Recorded May 6, 2021
As we confront our nation’s complex history, it’s imperative to reexamine some of our national founding stories. What is the narrative we want to embrace? How can we use that narrative as a tool to create change today? We are proud to present the first in our Banned in Boston discussion series: An exclusive conversation with Neil Miller, author of Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil.
To authentically preserve and learn from our shared past, it’s necessary to continuously infuse new perspectives into those conversations. Over the years, Boston’s response to storytelling has been varied. With a strong legacy of creativity in its neighborhoods, Boston saw a powerful force emerge in the “watch and ward” era. The Watch and Ward Society – New England’s notorious literary and artistic censor – reached its height in the 1920s, but there are still many perspectives of our history that are wrongly deemed controversial today. In the coming months, Revolutionary Spaces will host a series of Members’ View discussions with creators of our time to revisit our past and begin to decide for ourselves which stories we wish to carry forward.
Other Members’ View Events
- VIDEO | Members’ View Discussion: Banned in BostonAn exclusive conversation with Neil Miller, author of “Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil.”Read more →
- Video | David Silverman: This Land is Their LandA conversation with David Silverman, author of several books on Native American, colonial American, and American racial history, including “This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and Troubled History of Thanksgiving.”Read more →
- Video | Jared Hardesty: Black Lives, Native Lands, White WorldsConversation with Jared Hardesty, the Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, and a scholar of colonial America, the Atlantic world, and the histories of labor and slavery.Read more →
- Video | Introducing Reflecting Attucks with Mitch KachunReviewing what we know about Attucks’s actions at the Boston Massacre, and how Americans have found inspiration in Attucks over the last 250 years.Read more →
- Video | History Off the PageA panel discussion on scholarly disciplines that look beyond the written record for knowledge about the past, including research on language, music, and material culture.Read more →
- Video | Site See: Rebellion in ActionRevisiting moments of 18th-century protest, debate, and rebellion at the Old South Meeting House and Old State House.Read more →