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I don't know anything about it, but your post drew my eye to a recent announcement from the Koch Foundation on H-Announce. It's a request for proposals for support for research related to "well-being and free societies." I was interested see "cronyism" listed among their more specific possible topics.
Besides Baldwin's letter to his nephew and Bob Teague's and Ta-Nehisi Coates letters to their sons, do you know of any other similar published letters from other African Americans to their descendant men?
I just read about Charles Koch's (one of the Koch brothers) relationship with the United Negro College Fund in the Washington Post,
A review of the timely Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism recently commissioned by and posted on H-Law.
Author: Sarah L. Silkey
Reviewer: Patricia Schechter
Sarah L. Silkey. Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015. 224 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-4557-4.
Might this question also be answered by way of a history of culture? We consider the fact that enslaved black women were involved in personal aspects of rearing the children of white slave owners, from breastfeeding and nursing, to physical nurturing. Could what you describe be a holdover of a kind of embodied mothering, an intimacy that was deemed acceptable between children and caregivers under these circumstances of racial segregation? It is an interesting field of investigation and I look forward to learning more.
I hope you get some interest in pursuing this topic, particularly if taking into consideration the larger context. From what I know about Atlanta and Georgia, Black women organized the Domestic Workers Union in the 1950s. Led by Dorothy Bolden, whose archives are in the Auburn Avenue public library that houses much of the record of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, there were thousands of members and it expanded to a national base. I think it was affiliated with National Welfare Rights Org, since the wages were so low most Black domestic workers in the South were also on welfare.
Dear Mariah Adin--
This is meant as a response to Mariah Adin.
In my 2009 study, Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (Mississippi), I looked at nannies in the South and the North. I conducted oral histories with former nannies and utilized the collection at Baylor University, among others. My oral histories are archived at the Schlesinger Library and the Grand Rapids Public Library.
A Tribute to Richard Blackett: Scholar and Mentor
I would welcome any leads on photographs or artwork depicting African American travelers (particularly travel to Europe or the Caribbean) between the 1890s and 1940s. Images related to the travels of Ida B. Wells, Zora Neale Hurston, or Jessie Redmon Fauset are especially welcome. Please email me with any suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Totten, North Dakota State University
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The U.S. Civil War from 1861-1865 resulted in a forging of a second constitution that in time transformed the structures of American governance. With the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment, the nation recast the relationship between the state and subordinated people. This revolutionary amendment created a national citizenship, set terms for southern states to reenter the union, codified new powers for the federal government, and spurred an enduring struggle for due process and equality under law that continues until today. The Fourteenth Amendment has no single legacy.
With apologies for cross-postings. I seek collaborators for panel proposals I am organizing for both the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) conference March 30-31, 2018 at Brandeis University, and the 2019 Organization of American Historians (OAH) conference, to be held April 4-6, 2019 in Philadelphia.
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The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking applications for the KHS research fellowship program for the fall 2017 cycle.
Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (July 2017)
Our July 2017 issue of the Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage is available online.
A table of contents is set out below. Open access, online versions of these articles should be available on the web site in the near future. Best wishes, Chris
The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its 37th Annual Conference, A Shared Heritage: Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac, May 2-5, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide.