Episode 157: Teaching the Haitian Revolution with Jennifer Pontius-Vandenberg

In episode 157, Dan and Michael chat with Jennifer Pontius-Vandenberg about her new article in Social Education titled, “Teaching the Haitian Revolution.”

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Pontius-Vandenberg, J. (2020). Teaching the Haitian Revolution. Social Education, 84(6), 355-361. (open access!) https://www.socialstudies.org/social-education/84/6/teaching-haitian-revolution (Open Source) 
  2. The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution by Julius S. Scott
  3. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent DuBois
  4. PBS documentary: Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution 
  5. Freedom Soup picture book by Tami Charles
  6. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine YA novel by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  7. Michael recommends the “Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution” episode of Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast
    1. Yea, I do!!
  8. In preparation for this episode, Dan listened to, and recommends, “The Haitian Revolution” episode of the You’re Dead to Me podcast
  9. You probably should just read these books that Dan keeps endlessly referencing, which all detail the Haitian Revolution: 
    1. Blight, D. W. (2018). Frederick Douglass: Prophet of freedom. Simon & Schuster.
    2. Kendi, I. X. (2016). Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. Nation Books.
    3. Reynolds, J., & Kendi, I. X. (2020). Stamped: Racism, antiracism, and you. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  10. Syllabus statement: To my students: You are VERY important to me and I can’t wait to get to know you. I will teach with you and your needs in mind every single day. I will administer grades, praise, and consequences will fairness, respect, and equity. 

If you share with me that any part of the class or my teaching is racist, homophobic, ableist, discriminatory, or hurtful: I will LISTEN to you, I will BELIEVE you, and I will work to make things better. 

If you missed the livestream, you can listen and watch the UNCUT episode here to see that Michael really did wear a tuxedo:


Jennifer Pontius-Vandenberg teaches 10th grade World History at Mariner High School in Everett, Washington. Shs is also a freelance writer, baseball fan, marathon runner, voracious reader and parent. You can continue the conversation online in the following places:

Twitter: @jenn102gb

Instagram: @jennakeepsscore

Website: www.jennavandenberg.com 

Email: jenniferjpontius@gmail.com 


We would like to thank Zack Seitz [Zack Seitz!!] of Wylie High School (TX) and the University of North Texas for his editing skills.

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