Author Interview--Alaina E. Roberts (I’ve Been Here All the While) Part 2

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Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we continue our multipart video interview series with Alaina E. Roberts. We chat about slavery and the different end of slavery 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 today with my question of how plantations in the Indian Territory looked like:


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Roberts05 / Niels Eichhorn / April 7, 2021

We get into the issue of Native People seeing themselves as "Civilizers" in Indian Territory:


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Roberts06 / Niels Eichhorn / April 7, 2021

We conclude today by talking about how slavery ended in the Indian Territory by treaty :


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Roberts07 / Niels Eichhorn / April 7, 2021