C-SPAN in the Classroom: C-SPAN Classroom 2022 Team Favorites

By | December 31, 2022

As we gear up for 2023, a year of new opportunities, fresh challenges, and growing relationships, our team takes time to reflect on 2022. Tune in to hear us highlight the C-SPAN Classroom resources we found most interesting, and meaningful, to each of us.

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[Music] On the eve of the New Year in 2010 Country music artist Brad Paisley Tweeted quote tomorrow is the first Blank page of a 365 page book write a Good one hi I'm Zach and I'm joined by My colleagues Craig and Pam It's December 31st New Year's Eve and I Don't know about you guys and our Listeners but I always spend the day Reflecting on the passage of time from The past year This year for instance we bought and Renovated a house and I ran a few half Marathons but I also spent too much time Playing video games and might have eaten Too much ice cream Nevertheless it's in that reflective Spirit that the three of us have framed Today's episode We asked ourselves which C-SPAN clip From the past year was most interesting Or meaningful to you and why So join the three of us the C-SPAN Education team as we look back on the Year before we move forward into 2023 As Zach mentioned before the break the End of each year serves as a time to Reflect on one's lives but it can also Be a time for some of us to take the Many positive things in one's life for Granted I know that I'm as guilty of That as much as anyone And I've picked a clip to help me

Remember just how fortunate my family is And it's one of deeply personal Testimony from a recent Congressional Hearing with fair housing Advocates Testifying on access to affordable Housing In this clip we have Margaret EAD a Former Librarian from Virginia Beach and She's detailing her and her husband's Experience of losing their main source Of income during the pandemic to being Evicted from their apartment and that Led to them living from their car off And on over the past two years The visuals of the video clip are Actually quite tough to watch as you see Margaret's very proud husband trying to Be strong for the both of them and Keeping it together as he sits in the Row immediately behind her while she Testifies but he breaks when he hears His wife's Voice start to quiver as she Details their experience and the hurdles That they've found in their way as they Seek to find a safe and permanent Shelter for the two of them Now regardless of political party or Ideologies no one wants to see more Homelessness in this country but the Idea is on how to best address the issue At the federal level they vary greatly Among the many Advocates and elected Officials in Congress Zach recently Developed a deliberative lesson where

Students will learn more about the National statistics and the history of Homelessness in the United States as Well as a very suggested approaches to Address the issue at the federal level We'll link that lesson on our featured Resources page for you to review but for Now let's listen to Margaret Eads Testimony Job calling trash to the landfill we Fell about a hundred and fifty dollars Short on our rent instead of working With us the landlord evicted us my Husband and I decided to move into our Vehicle while we served for other places But soon we found out the barriers to Finding a home were very steep whenever My husband and I would speak with rental Offices I would give them my name they Would type my name in some sort of data System and then tell me we see an Eviction on your public record and we Cannot help you My husband and I were able briefly to Find a place to live after our story Received news coverage we received Support from my con from kind Individuals on GoFundMe but this year After that detention faded our landlord Chose to do which many landlords have Done recently they failed to renew our Lease after it expired and they Increased our apartments rent beyond What we could pay so for the last four

Months my husband and I have been living In our car again in the parking lots Where we sleeping in homeless agency Where we visit I have met many other Homeless family it hurt so bad to see Moms in there Out there with their kids Look like there's probably stolen away From them And when they tell you this stories They will tell you that they will turn The world upside down because it went up By even just 50 or 60 more dollars and They couldn't afford that Even if an apartment were to be offered To us the deposit and income Requirements are so high a landlord Typically asked for three times the rent Up front three thousand for example for A place that rents for a thousand we Don't have that landlord landlords can Also require you to show that you make Three times a monthly rent just to Qualify we can't show that all of this Make people in our situation more Valuable vulnerable to any landlord who Will accept you even if the even if they Overcharge you and provide unsafe Conditions when people have stable Housing it allows them to do so much More in life I know that it's hard for a Member of Congress to imagine yourself Living in your car It was hard for my husband and I to

Imagine ourselves in this situation but I'm asking you today to imagine yourself In our situation you don't know how good It is to have a knob to turn every Evening to enter a space where you're Safe and not in danger until that takes That is taken away from you there's so Many a lot of people out here that if They had safe affordable housing if they Could stay in it until the day they die That would be something that really they Really do desire anything that you can Do to help make this a reality will make A lot of a lot to me mean a lot to People well you all know that I'm a History lover and for me I value Reflecting on our past not just for the Year and not just as individuals or even Just as families but as a nation so for This episode I reflected on a C-SPAN Program I viewed this year that talked About the discovery of the clotilda a Slave ship that carried 110 captives From Africa to the shores of Alabama in 1860 more than 50 years after the Transatlantic slave trade was outlawed I Was intrigued so how does this narrative Fit into the history of the United States Let's play a portion of a C-SPAN Interview with journalists and author Ben Raines who was instrumental in this Discovery to provide context for this Topic

