AWARDS: Organization of American Historians 2018 List

Awardees of interest include Brittney C. Cooper, Tiya Miles (twice), Edward L. Ayers, Richard White, Ula Yvette Taylor, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Ashley D. Farmer, Tera W. Hunter, C. Riley Snorton (honorable mention), Alexandra J. Finley, and Nakia D. Parker.

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A Storify: Tweets from #UnboundJHU held at JHU March 8-9, 2018

Click here for tweets from #unboundJHU held at Johns Hopkins University, March 8-9, 2018. This conference was sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies and co-organized by Katrina Bell McDonald, Tera Jordan, and Jessica Marie Johnson. For more: (Storify compiled by @jmjafrx)

Featured Image: Tera Hunter, Professor of History at Princeton University and author of Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

Note: Storify is closing up shop on May 17, 2018 and tweets tend to disappear from Twitter after 10-14 days. Screenshot your favorite tweets and download any media as needed for your own archive.

BOOK: Hunter on Slave and Free Black Marriage in the 19th Century 

Tera W. Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century. Harvard University Press, 2017. 

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Disunion at The New York Times

Launched in 2011, “Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.” The series ended in June of 2016. The full archive of posts is available at the New York Times website.

Posts that might be of interest:

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BOOK: Hunter on Southern Black Women After the Civil War

Hunter To Joy My Freedom

Tera W. Hunter, To “Joy My Freedom:” Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998.

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“As the Civil War drew to a close, newly emancipated black women workers made their way to Atlanta—the economic hub of the newly emerging urban and industrial south—in order to build an independent and free life on the rubble of their enslaved past. In an original and dramatic work of scholarship, Tera Hunter traces their lives in the postbellum era and reveals the centrality of their labors to the African-American struggle for freedom and justice. Household laborers and washerwomen were constrained by their employers’ domestic worlds but constructed their own world of work, play, negotiation, resistance, and community organization.

Hunter follows African-American working women from their newfound optimism and hope at the end of the Civil War to their struggles as free domestic laborers in the homes of their former masters. We witness their drive as they build neighborhoods and networks and their energy as they enjoy leisure hours in dance halls and clubs. We learn of their militance and the way they resisted efforts to keep them economically depressed and medically victimized. Finally, we understand the despair and defeat provoked by Jim Crow laws and segregation and how they spurred large numbers of black laboring women to migrate north.

Hunter weaves a rich and diverse tapestry of the culture and experience of black women workers in the post–Civil War south. Through anecdote and data, analysis and interpretation, she manages to penetrate African-American life and labor and to reveal the centrality of women at the inception—and at the heart—of the new south.”

Hunter on Slave Marriages and Slave Families (NPR)

"A Slave Auction," Edmund Ollier, Cassell's History of the United States (London, 1874-77), Vol.3, p. 199, as shown on, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library." (fictional representation, click image for more)

“During the slavery era, when slaves wanted to get married, it often presented a range of complexities that today’s couples can’t even begin to comprehend. Professor Tera Hunter, who teaches history at Princeton University, talks with host Michel Martin about jumping the broom during slave times.”

Listen at Slave Marriages, Families Were Often Shattered By Auction Block : NPR.