A new NPR show called "BackStory with the American History Guys" is looking for people to call in and ask history questions of our hosts-- Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh and Peter Onuf!
The topic of this show is the history of motherhood. Here's our blurb:
Mama Tried: A History of American Motherhood
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys…They may not have known it, but when Waylon & Willie crooned that line in 1978, they were speaking to a centuries-long paradox in the lives of American mothers. For most of American history, women were excluded from public life, but at the same time expected to raise the “good citizens” that kept society functioning. This episode of BackStory will ask: has the ability to give birth boosted the status of women, or stunted it? How did Americans in the early Republic think about childbirth? Before the creation of a holiday to honor them, how were mothers celebrated? In the 20th century, how have ideas about genetics changed women's thinking about their children?
We begin taping on Feb 28 from 9-12. Calls take about 10 mins-- and it's fun! Please email me if you're interested or would like to hear more. In the meantime, check out the website to listen to old shows and see what we're working on.
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