BLOG: Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (2010)
Angelina Ray Johnston / Robinson Wise

BLOG: Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina (2010)

  Johnston, Angelina Ray, and Wise, Robinson. “Commemorating Faithful Slaves, Mammies, and Black Confederates.” Blog. Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina, March 19, 2010. http://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/features/essays/ray_wise/. “…Anxious to refute any suggestion that slavery had required the dehumanization of African Americans, white Southerners recalled their enslaved caretakers as willing “servants” who had been content, even grateful, for their … Continue reading

Baptist On “What the Economist Doesn’t Get About Slavery” in POLITICO Magazine
Edward E. Baptist

Baptist On “What the Economist Doesn’t Get About Slavery” in POLITICO Magazine

“We think of authors as people who lay themselves bare in their books, but perhaps reviewers of books reveal their innermost fears and beliefs as well. That can be true even when—as in the distinguished British periodical the Economist, founded in 1843—the reviewers hide behind anonymity. When Mr./Ms. Anonymous of the Economist reviewed my book … Continue reading

DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: “I will be heard!” Abolitionism in America (Cornell U)
Katherine Reagan / Petrina Jackson

DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: “I will be heard!” Abolitionism in America (Cornell U)

From the introduction: Inspired by conscience and guided by principle, abolitionists took a moral stand against slavery that produced one of America’s greatest victories for democracy. Through decades of strife, and often at the risk of their lives, anti-slavery activists remained steadfast in the face of powerful opposition. Their efforts would ultimately force the issue … Continue reading

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WEB: Visual Culture of the American Civil War

New website: The historical record of the American Civil War includes a vast amount of visual material—photographs, illustrated news periodicals, comic publications, individually-published prints, almanacs, political cartoons, illustrated envelopes, trade cards, greeting cards, sheet music covers, money, and more. The era’s visual media heralded an unprecedented change in the production and availability of pictorial media … Continue reading

BOOK: Willis and Krauthamer on Envisioning Emancipation
Barbara Krauthamer / Deborah Willis

BOOK: Willis and Krauthamer on Envisioning Emancipation

Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer. Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. First Edition. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012. via Temple University Press: The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most important documents in American history. As we commemorate its 150th anniversary, what do we really know about those who experienced slavery? In … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Littlefield on History, Poetry, and Natasha Trethewey’s <i>Native Guard</i>
David C. Littlefield / Natasha Trethewey

ARTICLE: Littlefield on History, Poetry, and Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard

Daniel C. Littlefield, “Reflections on the History Behind the Poetry of Natasha Trethewey.” Historically Speaking 14, no. 1 (2013): 15–18. Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard: Poems. First Edition. Boston: Mariner Books, 2007. First paragraph: “Rita Dove, Pulitzer-Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States as well as of the Commonwealth of Virginia, introduced the … Continue reading

FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s <em>Lincoln</em>
Barbara Krauthamer / Harold Holzer / Kate Masur / Nina Silber / Thavolia Glymph

FILM/ESSAYS: Chronicle “Conversation” on Spielberg’s Lincoln

The Conversation Blog at the Chronicle of Higher Ed hosted a roundtable on Spielberg’s recent release Lincoln: As viewers flock to see Lincoln, and reviewers rave about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance, historians are raising different issues: How accurate is the film’s portrayal of emancipation? What does it leave out? The Chronicle Review asked several scholars to … Continue reading