It’s Constitution Day, and we are celebrating with a roundtable discussion of elections, protests, and the transfer of political power in the context of the Constitution of the United States by a panel of historians including Natalie Sweet, Ryan Tripp, and Joel Tscherne. Associate Dean Robert Denning hosts the presentation. Listeners can access this presentation, and Constitution Day podcasts from previous years, on the Working Historians Podbean page, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and any other podcast app. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization. It is normally observed Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.
Joe Flickinger teaches high school history outside Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the Vice President of the Green Township Historical Association. In this episode, Rob, Jimmy, and Joe discuss how to research and write local history, with examples from Joe’s writings on the Bridgetown Cemetery, suburbanization in Colerain Township, and the bicentennial of Green Township.
Joe Flickinger, A History of Bridgetown Cemetery: Quietly Serving Cincinnati’s Western Hills for over 50 Years (Berwyn Heights, MD: Heritage Books, 2021) - recommended by Rob
Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (New York: Penguin Random House, 2020) - recommended by Joe Flickinger
Rachel Wolgemuth, Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) - recommended by Joe Flickinger
Gideon Defoe, An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell Off the Map (New York: Europa Editions, 2021) - recommended by Rob
All the Streets are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding, 1987-1997, Jeremy Elkins, dir. (2021) - recommended by Jimmy
Encore presentation (and therefore outdated in just about every way): Jennifer Bryant is an instructor at SNHU and a preservation compliance officer with the Colorado State Historical Preservation Office. In this conversation, we talk about some aspects of the history of the American West, blindspots in history regarding violence against minority groups, and her career as a volunteer and professional agent for historic preservation.
Jennifer Bryant appeared in our third episode back in 2017, and in this episode Jimmy and Rob catch up with Jen to discuss her new job and then wander down a variety of historical footpaths to discuss environmental history, the American West, historical memory, and the future history to be written about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Bob Irvine teaches history in the Master of Arts in History program at SNHU and is a consultant for Parc Resources in Oregon. In this episode, Dr. Irvine talks about his research and teaching interests, water reclamation projects in Kansas during the twentieth century, and the historical skills he uses in his job as a consultant.
Bob Irvine teaches history in the Master of Arts program at Southern New Hampshire and is a consultant for Parc Resources in Eastern Oregon. In this episode we discuss what Bob has been up to since his last interview in 2017, including new projects in collaboration with Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest.
Christopher Kline, an instructor and Learning Community Facilitator for Southern New Hampshire University, discusses his research and teaching interests, why the Whiskey Rebellion broke out in post-Revolutionary Pennsylvania, the evolution of his career, and advice for students looking to break into careers in history. Professor Kline has worked as a history tutor, a member of a museum board, and an adjunct instructor at community colleges and universities.
Where Are They Now: Chris Kline - Senior Manager of General Education Evaluation Faculty, Western Governors University
Chris Kline is the Senior Manager for General Education at Western Governors University. In this episode, Rob, Jimmy, and Chris discuss Chris’s decision to start a doctoral program, the online student experience, the real estate market, the changing work habits that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, the January 6 Insurrection, the need for better education in source analysis and critical thinking, and the lessons we learned about the American government after the 2020 election and the insurrection
Kate Schaefer teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Kate discusses her research into female spies during the Irish Rebellion of 1916 and World War II. And then there is some chatter about the Sisters of Mercy and the CIA’s suggestions for disrupting Zoom meetings, kinda.
This episode’s recommendations:
Sarah Rose, D-Day Girls: The Spies who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped win World War II (Penguin Random House, 2020): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538637/d-day-girls-by-sarah-rose/
Trevor Ristow, Waiting for Another War: A History of the Sisters of Mercy, Volume I: 1980-1985 (GWK, 2019): https://www.gkwfilmworks.com/sisters
Simple Sabotage Field Manual (Office of Strategic Services, 1944), available at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/26184/page-images/26184-images.pdf
Season 1 lasted for four years, and then Rob put the podcast on hiatus because, I dunno, pandemic? Exhaustion? While searching for the meaning of life, he found his old chum Jimmy Fennessy on a remote mountaintop and the two decided to get the band back together and work on Season 2 of Working Historians, which will be bigger and better than ever before! There’s even a website now. In this episode you get a brief teaser of what you can expect from Season 2, however long that one may last.
