Join the editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era for a book discussion with Dr. Alaina Roberts author of I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land. Wed. April 14 @ 4 pm ET.
Free and open to all. Register here: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8N-SVYYPSkC-k-1SWQOvKg
Dr. Alaina Roberts is assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. She joins the JCWE editors to discuss her first book, I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land, which was just published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
From University of Pennsylvania Press: Perhaps no other symbol has more resonance in African American history than that of "40 acres and a mule"—the lost promise of Black reparations for slavery after the Civil War. In I've Been Here All the While, we meet the Black people who actually received this mythic 40 acres, the American settlers who coveted this land, and the Native Americans whose holdings it originated from.
In nineteenth-century Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma), a story unfolds that ties African American and Native American history tightly together, revealing a western theatre of Civil War and Reconstruction, in which Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Indians, their Black slaves, and African Americans and whites from the eastern United States fought military and rhetorical battles to lay claim to land that had been taken from others.