American History · Native Americans · slavery

Detroit days meet important monograph

I am so looking forward to an upcoming meeting with my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” graduate students. After Spring Break, we turn to Tiya Miles’ recently published historical study on Detroit. Last fall, I told Tiya, a cherished colleague, about how her book helped me see why I felt strong as a woman of… Continue reading Detroit days meet important monograph

alabama · slavery

Book makes Alabama Heritage magazine

My husband walked into the house today with a heavy box from the University of Alabama Press. What was inside? Several copies of the Fall 2017 issue of Alabama Heritage magazine. Among the stories is an article I wrote. The article concerns the historical actors in Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum… Continue reading Book makes Alabama Heritage magazine

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

empathy · slavery · University of Alabama

the horrors…the bridges…the stories

Tonight as I watch WGN’s “Underground” television drama, which poignantly addresses the issue of slavery by often featuring women on the run, I have in the back of my mind “Why Nott,” an event  I attended at the University of Alabama only a couple of hours ago. “Why Nott” was a culminating discussion concerning the history… Continue reading the horrors…the bridges…the stories

archives · John Hope Franklin · slavery

oklahoma talks prompts memory of a great one

This week, I will speak in Oklahoma as a guest of the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians and neighboring state chapters of Phi Alpha Theta. As I prepare to travel to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, I am reminded of one of the state’s great natives: the late historian John Hope Franklin. When I was a… Continue reading oklahoma talks prompts memory of a great one

alabama · photography · slavery

talk at Alabama Department of Archives and History went very well today

I had a great talk at the Alabama Department of Archives and History today even though I was running on fumes. Every copy of my book sold at the gift shop. There were wonderful questions from audience. So glad to see so many eager to discuss our complex past and present. The presentation largely focused… Continue reading talk at Alabama Department of Archives and History went very well today