Nov. 13 Boston Seminar on Environmental History

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Boston Seminar on Environmental History at the Massachusetts Historical Society


Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:15 PM


Caroline Grego, University of Colorado Boulder

Ditched: Digging Up Black History in the South Carolina Lowcountry

Comment: Chad Montrie, University of Massachusetts Lowell


For nearly three centuries, Black sea islanders enslaved and free have dug thousands of miles of ditches that channeled the South Carolina Lowcountry, for purposes from rice to phosphate to mosquito control. This piece explores the evolving projects of environmental use and management in the Lowcountry, through the conduit of ditches, and traces the history of how the environment, politics, and labor intersected in the miry ditches of the region from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.


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Unless stated, all seminars take place at the Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, and commence at 5:15 PM. After each session the Society will provide a light buffet supper. In case of inclement weather, phone 617-536-1608 for information.


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