women's history · African American History

nettie, zora, california, eliza…saying their names

It’s been a powerful week for thinking through the experiences of women. I was able to read a 1950 newspaper article about Alabama-born and Florida-bred novelist Zora Neale Hurston. It was published in The Miami Herald, my former employer. There’s nothing like reading an archival document that permits you to go back in time. Not… Continue reading nettie, zora, california, eliza…saying their names

American History · womanhood

scarlett’s sisters and more

Amazing day with an amazing class. We took up Anya Jabour’s study on the way in which young elite white women in our antebellum past disrupted expectations especially during the Civil War. Time away from home at school permitted some of them to think deeply about the changing world around them that included them. Although… Continue reading scarlett’s sisters and more