The publications of the Black Protestant press represent one under-utilized source for the intellectual and cultural history of Black women in the South, likely due to lack of access, as most religious periodicals have not been fully digitized. My current book project examines the contributions of women to the A.M.E. Church Review, the quarterly publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, from 1884 to 1924. One of the key chapters treats a long-running (1903-1912) travel column in the Review, authored by a woman, E.
Incredible, if not entirely unanticipated, scenes! In response to some of your questions I have the following thoughts offered as a non-expert on US politics:
The invasion of the US Capitol doesn't seem to have been a coup, which would imply organisation and coordination of a higher standard than was on display. If disruption is the zeitgeist, then this was a disruptive event rather than an insurrection, which implies a sustained, and usually armed, uprising.
No doubt many scholars are concerned and have strong opinions about the recent attack in Washington, D.C. I wanted to offer some preliminary questions and reactions, in a scholarly tone, with the reminder upfront that these are open for informed debate. The world is sorely starved for balanced academic discussion, and H-Nationalism is a forum for that. All comments, as per usual, are moderated before publication.
Just some scattered reflections as a scrambling finale to an incredible year.
I agree with Toms Kencis’ well-thought comments. Thank you so much for these, which are also useful for the research I am carrying out.
SUCH AN IMPORTANT QUESTION!!! In terms of "the popular mind," I think of this as a matter of WHY as well as HOW we make Southern women's history better known. I'm working on a biography of Mary Richards Denman -- an African American woman often "misremembered" as Mary Bowser. She was a key figure in the pro-Union underground that operated in Richmond during the war; she also had a fascinating life before and after the war.
Allow me to add a few additional conjectures to this discussion.
First, please allow expressing my gratitude towards Dr. Daniele Conversi for such insightful and interesting split of the question. And second - my two cents on recent East European/postsocialist perspective of the question.
A comment from Dr. Daniele Conversi:
The relationship between nationalism and environmentalism/ecologism (the two shouldn’t be conflated) is a fascinating one – and one that indeed needs to be explored in detail. Thank you for posing it.
As currently framed, the question needs first to be contextualised. Perhaps it should be divided into three main historically grounded sub-questions: