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S2 Ep1: Alternative Oklahoma History

Why might it be a felony to fly the first Oklahoma state flag? Why did a group of rural Oklahoma farmers turn to armed rebellion? Why was there a book burning at an Oklahoma City high school stadium? We’re kicking off Season Two of BrainBox by talking with one of Oklahoma’s coolest humanities scholars, Dr. Rachel C. Jackson, about alternative views of Oklahoma’s history to help us better understand the state today.

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Links to additional information about topics discussed in this episode:

Read Dr. Rachel C. Jackson's article Raising the Red Flag about the surprising history of Oklahoma's first state flag in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Oklahoma Humanities magazine.

Read about the book Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside.

Read about the Green Corn Rebellion in The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.

Read about the book Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland

Visit KiowaTalk.org, a website dedicated to sustaining Kiowa language, stories, and songs. This project was coordinated by Dr. Rachel C. Jackson and was funded in part by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities.

About our guest:


Dr. Rachel C. Jackson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and she completed her Ph.D. in the Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy Program at the University of Oklahoma in 2016. She currently holds a Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Jackson's research examines local activist rhetorical strategies in the context of historical suppression. Her community-engaged projects focus on supporting Native American languages and cultural literacies and forwarding indigenous perspectives, voices, and stories. She works with tribal elders, leaders, and community members across Oklahoma to develop and implement classes, workshops, and digital humanities projects.

Dr. Jackson's work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, and Rhetoric Review. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow and a Fellow with the Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies. She received the 2017 Berlin Award and the 2017 Ohmann Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.