CFP: Hospitality in the Face of Hostility: Stories from South Carolina’s Green Book sites

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
August 9, 2022 to September 1, 2022
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Public History, Race / Ethnic Studies, Race Studies

Call for Papers Hospitality in the Face of Hostility: Stories from South Carolina’s Green Book sites

Deadline for abstract submissions: September 1, 2022

Contact: Dr. Meredith Love, Department of English, Francis Marion University, mlove@fmarion.edu

The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guide for Black travelers published from 1936 to 1967, has enjoyed recent popular and scholarly interest. Podcasts and documentaries, articles and essays, and even full-length books have been devoted to educating readers about the Green Book and the businesses once listed within it.

We invite submissions for an edited collection dedicated to reminiscences about and histories of the Green Book of South Carolina. Most issues of the Green Book included somewhere between 30 and 45 beauty parlors, tourist homes, motels, taverns, gas stations, and restaurants in more than 15 individual South Carolina towns. According to the South Carolina Department of Archives, it is estimated that there were approximately 300 South Carolina businesses listed in the Green Book over the life of the publication; only about 30% are still standing today.

Little is known about the origin of these businesses, the people who ran them, those who found refuge within them, the demise of many of these establishments, and the role that they may have played within their communities. It is our aim to collect essays, written for a general audience, that tell these stories.

Chapter topics might include:

 Reminiscences of travelers or community members who visited sites

 First-person narratives from Green Book site owners

 Local histories about the life of specific Green Book sites

 The role Green Book sites played in the life of the Black community or Black business district

 Narratives of efforts to seek out, preserve, or mark sites in specific cities

 Narratives about musicians and athletes who relied on South Carolina Green Book sites when traveling

Chapters written by public historians, archivists, curators, academics, graduate students, and journalists are welcome. And we would encourage collaboratively written pieces and partnerships among colleges/universities, local historical societies, and community groups. Essays should be 5,000-7,000 words in length, in Chicago format (narrative pieces shorter than 5,000 words will be considered).

Proposals (no more than 1,000 words, including a short bio) are due on September 1 to the editor, Meredith Love (mlove@fmarion.edu).

*We are currently in discussion with a press about possible publication. We hope to make decisions about accepted articles by September 15. Full articles will be due December 31, 2022.

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Dr. Meredith Love, Department of English, Francis Marion University

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