian – and how it is the result of interactions with other historians on social media…challenging ideas of gender and diversity. We touch on some pretty non-traditional ideas about history and how we can present it in the classroom, AND get to why historians should analyze the significance of design elements in their primary sources. Good stuff! And really outside the box. So listen up.

We discuss:

  • A different approach to an advanced degree
  • The Sunshine State
  • Art challenging ideas of gender and diversity
  • Social Media (ummm…Twitter, especially) and scholarly interactions
  • Teaching historians how to analyze visuals IN primary sources

So check it y’all. Dara has some really great advice for history students at all levels of education…for real – words of wisdom. AND suggests we all go have a look at Oh Brother, Where Art Thou – the Cohen Brothers’ masterpiece. Finally, she offers three books that should be read in sequence, to get a feel for “southernness”, as it were: Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Timothy Tyson’s Blood Done Sign my Name. So you had better get to it. And…scroll down to check out some of Dara’s most recent digital work – and ponder the ideas we discuss on the show. And remember, be sure to follow Dara on Twitter and check out her blog Florida Superlative.

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Episode #19 Cocktails (and other stuff) with Maggie Yancey

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 6.43.10 AMHolla!!! We’re back!!! After a second semester hiatus I am very happy to return to the podcasting world with Maggie Yancey. Maggie is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Tennessee (her home state) and is finishing up her dissertation on Civil War era liquor and identity. As you might imagine, there is so much more to this than I had expected, and Maggie certainly fills me in. But we talk about so much other stuff…from yoga to comfort food to the state of academia. This is a must listen for history peeps and anyone who is thinking about life beyond a post graduate degree. We have some laughs on this one, and Maggie calls someone a dirty name…guess who…? (snicker)

We discuss:

  • Yoga (seriously…it’s good for body and soul)
  • Food and identity, especially regional
  • Booze. I mean.
  • The Civil War
  • What one might do besides pursuing the conventional academic job track

Maggie is currently building a website dedicated to her work as a historian, which will be ready for your perusal soon, and you can also find her on the usual social suspects, Twitter and Instagram. Head over to both of these right now and give here a follow…and remember to say hi from me 🙂 And you know what else is cool? Clearly she has good taste in movies – we had a great talk about Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, one of the most epic Lincoln movies out there. What’s more, Maggie reads things other than history books. I mean, we all should really – and she recommends that we check out Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It.

So – there you have it. It’s good to be back. Enjoy the episode 🙂

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Episode #18 Lady Balls Radio featuring Team Rad

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I lifted this straight from my wife’s podcast – Lady Balls Radio. She has a knack for finding (and interviewing) women who are doing really cool things. And on this episode, she speaks with Team RAD – a trio of women who are currently making a series called Soiled Doves, a story of three women in the 1880s American West. This episode not only gets into how these women came together to make the series, but also their efforts to challenge the gender stereotypes of the Old West.  You can get the story HERE.

The stars of Soiled Doves, Darby, Becca, and Verity think you would be pretty smart if you read Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter. You’ll learn something and be a real hit at parties when you impart your newfound knowledge.

Oh – and while you are at it, you should subscribe to Lady Balls Radio on iTunes. It’s like the best podcast ever.  Just ask anyone.

Watch the TEASER….It’s fantastic

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Episode #17 Old Timey Casting with Guy W. Gane

You aGuy Ganell know that I love fashion…I talk about it all the time on my various other social outlets (sometimes I even post a pic!). This is why I am happy to have Guy on the show. We have the love for fashion in common…and he also really digs historical style, both military and civilian…so much so that he has created a company that specializes in casting for television and film period pieces. His credits include everything from The Field of Lost Shoes to House of Cards. Cool right – listen up to find out how this whole thing works.

We discuss:

  • How Guy casts historical films and television shows
  • Some of his past work and what he has in production right now
  • Recreating authentic looks
  • Clothing research methodology
  • Military and civilian style over the centuries
  • Social media and how it enriches historical research

Guy has a number of Instagram accounts that he curates, which you can find HERE, HERE, and HERE. He is also on Facebook and if you really want to check out his work, visit the Old Time Casting web page.  One of my favorite parts of this show is the rapid fire segment, because we talk about The Godfather and one of our favorite books, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears. Trust me – this one is worth the time spent reading. And if you would rather listen to you book – you’ll want to check out my sponsor Audible for a FREE 30 day trial featuring tons of great audio books for your iPhone or whatever.

