Join the editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era for a book discussion with Dr. Alexandra Finley, author of An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade (UNC Press, 2020). Thurs. Dec. 3 @ 4 pm Eastern.
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Historians! Any recommendations for a 1960s reader? Need something to supplement my own narrative history (The Long Sixties: America, 1955-1973, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and Brian Ward's The 1960s: A Documentary Reader in an upper-level undergrad seminar. Bloom, maybe? Chalmers' The Portable Sixties Reader is hardly portable at 670 pages. Is there an author/title that I'm missing? Thanks! --Chris Strain
I have your paper in my collection of papers and I found it to be very interesting. It turned out that one of the leaders of the opposition to changing a name here in Dallas was an immigrant from Poland and I told him about your paper. It didn't have an effect on his opposition. Sorry about the delay in reply.
Landscape reparations is definitely an interesting concept for the field of toponymy.
In the early 2000s, I wrote an article about the renaming of a street in Chicago from that of a white farmer/settler to a Polish-American hero. There was a big fight about it, one that lasted 19 years.
Although it is primarily narrative rather than theoretical, perhaps it would be helpful to you in some way:
“The Street Formerly Known as Crawford,” Chicago History (Spring 2001): 36-51.
The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America has launched the #SuffrageSyllabus, a collaborative teaching resource on the intersectional history of women and voting in the United States. The syllabus includes lesson plans, primary and secondary sources. https://long19.radcliffe.harvard.edu/teaching/suffrage-syllabus/ Many thanks to the members of H-Afro-Am who contributed ideas for the #SuffrageSyllabus!
I'm looking for a bibliography on African-American maritime history, ideally from colonization through the early 20th century. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
I am working with Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library to create an intersectional #suffragesyllabus on the gendered and racialized history of voting rights in the United States from the 1830s to the present. Highlighting the ideas
The Abbott-Sengstacke Papers at the Chicago Public Library include financial records, correspondence and other items that may include the information you are looking for. The finding aid (https://www.chipublib.org/fa-abbott-sengstacke-family-papers-2/) show a gap in the Defender's financial records from the late 1920s, however it is possible that the records are part of the estate dispute that started around the period you are interested in.
The Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers are held by the Chicago Public Library. The collection is pretty extensive and holds personal & professional business records and correspondence.
PhD student | Northwestern University
I am looking for business records for the Chicago Defender pertaining to funds collected in 1926/27 in support of plans to build a monument in Brazil. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Thanks very much,
Associate Professor of Art History
Welch School of Art & Design
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4107
Atlanta, GA 30302
Dear H-Afro-Am Network,
My article entitled, "Why Right-wing Commentators Distort the History of Slavery and Emancipation," was published in the Washington Post on December 6, 2019. It may be of interest to many in this group.
Tyler D. Parry
In The News
I have Austin book. I'm looking for an article he referenced in it. Louis Harlan, "The Prince: The Biography of a Slave" (mostly a condensation of Sydnor) , and B. Marie Perinbam, "Abd al-Rahman: A Critical Note," in Job Ben Solomon and Abd al-Rahman: The Stories of Two Men in Slavery (Washington, D.C. American Historical Society, 1970).
Dear Muhammad and Lasana,
I don't know if this will be helpful, but you can find full text publications of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, Omar ibn Said, and other African Muslim slave narratives at the UNC collection "Documenting the American South" (link below). You may also be interested in my article on three African Muslim "conversion narratives" in A/B: Auto/Biography Studies. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy.
Peace. You may wish to try your/a university library. Upon a searching my university's online stacks, I was able to locate a copy of the Austin's work (i.e, the 759p. Sourcebook). In fact, it's available at several libraries in the system. If you're affiliated with a university, you may wish to pursue interlibrary loan.
Other than that, I checked Biblio.com and a few other rare book dealer sites, but could not find the book.
I hope this is helpful.
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Join us for guest speaker Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and Founder and President of Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, as he discusses the era of segregated vacation spots on the Chesapeake Bay. Award-winning recording artist Karen Somerville and acclaimed pianist and composer Shajid McMillan will join Leggett in paying tribute to the musicians who performed at those resorts.
To mark this year’s International Jazz Day, we are happy to share our collection of films that explore the invaluable contribution of black artists to music history!
Gustavo Paredes, 1985, 59 mins
“Fighting the Dogs": Fugitivity, Canine Hunters, and Slave Resistance in the Rural South
Author: Tyler Parry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Comment: Harriet Ritvo, MIT
The Crossing Cultures Lecture Series at Washington College presents a free virtual film screening and discussion with award-winning director Stanley Nelson about his documentary "Freedom Riders." This year marks the 60th anniversary of the journey, when 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives challenging Jim Crow segregation through the Deep South in May 1961.
New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout—In this episode,
We are reclaiming space on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
About this Event
Join the Antiracist Liberation in this community conversation as we hold space for the millions of African ancestors who perished along the Middle Passage and those who survived that harrowing journey whose descendants are spread out across the Atlantic world.
Relationality in American Art
Courtauld Institute of Art (online), Centre for American Art
Jun 24–25, 2021
Call For Papers
The Papers of Andrew Jackson is pleased to announce that the third webinar of our 2020-2021 series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 4-5pm (eastern). Dr. Nakia D. Parker will give a presentation entitled: “‘I Saw a Trail to the Big River, and then I Cried’: Indian Removal and Slavery in the Native South.” To preregister for this webinar, please visit: tiny.utk.edu/pajwebinarmarch24.
2021 Black History Theme
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