Today, in Episode three a story entitled, “Homeland to Promise Land.” In this case, the homeland is Laos, a nation state in Indochina that borders Vietnam. Chenu Lo is a millennial – a student at Butte College in Northern California – home to a significant number of Hmong people… including Chenu Lo’s relatives. Chenu’s story begins in (more…)


Episode two was written and produced by Jacob Maphet. Jacob raises an interesting dilemma – an observation that I have witnessed and experienced, and perhaps some of you may have thought of this as well . . .  Jacob sincerely asked how is that I have a heritage? (more…)

Welcome to “I Am America,” a new podcasting series recorded and produced by students at Butte College in Northern California. These podcasts reflect student-centered explorations of both history and themselves. Every student has a story, and they truly want to share, especially the part about what makes them uniquely American.

Our very first episode was written and produced by Yolanda Antone. She’s young, bright, filled with possibilities – but she also wears two masks (more…)

Hi there, welcome to Joe Historian. I’m Joe, and I’m a historian…

Welcome to episode 2 of “Society and the Civil War” – podcasts created by my freshmen students enrolled, learning, crafting, and thinking about Early America.

This week’s episode focuses on something most people don’t think about when they hear the phrase “America’s Civil War” and that would be (more…)

Hello. Allow me to introduce to you a new podcast series I am working on, “Society and the Civil War.” The writers, researchers, producers, and stars of these shows are none other than my students.

Over the next couple of months I will post a few episodes – a reflection of their work, yes. But also something that promises to be (more…)

Freshmen students at Yuba competed to make the blog this past Fall 2015 semester. The winner, posted below, did some terrific research on what it meant to be a woman, poor, and living in the confederacy with very little food. Entitled, “Blood or Bread,” Kim Stamper and Jabir Shergill did a terrific job researching, and writing for a (more…)

I began a student-driven project a couple of semesters ago to foster more authenticity in the teaching of History. Now, with a full year of this Civil War podcasting project under my belt, I thought I’d reflect and share upon some of the mid-year improvements that I made, and some of the changes crafted for the upcoming fall term. I’m a believer that the young college freshman learns best by doing.  (more…)

At Butte College, students and I have begun work on a Civil War project. We’re using the University of Virginia’s digital archive collection called Valley of the Shadow. In teams of three or four, students are to put together a podcast that tells the story of just a single family who experienced America’s most bloody conflagration: the war between the states. What I have done here is to (more…)

This podcast, the next episode of Key Concepts in History, focuses on the historical practice of “abridgement.” Now, don’t go thinking that’s a good thing. I assure you abridgement is a faux pas, something to be avoided at all cost. But, unfortunately, it’s a common error, especially with budding scholars. This podcast focuses on Sir Herbert Butterfield’s cautioning about abridgement, a warning he made to budding historians all the way back in 1931. Give it a listen.  (more…)

The way the twenty-first-century media bandies about the terms “Liberal” and “Conservative” is it any wonder that many incoming college freshman really don’t know the meaning of these words? (more…)

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