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Episode #16 Beyond the Irish Brigade with Damian Shiels

DamianOh yes…if you ever wanted to know  about the Irish in the United States during the 19th century I’ve got your guy. Archeologist and historian Damian Shiels has done a tremendous amount of work on Irish immigration and Irish involvement in the American Civil War. He is the author of The Irish in the American Civil War and most recently, The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America.

Seriously – it turns out there is a lot more to the Irish in 19th century American culture (and Irish throughout the world, for that matter) than the famous Irish Brigade. We touch on quite a bit of what they were doing – you’ll want to listen up to be sure.

We discuss:

  • Damian’s work as an archeologist (stay tuned for another show on this…)
  • Developing a comprehensive narrative of the emigrant experience through the use of pension records
  • The Irish commitment to the Union (and Confederate too) cause.
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • And of course…the Irish Brigade

You will be able to meet Damian in person in Washington DC at a book signing slated for March, 2017. For now you can connect with him on Twitter and on his blog, Irish in the American Civil War.

Listen to this show…I mean it. Damian has some great advice for students and recommends that we all read Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash. If you would like a free audio version of the book,  visit this show’s sponsor at Audible.

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Episode #15 Free Blacks and Radical Creoles with Alexis Hlavaty

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 11.16.32 AMI could talk about this stuff all day (well, I sort of do…) and so I am thrilled to offer this fascinating conversation with Alexis Hlavaty. I think most are unaware of how vibrant the free black community was in New Orleans during the antebellum years – and we talk about why these folks are relatively unknown today. We also get way into the radicals after the war in the Reconstruction period and all the way to the infamous Plessy case. Just for fun – and I won’t spoil it – but Alexis hits us with some straight up controversy right away (hint: neo-Confederates be warned…). So listen up. This is important stuff.

We discuss:

  • New Orleans and what fascinates us about this unique city
  • Why New Orleans’s antebellum free black population is often overlooked
  • The Sisters of the Holy family
  • Radical Creoles and the struggle for racial equality after the war
  • The historic case Plessy v. Ferguson

This was a great conversation – and – I found out that the Catholic sisters could talk a little smack. Who knew…Anyway, Alexis offers some very valuable advice for students and suggests we all go read The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice by Michael A. Ross. SO you had better get to it. And if you want to see what Alexis is up to, you can find her on Twitter.

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Episode #14 Teaching History Beyond the Classroom with Chris Lese

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 9.58.47 AMI love speaking with my fellow high school teachers – and I am thrilled to have such an inspiring educator on the show. Chris and I have collaborated in the past, and I am looking forward to some upcoming projects – we talk about those AND how he gets his students actively engaged both in and out of the classroom. You’ll want to listen especially to Chris’s experiences with a Rogue Historian alum – Joe McGill…kind of a once in a lifetime thing.

We discuss (among other things):

  • Technology and social media in the classroom
  • The performative aspects of teaching
  • Field trips!!!!
  • Teachers Regiment – Civil War and Memory on Facebook

Chris offers some great advice for students…and I know you are listening out there – so pay attention 🙂 And…one last thing. Chris recommends one of my all-time favorite books, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

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Episode #13 Teaching with Creativity with Lance Mosier

screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-3-21-13-pmWhat if the CSI crew were around to help bring John Wilkes Booth to justice? That’s what Lance Mosier has his 8th graders imagine…Seriously, if he had been my history teacher in middle school – I might have paid closer attention. In this episode, Lance and I talk shop about how we reach our students in creative ways – ways that help them engage with the history – Not. Just. Memorize. It. I mean, where is the fun in that? This show is a must for all teachers out there and those who are considering teacher middle or high school as a career. LISTEN!!! There’s great stuff here 🙂

We discuss:

  • Lance’s blog, Raiders of the Lost History Class
  • How kids engage history at a higher level with creative teaching
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Social media – the good and the bad
  • The Socrative Space Race Game
  • Performative aspects of teaching
  • Social Studies Chat #sschat and Teach Like a Pirate #tlap on Twitter

Lance has a well thought out movie recommendation and some excellent advice for history students, makes a call for those pursuing advanced degrees in the humanities to consider middle or high school teaching, and suggest we all read Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. So you had better get that one…it’s on my list for sure 🙂

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