Aug 28, 2016

Black Soldiers in the American Civil War

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A few months ago, we talked about the experiences of Civil War contraband, and mentioned the United States Colored Troops. Today, we dig a little more deeply into the history of that military organization. What motivated black men to enlist, and what was their experience in uniform? Join Averill and Sarah to learn more about black soldiers in the American Civil War.

Aug 22, 2016

Latter-Day Saints in the Pacific

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Fun fact: the very popular Polynesian Cultural Center, which boasts six "villages" highlighting "traditional" dress, dance, music, arts and crafts, and other practices of indigenous Pacific Islander culture, is owned and operated by the Church of the Latter-Day Saints. Now, the LDS church was born and bred in the eastern United States, before ultimately setting up basecamp in Utah. Like many places in the US and the world, they sent missionaries to the Pacific Islands, but other than that, they don't have any particular claim over Polynesian culture. So it might strike one as curious that this is what's up. Join Averill and Katie as they talk about the particular efficacy of the Mormon spread, it's growth in the Pacific Islands, and the fine line between educational tourism and exploitative mass culture.