Author Interview--Alaina E. Roberts (I’ve Been Here All the While) Part 1

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Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we feature the first part of our multipart video interview series with Alaina E. Roberts. We chat about the basics of the book and the racism faced by African Americans in the Indian Territory.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Alaina E. Roberts via Zoom. We talked about her forthcoming book I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land, which will be released soon by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The interview is broken up so that you can easily use the material in class.

Alaina E. Roberts is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her writing has also appeared in the Washington PostHigh Country News, Al Jazeera, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Western Historical Quarterly.

These videos are also available on this Playlist

We start with the origin of the book:


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Roberts01 / Niels Eichhorn / March 31, 2021

We follow with the argument of the book:


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Roberts02 / Niels Eichhorn / March 31, 2021

I ask about the unique perspective of looking at the Indian Territory from an Imperial and Border State perspective:


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Roberts03 / Niels Eichhorn / March 31, 2021

We talk about racism in the Indian Territory: 


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Roberts04 / Niels Eichhorn / March 31, 2021