May 29, 2016

The Rural Cemetery Movement

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Does your city have a big, sprawling cemetery - maybe one with ornate Victorian monuments and statuary? If it does, it was likely built during the rural cemetery movement of the early to mid nineteenth century, an effort to move places of burial away from the center of villages and to the park-like settings on the outskirts. What spurred this move? Join Elizabeth and Sarah as they talk grave iconography, disease epidemics, the commodification of death, and 'rural' cemeteries.

May 22, 2016

Race, Murder, and Protest in Buffalo, 1980.

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In the Fall of 1980, serial killer Joseph Christopher set out on a racially motivated killing spree in Buffalo, NY. His horrendous acts inspired the city to rally together in the name of peace and to publicly condemn Christopher's actions and his supporters. Join us as History Buffs Intern and Public History student Destiny Johnson frames an interview with Buffalo resident Ellie Dorrittie, who was there for it all.

May 22, 2016

The Bank War: Interview with Paul Kahan

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In The Bank War, Paul Kahan explores the struggle between Andrew Jackson and the federal banking system. As History Buff Dan notes in his intro to an interview with Kahan, the Bank War was as instrumental in shaping U.S. history as the American Civil War. And Kahan weighs in on the $20 bill debate, revealing why it is a good idea to take Jackson off the federal currency.

May 8, 2016

Passing: Race, Disability, and Gender

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What do Michael Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt have to do with the debates about the North Carolina bathrooms bill? Marissa, Sarah, and Katie weave together a discussion of ways people have defied socially constructed systems of race, ability, and gender, and "passed" as something else. 


Show Notes
Applebaum, Yoni. "Rachel Dolezal and the History of Passing for Black." The Atlantic (15 Jun 2015)

Bates, Karen Grigsby. "'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing in White America." NPR (7 Oct 2014)

Brune, Jeffrey. Disability and Passing: Blurring the Lines of Identity. 

Daston, L., & Park, K. (1985). "Hermaphrodites in renaissance france." Critical Matrix,1(5), 1.

Fikes, Robert. "The Passing of Passing: A Peculiarly American Racial Tradition Approaches Irrelevance." blackpast.org

Haynes, Monica. "Passing: How Posing as White Became a Choice for Some Black Americans." Pittsburgh Gazette (26 Oct 2003)

Laqueur, Thomas Walter. Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Carter, Julian B. The Heart of Whiteness Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1880-1940. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.