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History Slam 196: Becoming Vancouver

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/History-Slam-196.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The first time I was fortunate enough to visit Vancouver, it was October and the weather was unseasonably cold. It was a damp cold – the type that feels like it sticks to you – so I spent 4 days struggling to get warm. Having lived in Regina since that initial… Read more »

Inequality: Only for Academics? A Self-Publishing Saga

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Eric W. Sager I have always believed in the mission of public history. I have given public talks, written op-eds, and published books and articles intended for non-academic readers. I have even won awards for “public dissemination.” Although I have had some successes, I have also met with failures. Recently, failure is winning. How could this be? Have I lost… Read more »

History Slam 190: Not for King or Country

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/History-Slam-190.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to lead immersive educational programs of Canada’s First World War history through Belgium and France. One of the best parts of these programs is visiting Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries where students have selected a soldier killed during the war to… Read more »

History Slam 181: Always Pack a Candle

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/History-Slam-181.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I’m one who believes that, at its core, history is about storytelling. Historians tell the stories of those who came before – and the best historians do so in a way that is both engaging and meaningful to the audience. For some, that has included telling their own stories and using… Read more »

History Slam 180: Gold Fever & Disaster in the Klondike

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/History-Slam-180.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 1897, as news that gold had been found in the Klondike spread, over 100,000 of people rushed into the region in search of fortune. Unfortunately for many of them, the press typically didn’t highlight the harsh winter conditions in the Klondike, meaning thousands arrived completely unprepared. As the population grew,… Read more »

History Slam Episode 175: The Burden of Gravity

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/History-Slam-175.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the 9 years we’ve being doing the History Slam, I’ve constantly been amazed by the variety of ways in which public historians tell the stories of the past. There are so many unique and powerful storytelling techniques that make great use of historical research. One such example is the new… Read more »

History Slam Episode 169: Jeannie’s Demise

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/History-Slam-169.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In this episode of the History Slam, I talk with Ian Radforth about his new book Jeannie’s Demise: Abortion on Trial in Victorian Toronto, which examines the murder trial following the 1875 death of Jeannie Gilmour, a young woman who had gone to Arthur and Alice Davis to have an abortion. We… Read more »

History Slam Episode 151: The Trials of Albert Stroebel

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/History-Slam-151.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In the spring of 1893, a murder in Sumas Prairie, British Columbia rocked the community and kicked off a lengthy debate about who committed the crime, multiple trials, and unanswered questions about the legal process in the rural community. The victim, John Marshall, was a Portuguese immigrant who had settled on… Read more »

History Slam Episode 130: No Surrender

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/History-Slam-130.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham As an undergraduate student, I remember reading about settler-Indigenous relations and how some of the problems the relationship could be attributed to cultural misunderstandings. This was a theme within some of the historiography, particularly as it related to treaty negotiations. In his new book No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous, Sheldon Krasowski… Read more »

History Slam Episode 129: The Making of the October Crisis

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/History-Slam-129.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The few times that I have taught the introductory survey in Canadian history, one of the issues that students have struggled with is the Quiet Revolution and October Crisis. There are a few reasons for this, including that I teach in Ontario, where Quebec history doesn’t get a lot of coverage… Read more »