Episode 158: Hard History Lessons with Alysha Butler-Arnold

In episode 158, Dan and Michael chat with Alysha Butler-Arnold about her new article in Social Education titled, “Why My Students Weren’t Surprised on January 6th.”


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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Butler-Arnold, A. (2021). Why my students weren’t surprised on January 6th. Social Education, 85(1), 8-10.
  2. Eric Foner book
  3. Eric Foner, “Rooted in Reconstruction: The First Wave of Black Congressmen,” The Nation (October 15, 2008), www.thenation.com/article/archive/rootedreconstruction-first-wave-black-congressmen/.
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Red-River-Lalita-Tademy/dp/0446696994
  5. Tademy, L. (2001). Cane river. Grand Central Publishing.
  6. Tademy, L. (2015). Red river. Hachette UK.
  7. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: An Autobiographical Account of an Escaped Slave and Abolitionist by Harriet Ann Jacobs


Alysha Butler-Arnold is a 20-year veteran social studies teacher. She currently teaches U.S. History and African American Studies for District of Columbia Public Schools. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. and M.A. in History with a special focus on African American women during Reconstruction. She was recognized as the 2019 History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution for the District of Columbia and the 2019 Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year for her innovative lessons and civic-based student projects. In 2019, she was a D.C. Community Cornerstone Awardee.


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

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