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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.

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.
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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.

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English


Episodes

In the Elementary Classroom – w/ Kate Shuster, Marian Dingle, Bria Wright, Marvin Reed and Alice Mitchell

10/4/2019
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For elementary teachers approaching the topic of slavery, it can be tempting to focus only on heroes and avoid explaining oppression. But teachers’ omissions speak as loudly as what they choose to include. And what children learn in the early grades has broad consequences for the rest of their education. Dr. Kate Shuster guides us through the new Teaching Hard History K–5 framework from Teaching Tolerance. We also learn how four elementary teachers are beginning to use it in their...

Duration:01:27:20

Indigenous Enslavement: Part 2 – w/ Christina Snyder

9/20/2019
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Understanding Indigenous enslavement expands our conception of slavery in what is now the United States. It spread across the entire continent and affected millions of people of different backgrounds. If we define slavery too narrowly, we can fail to see its persistence over time and even its modern-day permutations. Historian Christina Snyder examines the Civil War, Lincoln and emancipation with Indigenous people in mind.

Duration:01:06:55

Indigenous Enslavement: Part 1 – w/ Christina Snyder

9/6/2019
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Millions of Indigenous people lived in North America before European colonial powers invaded. Along with an insatiable desire for free labor, Europeans brought systems of slavery that significantly differed from the historical practices of enslavement among Native nations. Historian Christina Snyder explains what happened when these worlds collided. European concepts of bondage transformed the way Native nations interacted, resulted in the enslavement and death of millions and sparked...

Duration:01:24:29

The Hidden History of American Slavery – w/ Maureen Costello, Eduardo Díaz and Renée Gokey

8/23/2019
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American slavery shaped our modern world and most certainly the foundation and development of what is now the United States. The Smithsonian’s Eduardo Díaz and Renée Gokey discuss the importance of learning about Indigenous enslavement. And Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello explains all of the program’s classroom resources available for teaching this history, including a first-of-its-kind K-5 framework.

Duration:01:28:19

Coming Soon: Season 2 of Teaching Hard History

8/13/2019
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We’re turning our attention to the enslavement of Indigenous people, spending more time with teachers in the classroom and adding support for K–5 educators. Tune in next week for more advice about teaching the history and long legacy of American slavery.

Duration:00:08:27

Wrap up: Questions from the Classroom – w/ Bethany Jay

2/14/2019
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Historian Bethany Jay returns – answering questions from educators across the country. Host Hasan Kwame Jeffries and the co-editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery confront teacher anxieties and counter misconceptions in our season finale. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:53:37

Young Adult Trade Books – w/ John H. Bickford

2/7/2019
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From elementary to high school, YA literature can introduce fundamental themes and information about slavery, especially when paired with primary sources. John H. Bickford shows how to capitalize on the strengths and weaknesses of trade books about slavery. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:57:36

Sample Lessons w/ Jordan Lanfair and Tamara Spears

1/23/2019
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Using the present to explore the past. Tamara Spears and Jordan Lanfair suggest a Social Studies unit about Resistance & Kanye West, and a set of English Language Arts lessons examining holidays to understand the legacy of American slavery. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:29:59

Classroom Experiences w/ Tamara Spears and Jordan Lanfair

1/15/2019
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How it’s done. Tamara Spears teaches middle school Social Studies in New York and Jordan Lanfair is a high school English Language Arts teacher in Chicago. Each has been developing additional lessons about slavery for years. They share their experiences. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:56:11

Coming Soon: Stories from the Classroom (and more)

1/14/2019
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Over the next few episodes, we're bringing Season One to a close. Tune in for stories from the classroom, guidance for elementary teachers and language arts classes. And answers to questions from listeners like you. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:03:41

Slavery Today w/ James Brewer Stewart

6/29/2018
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Enslavement didn’t end with Emancipation. Historian James Brewer Stewart discusses modern-day slavery happening across the world—and right here in the U.S. – showing educators how to connect the past with the present. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:01:10:03

Drop Us A Line – Your Questions. Your Stories. Your Episode!

6/4/2018
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A listener’s question leads to a meaningful moment. And now we want more! Take a listen, then email podcast@tolerance.org to tell us your story about teaching hard history for an upcoming, special episode. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:10:36

Confronting Hard History at Montpelier

5/29/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:01:14:26

Slavery in the Supreme Court – w/ Paul Finkelman

5/10/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:55:09

Slavery in the Constitution – w/ Dr. Paul Finkelman

4/26/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:41:23

Ten More … Film and the History of Slavery w/ Ron Briley

4/12/2018
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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 into classroom lessons. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:20:40

Film and the History of Slavery w/ Ron Briley

3/29/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:45:47

Diverse Experience of the Enslaved w/ Deirdre Cooper Owens

3/14/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:34:08

Resistance Means More Than Rebellion – w/ Kenneth S. Greenberg

3/1/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:01:06:09

In the Footsteps of Others: Process Drama – w/ Lindsay Randall

2/15/2018
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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. With host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. (Teaching Tolerance / Southern Poverty Law Center)

Duration:00:42:26