Boston Seminar on Environmental History: "Amputated from the Land"

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The Boston Seminar on Environmental History presents:


Amputated from the Land: Black Refugees from America and the Neglected Voices of Environmental History


Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA


Bryon Williams, Academy at Penguin Hall

Comment: John Stauffer, Harvard University


This paper focuses on dictated narratives from the 1840s and ‘50s, accounts delivered by blacks who fled the U.S. to settle in the wilds of Ontario. These first-person accounts of environmental encounter and expertise are unrivaled in depth, breadth, and detail among black ecological writing of any era. New environmental histories need such accounts that not only counter dominant American environmental and political myths, but offer black-lived stories of environmental belonging and agency.


Subscribers for the 2018-2019 year may login to download papers. All others who RSVP will receive the paper via email the day before the session.


RSVP required. Email or call 617-646-0579. Attendance is free and open to everyone.


We look forward to seeing you at the MHS!