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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Duration:00:41:23

(Bonus) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Duration:00:42:26

Dealing With Things As They Are: Creating a Classroom Environment – w/ Steven Thurston Oliver

1/31/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:44

Slavery & the Northern Economy – w/ Christy Clark Pujara

1/30/2018
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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 behind the phrase “slavery built the United States.”

Duration:00:32:29

Slavery & the Civil War, Part 2 – w/ Dr. Bethany Jay

1/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:29:01

Slavery & the Civil War, Part 1 – w/ Dr. Bethany Jay

1/29/2018
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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.

Duration:00:31:55