Category Archives: History Slam

History Slam Episode Seventy: First Nations, Calgary Stampede, and the 1923 Raid on City Hall

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Susan-Joudrey.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Perhaps best known for barrel racing, cowboy boots, and more pancakes than any human should ever consume, the Calgary Stampede is the biggest event in the city each summer. It’s so important locally that after the floods in 2013 that left the grounds under water, officials scrambled to ensure it opened… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Nine: Historica Canada and Heritage Minutes Contest

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Historica.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I’m fairly confident that everyone in my elementary school classes could recite the ‘Burnt Toast’ Heritage Minute by memory. It seemed to air multiple times each episode during re-runs of Degrassi on the CBC. While that one stood out the most for me and my classmates, other Heritage Minutes like Laura… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Eight: Grindstone Island and Non-Violence Resistance in Canada

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Tarah-Brookfield.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the past couple of weeks, the History Slam has looked at war resistance and human rights. Following a similar theme, this episode examines non-violence. The first thing I ever had published examined non-violent resistance in the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. The part about it that I find… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Seven: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Jodi-Giesbrecht.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Over the past few years, there has been plenty written on the changes in Canada’s national museums. A good deal of the focus has been on the renovations to the newly re-named Canadian Museum of History, but there has also been plenty of news out of Winnipeg and the new Canadian… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Six: Worth Fighting For

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Lara-Campbell.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The United States has a long history of war resistance and war resistors. From the Quakers resisting the Revolutionary War to Muhammad Ali’s famous refusal to go to Vietnam, American history is replete with examples of people who did not support the nation’s military goals. Depending on who you talk to,… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Five: Canadian Mysteries

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Canadian-Mysteries.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Embedded in the seemingly endless hand-wringing about why people are no longer interested in history or, at least, how historians can better disseminate the past in an increasingly digital world, is how history is taught to students in the 21st century. I once had a professor tell me that the most… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Four: Canada Day & National Symbols

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Joel-Girourd.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham It’s Canada Day up Canada way on the first day of July. And we’re shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way, when the maple leaf flies high. When the silver jets from east to west go streaming through our sky. We’ll be shoutin’ “hooray” up Canada way when the great parade goes by…. Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Three: Metis and the Medicine Line

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Michel-Hogue.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham ┬áIt’s rare that a book is called the definitive book on the subject. But that’s exactly how one review summed up Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People. The book begins with the surveyors tracing the 49th parallel through the Prairies and tracks the Metis as… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-Two: Congress Recap 2015

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Congress-Recap-2015.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Every year the Canadian Historical Association holds its Annual Meeting as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the event was held at the University of Ottawa which, as an Ottawa denizen, was quite nice. I didn’t spend any time looking at maps, figuring out where the… Read more »

History Slam Episode Sixty-One: The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas and the JFK Assassination

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/JFK-Museum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Over the past fifty years, that assassination has resulted in investigations, speculation, and conspiracies about how and why Kennedy died. From the Warren Commission to the Oliver Stone movie, JFK and the circumstances of his death… Read more »