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Episode 144: Mary Church Terrell Part One

Posted 22 January 2020 by
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Mary circa 1900, LOC

Mary Church Terrell was born the year that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, she died the year that U.S. schools became desegregated and she worked as a civil rights activist and suffragist in between to better the lives of African Americans. She lived such a full life (and we get to give a lot of background on the issues that she championed) we’re going to break this into two episodes.

Mary Eliza Church was born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis Tennessee, the first of the two children of Robert Reed Church and Louisa Ayres Church. From the wealth of her father, the career of her mother, her parents’ amicable divorce, the level of luxury and privilege Mary had –everything about her life was very unusual for the daughter of two former slaves…living in the south…who was born in the middle of the Civil War.

Mary was sent to school at six in Ohio, not to get her out of her parents’ hair, but for a better education. And what an education! She landed in a very unique pocket of the U.S. where schools and communities were integrated. From grade school through getting her B.A. from Oberlin College (Go Yeoman/ Yeowomen!) Mary received the best education. Despite her father’s plans for her, she pursued a career as a teacher and used her unique perspective and gifts to help other African-Americans lift as they climbed toward true freedoms, education, and equal rights.

She was the first African-American school board member in Washingon, D.C., she was was a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women; she was a civil rights and suffrage lecturer and writer… and she spoke at the National American Women’s Suffrage Association meeting that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of  the historic Seneca Falls convention (here’s her speech, she was amazing!) Of course she experienced prejudice herself, we get into all that as well as the challenges and experiences of black women during the suffrage movement (and a lot of that was from white suffragists.)

And we aren’t even halfway through her life, see why we had to break it into two parts?

 

TIME TRAVEL WITH THE HISTORY CHICKS

Media recommendations and links to things we talked about will be in the shownotes of Part Two.

 

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Episode 143: Maria Montessori

Posted 9 January 2020 by
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Maria, circa 1913, early 40s. public domain

Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy, the only child of Alessandro and Renilde Montessori. That very same year, Italy became a unified country and her father worked in Rome with that new government. Her mother was from a wealthy family who had bucked convention and “allowed” their bright daughter to become as educated as possible. While conventional society didn’t allow Renilde to pursue a career, it didn’t stop her from raising her own bright daughter to aspire to one. (more…)

Episode 142: Louisa May Alcott, Revisited

Posted 27 December 2019 by
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With the new Little Women movie directed by Greta Gerwig out this Christmas, we thought that we should take a look back at our coverage of the life of its writer, Louisa May Alcott. Louisa wrote the book based on life with her sisters, but how much of that life is reflected in the pages? One way to find out: Learn about her life! (Spoiler: There are quite a few differences.)

 

For the shownotes for this episode, please follow this link LOUISA MAY ALCOTT SHOWNOTES.

 

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Episode 141: Rosa Parks Revisited

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Episode 140: Wilma Mankiller

Posted 26 November 2019 by
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Wilma Mankiller in her home in Tahlequah in 1996. Kelly Kerr/Tulsa World

Wilma Mankiller was an activist, an educator, an author, a mom, and the first woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. She did her part to share the rich, tragic, and resilient history of her people with the world, to improve the lives of her tribe, and speak out for civil and women’s rights. To say “what didn’t kill her made her stronger” isn’t hyperbole. She’s also the most contemporary woman that we’ve ever covered. Maybe if we start by keeping the stories of these smart, brave, and determined women at the forefront they will be household names to future generations. (more…)

Episode 139: Pocahontas Revisited

Posted 11 November 2019 by
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It’s National Native American Heritage Month here in the US and we thought it was a good time for a re-listen to our coverage of Pocahontas from 2017.

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Episode 138: Sarah Winchester and the Mystery House

Posted 29 October 2019 by
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Sarah Winchester circa 1875If you know anything about Sarah Winchester it’s that she built a peculiar mansion based on paranormal elements with gun money but…just hear us out here…there may be more to her story worthy of associating with her memory. Maybe, just maybe, the “mystery” part of the Winchester Mystery Mansion is: What was Sarah really like?

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Episode 137: Florence Nightingale

Posted 18 October 2019 by
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Florence, circa 1860 post-Crimean War

Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy. Yes, that’s where her name came from and it’s only the first interesting thing about her!

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Episode 136: Mary Seacole

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Mary circa 1871, with medals she didn’t earn, but it wasn’t illegal for her to wear and they really do spiff up her outfit, don’t they?

Mary Seacole was a doctress, an entrepreneur, a writer and very, very good in the room. She had a long, accomplished life and once had a brief brush with another woman of medicine during the Crimean War that has colored how some people see them both. It’s a shame when we can’t appreciate women’s contributions without pitting them against each other, isn’t it?

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Episode 135: Louise Brooks

Posted 17 September 2019 by
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Louise Brooks was a dancer, an actress, a film historian, critic and writer. In this episode, we also remember her for her perfect bob, her iconic flapper image, and the many ups, downs and farther downs in her life.

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