Episode #12 The Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill

There is reallimg_7806y no way that we, as Americans in the 21st century, will ever know what it was really like to experience what slaves did in the Ante-Bellum South. However, we can get closer to understanding it – archival research is a good start. But, as Joe McGill illustrates, the actual slave dwellings, many of which are still standing, offer a great deal of the story – and engaging with the physical artifacts can only add to our understanding. In this episode, Joe explains his Slave Dwelling Project – an effort to educate about the realities of slavery and his campaign to save the places where slaves lived their lives. Joe is also a living historian – recreating a soldier from the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. We talk a great deal about Black men in the Civil War – both North and South.  So if you think about it, this is two-for-one episode. Enjoy!!

We discuss:

  • What Joe expected to find when he embarked on this project
  • The unexpected…and there is always something unexpected…
  • Public reaction to his work
  • The educational opportunities with the project
  • The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and working as a living historian
  • Critics who feel that reenacting glamorizes or trivializes warfare

Joe suggests (and I agree) that we all go out and see The Free State of Jones, he has some great advice for students of history and recommends The Diary of Anne Frank – seeing parallels here with his own work. Please be sure and visit The Slave Dwelling Project online – from there you can find out more about special events and educational opportunities.

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Episode #11 Low Country Africana with Toni Carrier

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Toni is a historian and genealogist who is doing some outstanding work researching the lives of slaves and former slaves in the so-called Low Country. If you do not know where that is then you need to listen – like right now. I am really happy to finally get to talk with Toni about how she connects people with their ancestors AND all of the things she is doing with African American public history. Public history is where it’s at, y’all…so pay attention 🙂

We discuss:

  • The ins and out of what we call the “Lowcountry”
  • The inspiration behind the Lowcountry Africana website
  • Students of African American history
  • Social Media
  • USCT veterans
  • Public history

Toni recommends that we all read Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball AND she offers some great advice for students too…listen up!!

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Episode #10 Teaching with Passion with Amy Rebecca Jacobs

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If you are in the midst of earning an advanced degree in the humanities and are scared shitless because the job market has plummeted  at least twelve notches below abysmal…you should listen to this. Amy and I went to grad school together – and as we approached career prospects in different ways, we both landed at private secondary schools…yes, we are high school history teachers. And so I thought I would ask her on the show to bat around some ideas of how we wound up where we did.

Amy offers a lot of insight into how this path might be a plan A for those in Ph.D. programs. Her passion for what she does here really shows through. There is quite a lot to be said for fulfillment and happiness when it comes to what we do. Listen up – you might get some ideas.

We discuss:

  • Alternate career paths for history Ph.Ds
  • The unique experiences teaching in secondary education/ private schools
  • The inherent values associated with these positions
  • Happiness, fulfillment, and making a difference (yes, it happens)

Amy has a lot of great advice for students, notes the importance of films such as Twelve Years a Slave and recommends what will surely be a fascinating read (it’s on my list): Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World by Timothy Brook. You can find Amy on Instagram doing the Insta thing – so stop over and say hi.

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