Episode #9 Digital History and the Civil War Governors Project with Patrick Lewis

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-5-55-06-amDo you get excited when you hear someone talking about digital history? Because I do. Those of us in the humanities with an eye to the future love this stuff. So I am particularly stoked to talk digital with Patrick Lewis,  author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War – and director of The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Project. What Patrick is doing (take note…other state archivists) is some of the most innovative work in the digital humanities that I know of. And he gives us the full run down.

We discuss:

  • Digital history and how it is useful
  • A historical “social network”
  • The place in digital humanities for early career historians
  • How to use the documentary project’s user guides

Listen and learn – this is great stuff! Patrick and I talk also talk about Cohen Brothers movies, he gives some great advice for students of history, and notes the value of Mark Mazower’s Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44. Nothing to so with the Civil War…but hey – it’s good to have a little variance in your life, yes? Make sure to check out Patrick on Twitter – Peace.

 

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Episode #8 Thomas Dixon: The Apostle of Hate with Lynn Lyerly

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-5-33-30-amMost of us are familiar with the controversial 1915 silent film, The Birth of a Nation, known especially for its depiction of the creation of the Reconstruction Era Ku Klux Klan. To make the film, director D. W. Griffith turned to a historical romance: Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman. Today we talk with historian Lynn Lyerly about Dixon, his particularly vehement racism, and the propaganda that served as the cornerstone for the modern incarnation of paramilitary hate groups. Lynn is the co-editor (with Bethany Jay) of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, which is a must for any teacher of US History, and she is currently working on a book on Thomas Dixon: The Apostle of Hate. Today we look at the man himself…

We discuss

  • Why it is so important to understand Dixon’s racism
  • His significance in terms of literary culture
  • Racism and American heritage
  • His intentional work as a racial propagandist
  • Judging historical actors from a 21st century perspective

Lynn has a great movie recommendation that I have moved to the top of my list, and she offers excellent advice for students of history. I always ask my guests to suggest a must-read book. Lynn say to check out Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan During Reconstruction by Elaine Frantz Parsons…so you had better get to it! Lynn has lots to say on Twitter – so follow her there. Enjoy the show!

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