I 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.
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.
I 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.
What 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 🙂