The Working Historians podcast is switching its hosting site from Soundcloud to Podbean, so Soundcloud subscribers should consider re-subscribing through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or any of the other dozens of podcast apps out there. In this episode, Rob provides a teaser for upcoming changes to the podcast (including a new website).
Dr. Peter Milich is a historian who specializes in Russian, Soviet, and Eastern European history. As a witness to the collapse of modern nations like the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, Rob and Pete discuss the state of modern international affairs.
This episode’s recommendations: Alfred McCoy, “The Rise and Decline of US Global Power” (October 25, 2017), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GygmGSwvcI Dominic Lieven, “The Tsar Liberates Europe? Russia against Napoleon, 1807-1914” (October 8, 2009), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzElqomAATI Daniel Junge and Steven Leckart, dirs., “Challenger: The Final Flight” (2020), https://www.netflix.com/title/81012137
Dr. Paul McKenzie-Jones teaches history, focusing on political activism among Native Americans and other indigenous peoples around the world.
This episode’s recommendations: Nick Estes, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Resistance of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019), https://soundcloud.com/user-399142700/cassandra-clark-public-historian-state-of-utah-and-adjunct-instructor Susan Sleeper-Smith, Juliana Barr, Jean M. O’Brien, Nancy Shoemaker, and Scott Manning Stevens, eds., Why you Can’t Teach United States History without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), https://uncpress.org/book/9781469621203/why-you-cant-teach-united-states-history-without-american-indians/ Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (W.W. Norton, 1987), https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393304978
Dr. Cassandra Clark teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and Salt Lake Community College and is a public historian with the State of Utah’s Department of Heritage and Arts. In this episode, we will discuss Dr. Clark’s academic and professional background, her work with the State of Utah, and her research on the history of insanity and the environment in the American West, with discussions of eugenics, phrenology, and the changing scientific understanding of how the human brain works.
Recommendations Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Salt Lake West Side Stories: https://newnationproject.utah.gov/salt-lake-west-side-stories/ Denver Public Library, “When the KKK Ruled Colorado: Not So Long Ago,” https://history.denverlibrary.org/news/when-kkk-ruled-colorado-not-so-long-ago Janet Miron, Prisons, Asylums, and the Public: Institutional Visiting in the Nineteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2011), https://utorontopress.com/us/prisons-asylums-and-the-public-4 Carla Yanni, The Architecture of Madness (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-architecture-of-madness Timothy Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name (Penguin Random House, 2004), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/181459/blood-done-sign-my-name-by-timothy-b-tyson/
Dr. Guy Ruoff teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and is Town Supervisor for Scott, New York. In this episode, Guy talks to Rob about his academic and professional background, his present and future political career, and the importance of historical knowledge in the political sphere.
This episode’s recommendations: The Memory Palace podcast: https://www.prx.org/memory-palace/?gclid=CjwKCAiA7939BRBMEiwA-hX5J-QrMyhtslsmIXC6xsvyk-9w1DAfKaYkcdra6-w-7losaludcCtFDBoC-e8QAvD_BwE
Deirdre Lannon teaches history at Texas State University. In this episode, Deirdre discusses her academic and professional background (including her time fronting a rockabilly band!) and her dissertation research topic, Ruth Reynolds and her role in the fight for Puerto Rican independence.
Scott Black teaches history at numerous colleges and universities, including Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Scott talks about his academic and professional background, his career teaching history, and the challenges and rewards of writing historical fiction.
