In this episode of History is Gay Leigh and guest host Amanda Helton discuss Mary Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis, the first internationally recognized African American and indigenous artist in the United States. Join us while we ponder how exactly a literal 2-ton sculpture goes missing, discuss the merits of lesbian drama in 1800s Rome, and did you know that blister beetles have been used as aphrodisiacs for centuries? Yeah... neither did we….
Our wonderful guest host for this episode, Amanda Helton, can be found atwww.amandahelton.comor@oryxbesiaon Instagram. You can also hear Amanda in our episode on Michelangelo! Outline 0:00 – Introduction 7:18 – Socio-Historical Context 20:58 – Who were they? Bio Time 25:06 – 26:18 — Content warning: racial violence 30:29 – Fun Segment: Word of the Week 58:27 – Why do we think they're gay? 1:22:52 – Main Takeaways and Final Conclusions 1:27:51 – How Gay were They? 1:30:53 – Closing and Where to Find us Online We want to hear from YOU! Please fill out our first-ever History is Gay Listener Survey! We want to hear from YOU and your thoughts about the show! What do you like? What do you dislike? What do you want us to know? Go towww.historyisgaypodcast.com/survey to fill it out, and if you enter your email, you might win a free HIG tee! Want to help us continue to make the show?Support us on Patreonand get awesome goodies, behind-the-scenes access, special minisodes, and more! You can get super cool merch in ourstore! Shirts, hoodies, totes, a coloring book, and other neat things. If you’d like to help us transcribe the show for our d/Deaf and hard of hearing fans, please head on over towww.historyisgaypodcast.com/transcribeto join the team of volunteers! Find our full list of sources and bonus content atwww.historyisgaypodcast.com. Get at us on twitter@historyisgaypod, tumblr athistoryisgaypodcast, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Don't forget to rate and review so more folks can see the show!