CONF: TAAHC Fourth Annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture

John Hope Franklin

The Triangle African American History Colloquium (TAAHC) hosts

The Fourth Annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference February 26-27, 2010

“The Triangle African American History Colloquium (TAAHC) is a student-based organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which was founded in January 2005 for the purpose of bringing together students, staff, and faculty who have an interest in African American history and culture. The group emerged from a shared desire to draw attention to research and resources related to black history. Our objectives are fourfold: to link undergraduate and graduate students and faculty across disciplines who share common research interests related to black history and culture; to build reciprocal working networks among students and faculty at UNC and our colleagues on campuses across the Triangle; to raise awareness regarding existing resources on campus and in the larger community related to African American history; and to raise the profile of African American history as a field of study at UNC and other area institutions.

Registration is free and open to the public. Participants will find name tags, programs, and other materials at the registration table on the first floor of Hyde Hall where the majority of the conference events will take place.”

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Charles F. Irons reviews Gabor Boritt and Scott Hancock’s Slavery, Resistance, Freedom (2007)

“Gabor Boritt and Scott Hancock, editors of Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, have combined under one cover six fine essays that illustrate ways in which African Americans shaped the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The slim volume is a fine capstone to a generation of scholarship in which historians have come to understand black Americans as central actors in the sectional conflict. Indeed, the contributors so effectively elaborate the extent of African American agency on the plantation, at war, and in politics that they highlight the interpretive limits of the current scholarly consensus. As Hancock writes in the introduction, the collection highlights “the rich diversity of African Americans’ experiences with and responses to freedom and slavery in the Civil War era.” He also makes clear, however, that the collection attends primarily to those “black people, both slave and free,” who “resisted all kinds of exploitation and degradation” (p. xviii). There is no room within the rich diversity of experience, in other words, for black Americans who decided against active resistance….”

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