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Liberating Narratives

Liberating Narratives is a weekly subscription newsletter helping world history teachers decolonize their classes. Each post explores how to teach specific historical topics and includes primary and secondary source excerpts, historical images, and maps. Bram Hubbell is the author. He can be found on Twitter and Mastodon.

You can easily browse through all posts on the Archive. On the bottom of the archive is a list of all tags used on the posts. You can also search topics using tags. By subscribing to the newsletter, you can gain access to the posts and can join the bimonthly teaching workshops. Some posts are free to the public; other posts require a paid subscription.

Featured Posts

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Voices of the Southern Front: Decolonizing our Teaching of the First World War

A discussion of how to teach the First World War using sources from India and the Middle East.

Voices of the Southern Front: Decolonizing our Teaching of the First World War
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Beyond the Good War: Alternative Narratives for Teaching World War II

A discussion of how to teach World War II in world history courses by focusing on resources and extreme violence.

Beyond the Good War: Alternative Narratives for Teaching World War II
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“White Devils All Over Asia”: Teaching New Imperialism, c.1850 - c.1940

A discussion of how to teach New Imperialism in world history courses and centering the voices of colonized people.

“White Devils All Over Asia”: Teaching New Imperialism, c.1850 - c.1940
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“Men of the Spoken Word”: Teaching West Africa, c.1200 - c.1600

A discussion of the challenges of teaching medieval West Africa in world history courses and how to use voice of the griots as a way to explore multiple perspectives/

“Men of the Spoken Word”: Teaching West Africa, c.1200 - c.1600

Recent Posts

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Monthly Digest: February 2024

Digest for February 2024

Monthly Digest: February 2024
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“When Any of You Intend to Divorce”: Teaching Continuity and Divorce in the Medieval Islamic Middle East, c.600 - c.1600

A discussion of teaching continutiy using examples of divorce in the Islamic Middle East

“When Any of You Intend to Divorce”: Teaching Continuity and Divorce in the Medieval Islamic Middle East, c.600 - c.1600
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“The Breath of Soviet Russia”: Teaching Soviet Industrialization and Collectivization

Discussion of images to teach Soviet industrialization

“The Breath of Soviet Russia”: Teaching Soviet Industrialization and Collectivization
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“A Rich South and a Poor North”: Southernization and Facilitating Student-Centered Discussions

Discussion of how to facilitate student-centered discussions using Southernization

“A Rich South and a Poor North”: Southernization and Facilitating Student-Centered Discussions
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“A Time for Telling”: Lectures and Narratives in a Decolonized History Course

Discussion of how we can use lectures in world history classes with a focus on the Atlantic Revolutions

“A Time for Telling”: Lectures and Narratives in a Decolonized History Course
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“Nobody Expected Seasickness”: Oceanic Migration in the Nineteenth Century

Discussion of a primary source describing the experience of transatlantic migration in the late nineteenth century.

“Nobody Expected Seasickness”: Oceanic Migration in the Nineteenth Century