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

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

alabama · Black History Month · courage · slavery

William Bolden Townsend, an Alabama native brings our complex past in view

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to present William Bolden Townsend. He is a descendant of the Townsends freed by Samuel Townsend, a Huntsville planter who left the bulk of an estate worth $5.1 million in today’s currency to ten enslaved children from five enslaved women and their immediate kin. William Bolden Townsend… Continue reading William Bolden Townsend, an Alabama native brings our complex past in view

American History · intimacy

interracial intimacies podcast now up

The podcast for the January 26, 2016 talk on interracial intimacies with New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Wayne State University Associate Professor of English Lisa Ze-Winters and University of Alabama Professor of English Trudier Harris is now available. It’s been more than a month since this difficult conversation. There will doubtless be others… Continue reading interracial intimacies podcast now up