africa · American History

dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands

This week, Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust novel, which receives inspiration from her ancestral connections to the Gullah Sea Islands (and offers the back story for characters in her pivotal 1991 film Daughters of the Dust), are front in center in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. I have so much to think… Continue reading dash, gendered storytelling and the gullah sea islands

American History · Civil War

from the mouths of brilliant young people….swag

My husband always said “Limbs are made for climbing out on.” So, it was with pleasure I told students enrolled in my “Antebellum America Swagger,” a capstone research and writing class at the University of Alabama, these same words. I was not sure if they would understand how the word “swagger,” which has been in… Continue reading from the mouths of brilliant young people….swag