Ep. 18: “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” (2013)

Since we both live in the Washington, D.C. area, this film based on the true story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler at the White House through eight presidential administrations, was especially compelling to us. Much of our research around it was on local black history, and below, we’re happy to share some further reading:

*Read the article that started it all, when a Washington Post reporter went looking for someone who could speak to the experience of  a black domestic worker in the White House during the Civil Rights era. Then check out the book that goes deeper into Eugene’s Allen’s experiences as well as the making of the film.

*We leaned heavily on this book to learn more about the overall experiences of black federal employees during the time period covered by The Butler.

*Learn more about historically-black colleges and universities here.

*If you live in or plan to visit the Washington area, you can visit the house where Eugene and Helene Allen lived, as well as their grave in the historic Rock Creek Cemetery. (And if you are local, give us a shout sometime!)

Season 2, Episode 1: "Gettysburg" (1993) Costume Drama Rewind

We're back from our summer break and kicking off our second season with "Gettysburg," the 1993 war epic, directed by Ron Maxwell and starring Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Kevin Conway, and Stephen Lang. Instead of just walking you through each part of the battle, in this episode, we're here to provide some context for what happened during these three days, what the stakes were for the Union and the Confederacy, and what the result meant for the American Civil War going forward.*Despite what "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" may have told you, there appear to have been no actual vampires in the Battle of Gettysburg.
  1. Season 2, Episode 1: "Gettysburg" (1993)
  2. Season 1, Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale
  3. Season 1, Episode 22: Jo March Madness Round 3: "Little Women" (2018) vs. (2019)
  4. Season 1, Episode 21: Jo March Madness Round 2: "Little Women" 1994 vs. 2017
  5. Season 1, Episode 20.5: Jo March Madness Minisode – Louisa May Alcott

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