I had a blast on yesterday visiting four historic sites – the Old Tavern, Capitol ruins, Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion and the old L & N railroad station (present-day 301 Bistro, Bar and Beer Garden) – in Tuscaloosa with my Antebellum America class. It was hot, but we got through it. One highlight was… Continue reading visits to historic sites went well
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
The rain, wind and lightning were coming down very hard, but sixteen students, our graduate teaching assistant Liam Adkison, and I joined Steve Davis, historian for UA’s Bryce Hospital, for a wonderful tour. What a walk through time for my “American Civilization Since 1865” class! I learned the 22nd patient was an African American man.… Continue reading awesome visit to Bryce Hospital
I went through my smartphone to find images that give way to thoughts about my coming lecture on “Waterways” in my Antebellum America class. The first is a close up of a piece of fish leather I purchased in Iceland in Summer 2017. My time in the North Atlantic pushed my thinking on the use… Continue reading water power
My new book, Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America (Northern Illinois University Press, 2015) is finally in my publisher’s distribution center. My book delves into a difficult topic. It concerns how antebellum blacks and whites in the American South and elsewhere “knew” each other in ways that go beyond the… Continue reading new book finally here
Here is a Youtube clip featuring a zine revealing the connections some of my students made between a turn-of-the-century scrapbook kept by a young Bessemer, Alabama, woman, their own lives and the antebellum period. So much of the material before us emerged as being a “coming of age” moment. It was a pleasure teaching this group.
Next Tuesday, the students enrolled in my Antebellum America course will visit the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection in the University of Alabama’s Gorgas Library. Nancy Dupree, curator for the collection, will discuss the contents from three turn of the century scrapbooks once owned by young Alabama women. The visit coincides with the course’s attention… Continue reading antebellum “coming of age” moments via old scrapbooks