Episodes


The Remembrance of Slavery in Material Culture

In this episode James Walvin, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of York, discusses how traces of slavery are often overlooked in the material culture we value, from porcelain sugar bowls to mahogany tables.

Jamaica and the British Empire after the Morant Bay Rebellion

In this episode Thomas Thurston spoke with Christienna Fryar, an Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Buffalo State and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center, on post-emancipation Jamaica, an era that scholars of British imperial history have defined as the three decades between full freedom in the 1830s and the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865. Professor Fryer uses a series of particular disasters on the island to examine the British colonial administration’s response to key moments in the history of post-emancipation Jamaica. She suggests that emancipation was a much longer and less clearly defined process than typically understood.

Voting Rights and Voter Suppression in North Carolina 

In this episode Thomas Thurston spoke with Isela Gutierrez, the Associate Research Director for Democracy North Carolina and a speaker on the Gilder Lehrman Center’s “Right to Vote” panel discussion, about her organization’s work to protect the citizens of North Carolina against legislative actions and court decisions designed to abridge the right to vote, and what those struggles portend regarding the struggle to protect voting rights nationally.

The Moral Economy of Low Wage Women’s Work in the Global Anti-Trafficking Movement

In this episode Thomas Thurston spoke with Elena Shih, an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center, about her work on human trafficking rescue efforts and the politics of labor, gender, and sexuality. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in China, Thailand, and the United States, Professor Shih argues that rescue programs create a transnational moral economy of low-wage women’s work, replacing traditional wage labor with affective commitments between First World rescuers and their “victims”.

In this episode David Blight speaks with Bryan Stevenson, the founding director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Mr. Stevenson was here at Yale University to give the annual Parks-King Lecture at the Yale Divinity School. 

Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.   Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.  Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.

Antislavery Sentiments and Experiences of African-Canadians During the Civil War Era 

In this episode Thomas Thurston spoke with Mathias Rodorff, a PhD candidate at the University of Munich and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center, about his current work, which investigates why Nova Scotian newspapers paid such close attention to the contest in the United States over issues of slavery, emancipation, and equality while never considering how these issues might have played out in their province. Rodorff considers this in the context of other domestic events, like the heated debates over Nova Scotia’s role in the Canadian Confederation