Story Corps – Leesburg Stockade Girls

This podcast focuses on the stories of some members of the Leesburg Stockade Girls - a group of teenage girls who were jailed for participating in a Civil Rights Movement protest. These members look back on their traumatic experiences being held in a Civil War stockade, and reflect on how the experience continued to affect their lives many years later.

A History of the World in 100 Objects – Hawaiian Feather Helmet

This episode tells the story of Europeans' first contact with Hawaiians as told through one object - a mahiole or feather helmet - at the British Museum. The episode includes interviews with historians who describe Cook's problematic encounter with Hawaiians as a harbinger of colonialism to come. In addition, the episode uses the helmet's construction as a lens into key attributes in Hawaiian culture prior to colonial contact. 

Theme: Student Protests

Over the past two years, students have increasingly taken to the streets to protest a range of issues, including Donald Trump as president, tolerance of gun violence, and now climate change inaction. This themed post on podcasts covering post-World War II student protest has been inspired by the Backstory podcast’s recent episode (#236) “Teen Activists: A History of Youth Politics and Protest.” Here we briefly outline a few podcast episodes and additional sources you can integrate into your US history classrooms on post-World War II student protesters in high school and college.

Heat and Light – Revolution on Campus

The episode focuses on the racial tensions surrounding the construction of a segregated gym that sparked the student takeover of Columbia University in 1968. Host Phillip Martin speaks with scholars Stefan Bradley and Michael Kazin about how the takeover took place and inspired other major protests that year such as the Democratic National Convention.

Vietnamese Boat People – Riches to Rags

The story revolves around an oral history interview between the host Tracey and her brother Steve as her attempt to understand the traumatic experience of her family's escape from Vietnam by boat. As an immigrant coming of age story, fleeing Vietnam changed Steve, transforming him from a comfortable and rich boy to a reliable provider and man for the family.

Criminal – Lavender Scare

This episode tells the story of the Lavender Scare through the experience of a woman, Helen James, who was serving in the US military when she was dishonorably discharged for accusations that she was a lesbian. The episode situates her experiences within the broader Cold War-era Lavender Scare and concludes by discussing how veterans sharing this experience challenged this institutionalized homophobia.

Radio Diaries – Prisoners of War

The episode uses oral history interviews to describe the context and famous riot at the Long Binh Jail - a prison built by the US military outside of Saigon to house US soldiers during the Vietnam War. The episode focuses on the racial context that precipitated the riot, as more than half of the jail's population were African Americans.

Criminal – Carry A. Nation

The episode is a short overview of Carry Nation's leadership in the Temperance Movement in the late 1800s. You learn about how the hatchet became a symbol of her fiery political agenda in the Progressive era. Check out the variety of ways you can incorporate primary source analysis into your class along with this podcast.

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