This episode’s recommendations: Sabaton: https://www.sabaton.net/ Various Authors, The American Yawp: https://www.americanyawp.com/
Karen Sieber is a Humanities Specialist for the Clement and Laura McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine. In this episode we discuss her academic and professional background, the major public history research projects with which she has been affiliated, her work at the Humanities Center, and our history-related recommendations
Recommendations: Visualizing the Red Summer http://visualizingtheredsummer.com/ Goin’ North: https://goinnorth.org/ Chicago Defender:https://www.chicagodefenderarchives.org/ African-American Civil War Soldiers Project: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/usct/african-american-civil-war-soldiers Monroe Work Today: https://plaintalkhistory.com/monroeandflorencework/ Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: https://snccdigital.org/ Charleston Syllabus: https://www.aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/ Christopher Tomlins, In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History (Princeton University Press, 2020), https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691198668/in-the-matter-of-nat-turner Rob’s interview with Christopher Tomlins for the New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/christopher-tomlins-in-the-matter-of-nat-turner-a-speculative-history-princeton-up-2020/
Adam Lehman is Assistant Professor of History at Guilford Technical Community College. In this episode we discuss his academic and professional background and his research into the missed privateering opportunities of the War of 1812.
This episode’s recommendations: Jeff Kinard, “Lectures in History: Civil War Weaponry,” C-Span, https://www.c-span.org/video/?465611-1/civil-war-weaponry Footnoting History Teaching Guide: https://www.footnotinghistory.com/teach.html
It’s Constitution Day! This presentation will include a roundtable discussion of the origins of the Constitution, some of its provisions, and its influence on modern life in the United States by a panel of historians and political scientists, including Michael Gattis, Harley Hall, Robbin Mellen, Jeremy Pedigo, and Brigitte Powell. Associate Dean Robert Denning hosts the presentation. Listeners can access the podcast on the Working Historians Podbean page, workinghistorians.com, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and any other podcast app. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens by birth of naturalization. It is normally observed Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.
Shenetha Solomon is a historical consultant, a doctoral student, and an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss her academic and professional background, and we focus on her research into the history of the town of Taft, Oklahoma, and her family’s connections to the town.
This episode’s recommendations: Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, From Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Penguin Random House, 2017): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538529/the-price-for-their-pound-of-flesh-by-daina-ramey-berry/ Jamie Goodall, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (History Press, 2020): https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467141161 Rob’s New Books Network interview with Jamie Goodall about Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: https://newbooksnetwork.com/jamie-l-h-goodall-pirates-of-the-chesapeake-bay-from-the-colonial-era-to-the-oyster-wars-the-history-press-2020/
Victoria Miller presents “From Nails to Rails: A Museological Case Study of the Steelworkers Center of the West” and Claudia Ankrah presents “Visibilization in Public History Institutions: The Socio-Political Role of Museums.” Supreo Chanda moderates.
Susie Chung provides opening remarks, Vedet Coleman-Robinson presents “The Importance of Museums in Community Through a Virtual Lens,” and Patricia A. Banks presents “Cultural Philanthropy and Diversity in the 21st Century.”
Deborah Ziska presents “Museums of the Americas Facing Crises in the 21st Century: The Rise of Relevance and Community Empowerment” and Minnie Coonishish presents “Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Agents and Actants in a Regional Cultural Institute.” Luciana Menezes de Carvalho moderates.
Alyce Sadongei presents “Connectedness and Relationship: Foundations of Indigenous Ethics within the Tribal Museum Context” and Marion Bertin presents “Challenging Museums and Collections: Toward an Indigenous Ethics in the Pacific Islands. Michele Rivet moderates.
Robert Denning provides opening remarks, Bruno Brulon Soares presents “Theoretical Museology and Community Practice: A Post-Colonial Approach,” and Jessie Ryker-Crawford presents “Re-Adjusting Museum Theoretics (and Hence, Practice,) to Include Indigenous Community Needs and Values.”
Sarah Estee teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Rob and Sarah discuss the use of film as a teaching tool in history courses, and touch on some of the more notorious history-based films in recent decades (ahem, 300…).