Why were you successful people have been Searching for the clotilda for a very Long time why were you successful when Others had not been Well you know the big the big thing was Everybody was listening to the the man Who perpetrated the crime Timothy Mayer Who was an Alabama Steamboat captain and One of the wealthiest people in Alabama In the 1800s so he um he made a bet on The deck of his Steamboat when a bunch Of wealthy passengers were out drinking Whiskey and smoking cigars One Night in 1859 and he bet these Yankees that he Could go to Africa and capture you know Bring back some enslaved people So um he did and was successful but he Had been bragging about the trip the Whole time the ship he hired was sailing To Africa you know you've got to Remember this was illegal in 1860. it Had been illegal to import people from Other countries as to enslave them since 1808. so this was a capital crime and he Could have been hung for it so he Bragged about it so much that the Federal government federal agents were Watching him in his house by the time The ship came back three months later So they knew that they had to uh they Had to go out and and hide the ship when It came back and they decided to burn it So he spent the next 30 years of his Life after having gotten away with this

They burned the ship to hide the crime And you know it sank below the water so He lied about where the ship was for the Next 30 years he gave the series of Interviews over and over and over uh and Every time he said a different location You know Bayou cannot buy you corn all These different bayous in this gigantic Swamp that sits above mobile and I say Gigantic it's about 250 000 Acres Imagine a swamp that's 15 miles wide and 60 miles long And so he'd been lying about where the Ship was in all these places and Everyone who had searched for it had Listened to him in his interviews and Gone and looked in the places he Suggested all of which were just to Throw you off the trail Um and so I I went and looked at the Historical documents and found some Other references where people who were There that night gave a different Location and they all gave the same Location 12 mile island and that's Ultimately where I found the ship This real life story just struck me I'd Never heard about it and I was left with So many questions which is always what We aim for with our students right in The classroom to spark an interest for Them to want to explore an idea or a Topic and to dig deeper to drive their Own learning

So I continued listening to that program And ended up developing a lesson for Teachers to use with their students and The lesson includes clips that offer Insight into the people who were Involved in this act How the slaves were taken from their Hometown in Africa The experiences they endured on board The clotilda How they were received once they reached The United States and established their Own community of Africa town near Mobile Alabama their interactions with enslaved People already in this country and what Happened to the men involved with this Operation We've also included clips of programs That show archival images of the last Known surviving clotilda slaves Including kajal Lewis and bradoshi as Well as feature descendants of the Clotilda from a reunion we covered which Offered powerful testimony of the Generational impact this had on families It also gave voice to those who were Taken from Africa and offers a platform For descendants to share their vision For the future Now I continue to do research on this Topic and as a matter of fact I Purchased the book barracun by Zora Neale Hurston which highlights Interviews she did with kajo which is a

Rich primary source well now I guess It's my turn Um for me my selection was a little bit More about the impact of the resource Than the resource or the content itself I had the opportunity to attend the National Council for the social studies Or ncss conference in Philadelphia about A month and a half ago And along with networking with old Friends and exploring a city that I had Been to we spent time representing C-SPAN classroom in the exhibit hall It was during this time that a high School teacher came to our table and Discussed how her students loved one of The lesson plans that we had on the Development of state constitutions During the early American Republic Now let me clarify as we've mentioned Multiple times throughout this podcast The three of us are all former classroom Teachers So being removed from the day-to-day Interaction with students of which I Experienced myself for seven years as a Middle school teacher I always wonder About how teachers and students are Viewing and using the content that we're Developing the discussion with this Teacher which was similarly repeated With other teachers over the course of The conference weekend proved as Validation that one

Our resources can be used by teachers And students from all walks of life in All types of classes and at multiple Grade levels and two our impact as Educators always extends far beyond our Own walls let's listen to a brief Portion of the final clip from the Lesson on early state constitutions in Which Ohio State University Professor Margaret Newell discusses key takeaways Regarding State sovereignty during the Early Republic So here's a couple takeaways One is that uh Uh this idea of a declaration of rights And Bill of Rights is probably one of The most lasting and great contributions Of this era of constitution writing but Also the idea that politics is a you Know politics is a potentially moral Activity and the structure of government Can be used to change things that you Want for society these are these are These are sort of lasting Contributions and probably one of the Greatest contributions of the American Revolution to subsequent revolutions so It influenced the French Revolution Influenced Haitian revolution you know Any of these Democratic revolutions the Declaration of Rights became the basis Of their own Declarations of Rights the Writing of constitutions you know even In the after the fall of the Soviet

Union uh you know former Soviet Republics asked you know Americans to Come and help them write constitutions They sometimes wanted to put things in Their list of Rights like the right to Housing Or the right to health care in the clip You heard Professor Newell discussing The quote lasting contributions of the American Revolution and the development Of early state constitutions this small Clip excerpt showcases what the teacher At the conference described as the Lecture is easy to understand delivery Of the content These clips which are coupled with a Google doc graphic organizer and Pre-built questions for consideration Discussion have already made an impact For hundreds of students across the Country And for us for me that is indeed Meaningful and we're thankful for each Day that we can continue to help Educators in their work teaching the Next generation of our country's leaders Well a short episode but we hope you Enjoyed reflecting on the year with us Albeit with a little bit more C-SPAN Flavor than you might be used to But nevertheless we wish you a fantastic New Year and we look forward to Generating even more useful C-SPAN Classroom resources for you and your

Students in 2023 as always you'll find Links to the resources that we Highlighted in this episode and more on Our featured resources page at Www.c-span.org classroom and if you'd Ever like to connect with our team to Learn more about what we have to offer For teachers and students please email Us anytime at educate c-span.org That's it for this week please remember To like and follow our podcast wherever You listen so you don't miss our next Episode until then thank you for joining Us Foreign