Teaching Hard History: American Slavery
By Teaching Tolerance
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What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. From Teaching Tolerance and host Hasan Jeffries, Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators. It’s good advice for teachers, good information for everybody.
||CleanDrop Us A Line – Your Questions. Your Stories. Your Episode!||A listener’s question leads to a meaningful moment. And now we want more! Take a listen, then email email@example.com to tell us your story about teaching hard history for an upcoming, special episode.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConfronting Hard History at Montpelier||At James Madison’s Montpelier, the legacy of enslaved people isn’t silenced—and their descendants have a voice. Christian Cotz, Price Thomas and Dr. Patrice Preston Grimes explain how that happened, and why it’s important.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlavery in the Supreme Court – w/ Paul Finkelman||In the United States, justice was never blind. Historian Paul Finkelman goes beyond legal jargon to illustrate how slavery was entangled with the opinions of the Court—and encoded into the Constitution itself.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlavery in the Constitution – w/ Dr. Paul Finkelman||Constitutional historian Paul Finkelman explains the deeply racist bargains the founding fathers struck to unify the country under one document and discusses what students should know about how slavery defined the United States after the Revolution.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean(Bonus) Ten More … Film and the History of Slavery w/ Ron Briley||Film historian Ron Briley returns with more documentary, feature film & miniseries suggestions for history & English teachers. From Ken Burns to Black Panther, this episode offers background & strategies to incorporate pop culture...||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilm and the History of Slavery w/ Ron Briley||Film has long shaped our nation's historical memory, for good and bad. Film historian Ron Briley offers ways to responsibly use films in the classroom to reframe the typical narrative of American slavery and Reconstruction.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiverse Experience of the Enslaved w/ Deirdre Cooper Owens||Most students leave school thinking enslaved people lived like characters in Gone with the Wind. Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens reveals the remarkable diversity of lived experiences within slavery and explains the gap between what scholars and students know.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResistance Means More Than Rebellion – w/ Kenneth S. Greenberg||To see a more complete picture of the experience of enslaved people, you have to redefine resistance, Dr. Kenneth S. Greenberg offers teachers a lens to help students see the ways in which enslaved people fought back against the brutality of slavery.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn the Footsteps of Others: Process Drama – w/ Lindsay Randall||Students learning about slavery often ask, “Why didn’t enslaved people just run away or revolt?” Lindsay Anne Randall offers a lesson in “Process Drama”—a method teachers can use to answer this question, build empathy and offer perspective.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing With Things As They Are: Creating a Classroom Environment – w/ Steven Thurston Oliver||In many ways, the U.S. has fallen short of its ideals. How can we explain this to students—particularly in the context of discussing slavery? Professor Steven Thurston Oliver has this advice for teachers: Face your fears.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlavery & the Northern Economy – w/ Christy Clark Pujara||When we think of slavery as a strictly Southern institution, we perpetuate a “dangerous fiction,” according to Professor Christy Clark-Pujara. Avoid the trap with this episode about the role the North played in perpetuating slavery and the truth...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlavery & the Civil War, Part 2 – w/ Dr. Bethany Jay||Dr. Bethany Jay is back to talk about teaching the end of the Civil War, and how enslaved people’s participation in the war helped subvert the institution of slavery.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSlavery & the Civil War, Part 1 – w/ Dr. Bethany Jay||What really caused the Civil War? In this episode, Salem State University Professor Bethany Jay offers tips for teaching lesser-known history that clarifies this question and cuts through our cloudy national understanding of the Confederacy.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great resources for teachers!!
I've already listened to all three that have been posted. These are fantastic resources--full of great information and useful teaching ideas. Thanks!
I just listened to the first episode and it was extremely well-done and informative. I teach 8th grade and just this episode includes several tips for teaching the material in class. Every teacher of U.S. history should listen to this! I’ve already downloaded the framework put out by teaching tolerance, and I’ll be downloading the primary source docs and sample lessons as well. I’m looking forward to continuing to refresh my own knowledge so that I can more effectively teach about slavery in my classes. Thank you for this important podcast!
Thank you for creating this great resource. Very helpful across the board.
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