This episode’s recommendations: Robert Rosenstone, History on Film/Film on History (Pearson, 2006) Disgraceland Podcast: https://www.disgracelandpod.com/ Noble Blood Podcast: http://noblebloodtales.com/ Hardcore History Podcast: AHA job report: https://www.historians.org/ahajobsreport2020
Dr. Gregory Robinson teaches history for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss his career teaching high school students, his research into Native American trickster gods and other aspects of mythology, his brief stint as a playwright, and the connections he has drawn between history and motorcycles.
This episode’s recommendations: Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (Harper Collins, 2015), https://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-peoples-history-of-the-united-states-howard-zinn Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Farrar, Strous, and Giroux, 2000), https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374111199 Gar Alperovitz, Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (Pluto Press, 1994), http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745309477/atomic-diplomacy/ Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., A Thousand Days: JFK in the White House (Houghton Mifflin, 1965) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Violence: America in the Sixties (New American Library, 1968) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., “Origins of the Cold War,” Foreign Affairs 46:1 (October 1967) Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Crisis of Confidence: Ideas, Power, and Violence in America (1969) Vikings (TV Show), https://www.history.com/shows/vikings New Books Network, https://newbooksnetwork.com/
Larry Tye is a journalist and the Director of Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps print, radio, TV, and online journalists and editors better cover health care issues. He also recently published Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy. In this episode, we discuss the book, Larry’s background, and his perspective on the state of journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Joe McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin, 2020): https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Demagogue/9781328959720 Health Coverage Fellowship: https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/programs/health-coverage-fellowship
Benjamin Carr teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Rob, James, and Ben discuss Joshua Norton, the first Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. It’s such a San Francisco story. This episode’s recommendations: Albert Dressler, Emperor Norton: LIfe and Experiences of a Notable Character in San Francisco, 1849-1880 (Sacramento: News Publishing Company, 1927), https://archive.org/details/emperornorton1927dres Neil Gaiman and Shawn McManus, “Three Septembers and a January,” The Sandman, vol. 2, no. 31 (October, 1991)
In this episode, Jeff Czarnec and Rob Denning belatedly introduce themselves, provide some background on the Policing a Free Society podcast, and attempt to define and preview many of the concepts that will pop up in future episodes of the series, including the changing interpretations of history and human behavior and the complexity of policing a free society.
Dr. Richard Driver is an Assistant Professor of History at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. In this episode, Richard discusses his research into twentieth-century musicians and his career teaching history.
This episode’s recommendations: Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2019), https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300244328/our-beloved-kin and https://ourbelovedkin.com/awikhigan/index Kenneth Womack, Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles (Cornell University Press, 2019), https://kennethwomack.com/books/beatlesbooks/solid-state-the-story-of-abbey-road-and-the-end-of-the-beatles/ Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 (Penguin Random House, 2019), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/605403/fault-lines-by-kevin-m-kruse/9780393357707 Song Exploder Podcast: http://songexploder.net/ Idiocracy
Rob Denning and James Fennessy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/WorkHistorians.
Rob, Jeff, and Jonathan talk about the militarization of police forces in recent decades, the goals of community leaders who call for “defunding the police,” and the cancellation of the “COPS” television series after nearly 30 years on the air.
In this first episode of “Policing a Free Society,” a series dedicated to the intersection of history and criminal justice, Dr. Rob Denning, Dr. Jeff Czarnec, and soon-to-be-Dr. Jonathan Wesley bring their backgrounds in history, criminal justice, philosophy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to bear on the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the public response to Floyd's death.
Scotty Edler is a student of history and political science and teaches for Southern New Hampshire University and community colleges in Texas. In this episode, Scotty talks about his pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Political Science, his historical research into Kaiser Wilhelm II and the second German Reich, the history of Mardi Gras, his experience with local and state politics, a potential project on political polling, and his college teaching career.
