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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