American Origin Stories is a podcast about our journey discovering lost ancestry, identity, and cultural connection.
The first season of the show will discuss the question: Why is it difficult for Black Americans, who have been in the United States for generations, to trace their ancestry?
The short answer: slavery.
The peculiar institution turned people into property for the profit of individuals and the nation. What followed were generations of race-based oppression. And as a result, people with African ancestry must find creative means to trace their lineage to and through slavery. But, with modern technology, crowd-sourcing, and a better historical understanding, there are ways for Black Americans to substantially build their family trees.
Join us each week, on American Origin Stories, as we explore the process of tracing Black American ancestry and archiving neglected or untold history.
BLM 5 - A Life's Work
On this episode of American Origin Stories, the fifth in the BLM series, we acknowledge the power and toll of the current movement. With so much negativity in the news and seemingly all around us, we close out the season (for now) with a conversation with artist Azikiwe Mohammed about the work he does to find the beautiful common threads in the Black American experience. It seems to be his life's work to tell our American Stories past, present & future, with depth and beauty.
BLM 4 - An American Revolution (Un)Told
On this episode of American Origin Stories, we will discuss the often forgotten or overlooked stories of those who helped fight for American liberty & justice for all. We will discuss how current protests continue to uphold the work of our fore parents, and we will talk about what an equal future can look like.
BLM 3 - State Sanctioned Violence: Criminalizing Black Bodies
On this episode of American Origin Stories, the BLM episodes, we will focus on the history of criminalizing Black people in the U.S. and how this history morphed over time to allow state sanctioned violence through racially biased policing, imprisonment, and general criminal justice. With special guest attorney Heather Brown, we explore the impact of prejudice on Black American communities. Full shownotes at AmericanOriginStories.com
BLM 2 - American Violence: The Invisible Hands of Racism
To paraphrase James Baldwin, the story of violence against Black Americans IS the story of America. And it is our collective history. in order to effect real, lasting change we must confront it completely and understand the details of that history. So on this episode we will discuss the origins of American violence against the Black community. Warning: this may be triggering to some listeners given past trauma. But for everyone else, I urge you to confront this ugly past.
BLM 1: Trapped in History - In Sickness & Health
Black Lives Matter - today and always. So, the regular season of AOS is paused as we explore the history embedded in the American fabric that have lead to the uprising of Black Americans and their allies. This episode we discuss disease and the legacy of Black Americans being disproportionately hit in such a crisis - Yellow Fever, 1918 Pandemic, and more. Dr. Kathryn Olivarius joins with voices from the black community. Let's get started.
Full notes at AmericanOriginStories.com
Know Your Resources: Genetics, Genealogy, & the Language of DNA Pt2
When tracing your ancestry it's important to know your resources. If you are going to have your genetic data analyzed for genealogical purposes, you should consider the history of medical testing, and research the specific tests available--including how they analyze your sample, how they will deliver your results, and what they may do with your information in the future. AmericanOriginStories.com for full notes!
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Everyone should listen to this podcast! I’ve learned so much. This is the stuff that should be in our history books.
Wow. Simply riveting. I love how in the beginning the episodes were about finding yourself and finding your history, your story. They delved into slavery somewhat because that is a part of everyone’s history’ and not spoke
About enough. But I love how the episodes now pertain to the movement that is happening right now in the streets. The Fourth of July episode blew my mind. I kept thinking if only this young woman was teaching this to our children. The next generation would be thoroughly prepared and educated. Bravo bravo. Can’t wait for more.
A must listen
Very important topics to explore and examine. Our personal, family and country’s history helps us to understand who we are as a society and helps us move forward together!! Thank you for this important work!