This episode’s recommendations: Walter Langer and Peter Stearns, eds., The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged, 6th ed. (Houghton Mifflin, 2001): https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-World-History-Medieval-Chronologically/dp/0395652375/ref=pd_lpo_14_img_0/146-0857733-3651140?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0395652375&pd_rd_r=49796635-9e8d-4f9b-a0bf-9abff15cb957&pd_rd_w=Ng3bd&pd_rd_wg=DWByh&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=B3J6TGBX6RZAR1VNSX23&psc=1&refRID=B3J6TGBX6RZAR1VNSX23
Chicago Manual of Style: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
Yale University’s Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/
Brigham Young University’s World War I Document Archive: https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/
The Bedford Series in History and Culture: https://www.macmillanlearning.com/college/us/discipline/History/The-Bedford-Series-in-History-%26-Culture/c/013200
Darrett Pullins teaches history for Southern New Hampshire University and for the University of Phoenix. In this episode we discuss his background, the use of photography in history, a bit about World War II, and the closure of the University of Phoenix’s physical campus in Detroit.
This episode’s recommendations: The works of William Manchester Ken Burns, dir., Country Music (PBS, 2019): https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/ American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History, The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook, https://inclusivehistorian.com/ J. Michael Straczynski, Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood (HarperCollins, 2019), https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062857842/becoming-superman/
Dr. Cherri Wemlinger teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, Dr. Wemlinger discusses her academic and professional background, her research process from start to finish, and her work on Ethiopian history.
Brent Bankus is the Program Manager for the U.S. Army Strategic Education Program at the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, we talk about Brent’s background, his work on state militias and state defense forces during the twentieth century, and his history-related career within the U.S. Army.
This episode’s recommendations: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center: https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu/ Dana Goldstein, “American History Textbooks Can Differ Across the Country, In Ways That are Shaded by Partisan Politics,” New York Times, January 12, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html
Dr. Kate Buchanan is the office manager for an immigration law firm in Bellingham, Washington. In this episode we discuss Kate’s academic and professional background, her work on the relationship between Scottish castles and their physical environment, the importance of proper formatting and citations, and the cozy relationship between the study of history and the study of law. And there’s an utterly repulsive story about Alice Cooper at the end.
This episode’s recommendations: History Scotland: https://www.historyscotland.com/ The Presidio of San Francisco: https://www.presidio.gov/ Drew Fortune, No Encore: Musicians Reveal their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs (Simon & Schuster, 2019), https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/No-Encore!/Drew-Fortune/9781642930849
Dr. Matthew Campbell is the Social Studies Curriculum Coach for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas and an adjunct instructor for SNHU and other institutions. In this episode, Matt discusses his academic research into Southerners’ popular memory of slavery after the Civil War and how we teach history in America’s classrooms.
This episode’s recommendations: James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 2nd ed. (The New Press, 2018), https://thenewpress.com/books/lies-my-teacher-told-me Freedom on the Move; https://freedomonthemove.org/index.html
Dr. Don Shaffer teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University and other institutions. In this episode, we discuss Dr. Shaffer’s research into black veterans of the Civil War and his life as a professor for online history courses.
This episode’s recommendations: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Penguin Random House, 1991): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/181591/a-midwifes-tale-by-laurel-thatcher-ulrich/ W. W. Norton’s “What Can I Do With a History Degree?” Infographic: https://cdn.wwnorton.com/marketing/college/images/History_HistoryCareersPoster_Q-441.jpg Donald R. Shaffer, After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kansas, 2004): https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1328-1.html
Matthew Avitabile teaches history at Southern New Hampshire University, is publisher of the Mountain Eagle newspaper, and mayor of Middleburgh, New York. In this episode, Matt discusses his background, his research into European history after World War II and British involvement with the Korean War, and the historical skills that he employs in his careers in journalism and public office.
