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Description: What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars, educators, and your host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. It’s good advice for teachers, good information for everybody.

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery Teaching Tolerance

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Description: What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars, educators, and your host Hasan Kwame Jeffries. It’s good advice for teachers, good information for everybody.

    Hard History in Hard Times – Talking With Teachers

    Hard History in Hard Times – Talking With Teachers

    In this special call-in episode, listeners share their stories and questions from throughout season 2—including teaching remotely, working with families and stakeholders, and incorporating social justice into subjects like math and science. As educators, we’re strongest when we support each other. And you’ll hear great suggestions from fellow teachers, like resources from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. And of course, you'll find more resources, links and a transcript on our website. 

    • 57 min
    Call Us! (by Sunday, April 19)

    Call Us! (by Sunday, April 19)

    It’s time for our first call-in show! We know things are chaotic for you and every other educator right now. We feel it too, so this seems like the perfect time to talk. Pick up the phone and dial 888-59-STORY (888-597-8679). Our lines are open until Sunday night, April 19. Teaching hard history is even harder right now, so let’s talk about resources you can use if you’re teaching virtually. Ask us your questions; tell us your stories. And let us know how you’re doing.

    • 10 min
    Inseparable Separations: Slavery and Indian Removal

    Inseparable Separations: Slavery and Indian Removal

    Indian Removal was a brutal and complicated effort that textbooks often simplify. It is also inseparably related to slavery. Enslavers seeking profit drove demand for Indigenous lands, displacing hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people. Some of these Indigenous people participated in chattel slavery. Focusing on the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, this episode pulls the lens back to show how Removal and enslavement must be taught together too fully understand the hard history of American enslavement.

    • 59 min
    Slave Codes, Liberty Suits and the Charter Generation – w/ Margaret Newell

    Slave Codes, Liberty Suits and the Charter Generation – w/ Margaret Newell

    The Americas were built on the lands, labor and lives of Indigenous peoples. Despite being erased from history textbooks after the so-called first Thanksgiving, Indigenous peoples did not disappear. Colonial settlers relied on the cooperation, exploitation and forced labor of their Native neighbors to survive and thrive in what became North America. Focusing on New England, historian Margaret Newell introduces us to the Charter Generation of systematically enslaved people across this continent.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Using the WPA Slave Narratives – w/ Cynthia Lynn Lyerly

    Using the WPA Slave Narratives – w/ Cynthia Lynn Lyerly

    From 1936 to 1938, the Federal Writers’ Project collected stories from people who had been enslaved. The WPA Slave Narrative Collection at the Library of Congress is a valuable resource; these oral histories are also problematic. Interpreting these narratives within literary and historical context, students can develop primary source literacy. Historian Cynthia Lynn Lyerly outlines unique insights these texts can add to your curriculum.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Groundwork for Teaching Indigenous Enslavement – w/ the Turtle Island Social Studies Collective

    Groundwork for Teaching Indigenous Enslavement – w/ the Turtle Island Social Studies Collective

    To better understand the United States’ past and present, we need to better understand Indigenous identities—and our classrooms play a huge role. This starts with examining what’s missing from our social studies, history, civics and government curricula. Throughout this episode, we reference the K-5 Framework for Teaching Hard History as we shed light on key topics like sovereignty, land and erasure.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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