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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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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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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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