freedom · slavery · underground

another great episode of Underground

Another wonderful episode of WGN’s Underground last night. Stine is on the run. Rosalee and Noah, too. Earlier in the day, I shared Stephanie Camp’s Closer to Freedom, an amazing monograph on how black women negotiate freedom on plantations, with a grad student. I told her how historians can intuit a lot with even the… Continue reading another great episode of Underground

American History · photography · trains

steam locomotive photography captures an era

Tonight I attended the reception for the latest exhibit at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum here in Tuscaloosa. The exhibit features the photography of David Plowden who is known for capturing American landscapes. The photos in this exhibit reflect his fascination with steam locomotives, which were first seen in Great Britain in the early… Continue reading steam locomotive photography captures an era

intimacy · race · southern history

intimacies conference a success

Just returned home – and in a hurry so as to avoid the A-Day traffic – from the “Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere” symposium in Hotel Capstone at the University of Alabama. It was so wonderful listening to scholars address the difficult issue of intimacy and race. The program is… Continue reading intimacies conference a success

American History · art

using art to ponder ideas about race

“the most important thing is that I had a purpose….”- Harriet Tubman I am watching the encore of WGN’s “Underground.” It is the best show on television now. I leave the classroom talking about those critical years approaching the Civil War. I come home to this wonderful show. And in between? In between I had… Continue reading using art to ponder ideas about race