Congratulations Erica Dunbar! "Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, which is a finalist of the National Book Award, will be adapted as a film. "The book is written by historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar. "Oney "Ona" Judge, a 22-year-old slave, escaped in 1796 and was one of the slaves Washington had with him … Continue reading NEWS: Dunbar’s Never Caught’ to be Adapted for Film
Joe Madison speaks with author Erica Armstrong Dunbar, about her book, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge." Taped in the wake of and with commentary on Charlottesville.
NYT covers Erica Armstrong Dunbar's new book on Ona Judge : "The costumed characters at George Washington’s gracious estate here are used to handling all manner of awkward queries, whether about 18th-century privies or the first president’s teeth. So when a visitor recently asked an African-American re-enactor in a full skirt and head scarf if … Continue reading BLOGROLL: In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington – @NYTimes
Dunbar: " In an interesting departure from the original miniseries, we arrive in Hampshire in 1849 to find an older Chicken George, still immersed in the sport of cockfighting. Sold to an Englishman to cover a gambling debt, George has been stripped from his family, enduring the same pain as his mother and grandfather had before him."
Dunbar: "Kizzy will later tell her son, nicknamed Chicken George, that in that moment she made a conscious decision. As she tells him, “I decided to live.”"
Dunbar: "Although Kinte ultimately answered to his English name, his rejection of Christianity and steadfast belief in Islam are welcome additions to this version of Roots."
Dunbar: "No matter how degrading the situation, the enslaved did not lack humanity, nor were they traumatized beyond dignity—a dated myth that is eviscerated in the first episode. Kinte is reminded of this during his horrific Atlantic crossing when a countryman declares, “The shame is not ours!” The blame of slavery is placed squarely on greed and white racism...."
Erica Armstrong Dunbar (University of Delaware) at Process History on slavery in films: Shortly after its premier, Roots was plagued with controversy regarding the authenticity of Haley’s research and scholarship. But families like mine held fast to the importance of the miniseries. We had no alternatives. Many criticized the romanticized relationships that appeared in Roots, … Continue reading Dunbar on Black Slavery and the General Viewing Audience | Process
Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Associate Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware) discusses early African American women's history, digitization, and constructing historical narratives of black women in the 21st century. From the announcement: On January 26, 2014, during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Director of the Program … Continue reading VIDEO: Dunbar on African American Women’s History in the Digital Age (Philadelphia)