So happy to have been interviewed by The Washington Post. We need to better understand these familiar horrors and the complexities circling around them. For more, see this story about an enslaved woman who inherited the property of a man who almost certainly had coercive moments with her.
What to say? This anthropologist-folklorist-writer inspires. This in from Yale’s Beinecke Library…Zora Neale Hurston: “Aunt Daphne (below on left) & Aunt Rachel, were born & raised on the plantation & were believed to have been nearly 100 years old when the picture was made. This cabin in which they lived was the last of… Continue reading happy birthday, Zora
My husband and I followed part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad tour in Maryland. We have done this twice before after the completion of a conference he attends every other year at the U.S. Naval Academy. We left Annapolis for the new state park center constructed five years ago as a tribute to Tubman,… Continue reading tubman tour fiercely touches me
It’s so nice hearing about the news that John Armfield and Isaac Franklin, two notorious slave dealers, are getting. But I hope that we do not fail to tell the story from the point of view of the enslaved and freedpeople, something I have tried to do with Remember Me to Miss Louisa. Not doing… Continue reading tell a full story
This week, the graduate students enrolled in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course turn to Nikki M. Taylor’s Driven Towards Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2014). I love this book. It has the analytical rigor required of historians, but also the intimacy of an African… Continue reading maddening power and not
As promotion begins and as I prepare to meet with the animator after we get the final map from Cartlab, I am getting geeked. Fingers crossed that this April 16th event is an informative and fun one. It will be a bit nuanced, but it should help us unflatten these old stories that show the… Continue reading April 16th talk becoming real
Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ Wench is a hard novel. But it is so necessary. I remember reading it with recognition a few years ago. This imagined work brought to life the experiences of the enslaved and freedwomen and children who had the “favor” of southern white men while surviving unspeakable horrors. I have always been drawn to… Continue reading tying it together