What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 57: Dr. Hilary Green: On this episode of the Jam, Brad and author Dr. Hilary Green talk the importance of oral culture and the difficulty of tracking down those shared stories. The driving force of that discussion, Hilary’s book, Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890, which grew out of her research into the stories and data that history texts have forgotten. And that research came—in part—from a question her mother asked!

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About Dr. Hilary Green

Dr. Hilary N. Green is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, class, and gender in 19th Century African American history, the American Civil War Era, Reconstruction Studies, Civil War Memory, and the Black Atlantic.

She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, 2016) as well as articles, book chapters and other scholarly publications. In January 2015, she developed the Hallowed Grounds Project which explores the history of slavery, experiences of enslaved campus laborers, and its legacy at the University of Alabama and surrounding Tuscaloosa community through alternate campus tours and a digital humanities (DH) project.

 She is the co-series editor of Reconstruction Reconsidered, a University of South Carolina Press seriesa book review editor for the Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians, and a regular contributor to Muster, the online blog for the Journal of the Civil War Era.

She is currently at work on a second book manuscript examining how everyday African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War and several articles drawing on the Hallowed Grounds Project materials. 

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