- Your reason for choosing this topic
- As mentioned in the podcast, I hail from the land formerly known as the Vermont Republic. Vermont is such a small and seemingly insignificant state that people seem to forget that it even exists, nevermind know about the history of how it was created. So my reasons for picking this topic were equally divided by how homesick I am and spreading awareness that Vermont is a real place with a pretty cool history. Vermont, unlike birds, is real.
- A reflection on the audio form
- I believe that oral storytelling is essential in history, even if it is slightly less reliable or concrete. Through a global lens, oral history is the most accessible to the general population. It caters to all groups, including the ones that may not be able to read or have access to the physical text. Though the specific form of oral storytelling used here, podcasts, are necessarily more or less available than books they are also often more factual than oral history as the people providing the podcasts would have researched the topic thoroughly. I enjoyed creating this podcast because one of my mild powers (like super powers but less impressive) is being able to talk about anything for any length of time. So an assignment where I got to sit in bed and talk into my phone was kind of ideal.
- As I sit here staring at the flashing cursor on my computer screen, I am overwhelmed by all the events that have transpired this semester. I have avoided processing because I don’t know how to process something that I am still in the middle of. It feels like the second I have wrapped my mind around the latest turn of events then there is almost immediately another development. My phone is flooded with articles about shortages in basic supplies, failures and successes of efforts against the virus, and what new measures have been put in place to combat the spread. How do I process that? How do I allow myself to accept this new reality that I’m in? All my belongings are stranded at GMU, I’m living out of a suitcase of clothes, and my housing situation is a source of great stress. Like many people, I have completely lost any sense of financial security that I had and am now scrambling for ways to pay for the fall semester. It feels impossible for me to pause and breathe long enough to reflect. This semester has, in every sense, challenged me and more importantly, my mental health. Unfortunately, the latter is struggling significantly. While being managed by medical professionals, quarantine has sent me into a terrifying spiral and has amplified the effect that my mental illness has on my daily life. But I have survived much tougher times and have no doubt that someday I will be able to reflect on this semester and identify both personal and emotional growth without being overwhelmed by anxiety. That day just isn’t in the near future.
Editor. “The 14th Colony – Vermont’s Curious Role in the American Revolution.” MilitaryHistoryNow.Com (blog), May 7, 2013. https://militaryhistorynow.com/2013/05/07/the-14th-colony-vermonts-curious-role-in-the-american-revolution/.
Editors, History com. “The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga.” HISTORY. Accessed May 6, 2020. https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/capture-of-fort-ticonderoga.
———. “Vermont Declares Independence from Colony of New York.” HISTORY. Accessed May 6, 2020. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/new-connecticut-vermont-declares-independence.
Hemenway, Abby Maria. The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Embracing a History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military. Miss A. M. Hemenway, 1871.
“Vermont State Archives and Records Administration: Constitution of Vermont 1777.,” July 25, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120725151010/http://vermont-archives.org/govhistory/constitut/con77.htm.
Grateful AmericanTM Foundation. “What Was the Haldimand Affair? And How Did It Impact the State of Vermont?” Accessed May 6, 2020. http://gratefulamericanfoundation.com/facts/what-was-the-haldimand-affair-and-how-did-it-impact-the-state-of-vermont/.
Music in the podcast was composed and performed by Alexandra Medina
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