This episode’s recommendations: Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich (New York: Penguin Random House, 2005), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292754/the-coming-of-the-third-reich-by-richard-j-evans/9780143034698/ Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich in Power (New York: Penguin Random House, 2006), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292756/the-third-reich-in-power-by-richard-j-evans/ Richard J. Evans, The Third Reich at War (New York: Penguin Random House, 2010), https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292755/the-third-reich-at-war-by-richard-j-evans/9780143116714/ William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, 50th anniversary ed. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011), https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-the-Third-Reich/William-L-Shirer/9781451642599 Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire A History of the Greater United States (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374172145
Dr. Matthew Schandler is an adjunct instructor in history at Southern New Hampshire University and other institutions. In this episode, we discuss Matt’s academic and professional background, with a focus on his work on the early days of the videogame industry.
This episode’s recommendations: Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greg de Peuter, Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/games-of-empire Historical videogames, good and bad. Some good, some really bad.
Abigail Pfeiffer is the Course Lead for US History at Western Governors University, the Executive Director of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and an adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode, we discuss her academic and professional background, her research on prisoners of war during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, her development of the Vietnam War Digital History Project, and her teaching career.
This episode’s recommendations: Vietnam War Digital History Project: http://www.vwdhp.org/ Joanne B. Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2018): https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374154776 Truong Nhu Tang, David Chanoff, and Doan Van Toai, A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath (Vintage Books, 1986): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/176408/a-vietcong-memoir-by-truong-nhu-tang-former-minister-of-justice-with-david-chanoff-and-doan-van-toai/ Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2012): https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469628356/hanois-war/ Rob’s review of Hanoi’s War for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (April, 2013): https://origins.osu.edu/review/hanoi-central
Wherein we take a break from our normal interview podcasts for a breaking news announcement on a sequel to 2018’s symposium on the definition of museums. Here Rob describes the upcoming symposium on “Theoretical Museology in U.S. and Tribal Contexts,” an online meeting of the minds in conjunction with the International Committee for Museology, the International Council on Museums, and the Association of African-American Museums. Presentation proposals are due February 28, and the symposium will be held on August 27 and 28, 2020. Click here for more information: https://spark.adobe.com/page/Xodh9D32c3KHE/.
Susan Keefer is a substitute teacher, assessment exam grader, and adjunct instructor for history at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we discuss Susan’s academic and professional background, the difference between regional history and national history, historiography, the value of pursuing a K-12 teaching credential, and the use of music in history courses.
This episode’s recommendations: Music! The Band, "The Weight" (from The Last Waltz), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCSzL5-SPHM Dead Moon, "54/40 or Fight", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPXSgpe0AVA Nirvana, "Rape Me," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TsqlT0rfJI They Might Be Giants, "James K. Polk," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSdgjP8os7U They Might Be Giants, "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFaRklAYanY
Dr. Jeffrey Ramsey is an academic adviser and an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. In this episode we talk about academic and professional background, his research into the introduction of Title IX in the Big 10 sports conference, and his work as a college instructor and academic adviser.
This episode’s recommendations: Michael Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World where Boys Become Men, updated (Harper, 2018), https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062885739/guyland/ New York Times 1619 podcast: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/podcasts/1619-slavery-anniversary.html
Chris Savio teaches history, criminal justice, and special education at the high school and college levels. In this episode we discuss his academic and professional background, his teaching interests, and his diverse teaching experiences.
This episode’s recommendations: Library of Congress American Memory Collection: https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/updatedList.html Elliott West, The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998), https://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1029-7.html
Dr. Susan Dawson is a military and diplomatic historian and is the Branch Chief Historian for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Customs and Border Protection. In this episode, Dr. Dawson discusses her academic and professional background, how to get started in a career as a historian in the federal government, and what life is like as a historian for a government agency.
This episode’s recommendations and links: Peter Jackson, dir., They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros., 2018), https://www.theyshallnotgrowold.film/ Society for History in the Federal Government: http://www.shfg.org/ Federal Government Job Application website: https://www.usajobs.gov/ And your local library!