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Neal Pollack takes his 13-year-old son Elijah on a road trip to Whitney Plantation in Louisiana to supplement what he considers is a subpar public education about slavery. I really love that they did this and recorded it so other people could listen. Neal and Elijah actually recorded some of their drive and some interactions with the people that they meet, so the sound quality is different than with a traditional podcast as there are no desks or microphones.
At Whitney Plantation, the focus is on slavery rather than what the big house or the grounds or the decor looks like. I'm a huge massive supporter of road tripping to educate kids (and adults) and make history come alive, as this is something that we also do in our home. Before listening to this episode, I had never heard of Whitney Plantation or the Slave Revolt that happened there in 1811. While I was listening I was curious about the plantation so I went online, read up on the place and its history, and see some images that are on the plantation's website.
I cannot wait to listen to more of these podcasts. I would normally say that a podcast of this length is perfect to listen to while cleaning or cooking or even driving into town to run errands, but I can tell after this first episode that I may want to research a little bit about the places in the podcast while I'm listening.