This minisode we discuss what sparked our interests in American history and politics.
TUX reflects on his political awakening during the runup to the 2008 election, and how his interest in history started in college. He took a circuitous path when writing a report about the history of the American food system fostered a love for food history, and then a book about the unfinished America Eats! manuscript by the Works Progress Administration fostered an interest in learning about the New Deal.
STEPHANIE talks about the frustrations of being born black and political. She learned a dry, white-washed version of history that never rang true.
ALSO MENTIONED: The New York Time’s Dialect Quiz and Teaching Slavery (Season 1, Minisode 3).
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