Today's episode of Rebellion marks a sort of Season 1 finale, if you will.
The podcast will be on hiatus until December, and then continue for another 20-something installments. During the hiatus, I'll be re-recording, remastering, and re-releasing all 23 episodes, and working more on the YouTube channel: Lil' Rebellion.
In the meantime, however, I feel obligated to direct you to some of the best places on the web where you can consume all the history your little heart desires. Below are some of my personal favorite Twitterettes, Instagramiltons, YouTubeans, and other such purveyors of history.
1. History in Pics - Instagram (@historyphotographed)
This Instagram account. Is. Freaking. Sweet! Unlike my podcast, it doesn't focus on just one period of time. It covers all sorts of history from all sorts of places (like the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, seen below).
But it doesn't stop there. They often include photographs from film history capturing cool moments betweens takes or backstage. There's pictures of regular people, celebrities, politicians, they've got it all!
If you're looking to add some "whoa's" to your Insta-scrolling, @historyphotographed is a great place to start.
2. New York Historical Society - Instagram (@nyhistory)
I think we can all agree that NYC is the best, right (well, maybe not ALL of us)? Assuming you enjoy New York and its history or you're curious about it, then you need to check out the New York Historical Society! From it's website: "The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today."
You can catch @nyhistory posting shots from their exhibitions, photographs that tell stories relevant to what's in the headlines, and historical gems from all eras of New York history.
3. American Revolution Museum - Twitter (@AmRevMuseum)
I don't know if you know this, but a museum opened up in Philadelphia recently that's completely devoted to the American Revolution. I haven't been yet (though I wouldn't expect that statement to be true much longer), but judging by their official twitter account...it must be amazing! They feature announcements about upcoming exhibits like the recent showcase of replica tents (who doesn't love a good tent amiright?). It not only offers a great behind-the-scenes look at museum curating, but also posts tons of cool tidbits about the revolution, like how the majority of Americans heard the Declaration of Independence at public readings. Give these guys and gals a follow and you'll surely be chomping at the bit to take a road trip to Philly.
4. Washington's Library - Twitter (@GWBooks)
This Twitter account is run by the librarians, historians, and scholars at Mount Vernon. They're always posting cool content like the article tweeted above, or just photos of cool stuff Washington owned like a coral he got in Barbados. There are also well-curated collections about slavery at Mount Vernon, his experience as a surveyor, and reeeeaaallllly fine details about what exactly he was up to on the farm at Mount Vernon. It's a great way to gain insight into the 1st POTUS.
These well-animated videos that, well, feature history, are informative and addicting. They're fast paced, to-the-point, and blended with a dry wit that will make you continue clicking on to the next episode. They're short, and very easy to digest so they're perfect for our 21st Century, attention-limited screen-addicted brains.
6. John Quincy Adams - Twitter (@JQAdams_MHS)
I can't quite put my finger on why I love this Twitter account so much. It's literally tweet-sized entries from the diary of John Quincy Adams. For some reason, though, it's really amusing and entertaining to me, so maybe you'll like it too.
This podcast is so informative and just downright beautiful. Told by guest hosts whom you may know like Keegan Michael Key and Issa Rae, it was released along with the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It touches on precise studies of history, traces the evolution of black culture, and comments on issues faced by African Americans in the past, as well as those that still reverberate today. Each episode centers on objects submitted by regular people around the country that, as the description states: "make up their own lived experiences of black history."
Unfortunately, they only released 9 episodes between September and November of last year, but those 9 episodes are tremendous. If you're interested in any of these topics or you're curious to learn more about these issues, then I suggest you binge this podcast right away!
If you haven't seen this...you're being ridiculous. It's hilarious. Comedian Derek Waters finds other funny people to retell stories from history...after they get completely boozy, of course. As the drunkard struggles to tell the story, usually inserting all sorts of belches and curse words, a whole cast of performers act it out. It usually produces absolute gold like this:
So that's it! I hope you'll enjoy checking out these great resources. And of course, if you haven't listened to Rebellion yet...what in Breed's Hill are you waiting for??