Author Interview--Alaina E. Roberts (I’ve Been Here All the While) Part 3

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Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we continue our multipart video interview series with Alaina E. Roberts. We chat about Reconstruction in Indian Territory and how we may need to view this area as how things could have been in the South.

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 the Reconstruction Amendments and African American Voting Rights in the Indian Territory:


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Roberts08 / Niels Eichhorn / April 14, 2021

We continue with the Dawes Act and Land Redistribution to African Americans in the Indian Territory:


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Roberts09 / Niels Eichhorn / April 14, 2021

I ask whether the Indian Territory illustrates what Reconstruction could have been like:


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Roberts10 / Niels Eichhorn / April 14, 2021

We close today with how African American Freedpeople from South and Indian Territory interact:


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Roberts11 / Niels Eichhorn / April 14, 2021