For all the attention to Lincoln’s ideas and motivations, however, there has been very little focus on the delegates’ side of the story. For decades no one even knew who they were, much less what they stood for. Drawing on the work of the historian Benjamin Quarles, many believed that four of the five delegates were uneducated former slaves, hand-picked by Lincoln and his colonization commissioner, James Mitchell, to be pliable and subservient.
In fact, all five of the men who listened to Lincoln’s case for colonization were members of Washington’s free black elite, chosen by a formal meeting of representatives from Washington’s independent black churches.
Continue Reading Kate Masur on Lincoln’s emigration proposal and the views of African American delegates
Well-Read Lives evolved from my interest in women’s history and biography that my father did not live to witness. He would surely have had his doubts about the gender angle. But I like to think that my admiration for his literary interests informed my choice of subject, if not my approach to it.
Continue Reading Barbara Sicherman: It Happened in the Archives
American Studies, Author blog entry, Gender Studies, Guest Bloggers, History, Women's Studies |
19th century, american women, barbara sicherman, libraries, New York, Well-Read Lives |
Many scholars have traced the parallels between the American Revolution and the Civil War. But in today’s global age, it is time we recognize that the first American Revolution was not the only revolution to influence America’s Civil War.
Continue Reading Andre M. Fleche: The “Second American Revolution” in a Global Age
In this excerpt from Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels & Stage Europeans in African American Performance, McAllister describes some 19th-century black fashionistas in New York and Charleston.
Continue Reading Book excerpt: Whiting Up, by Marvin McAllister
African American History, African American Studies, American History, American Studies, Excerpts, History, Theatre & Performing Arts |
19th century, charleston, marvin mcallister, New York, race, Whiting Up |
Slave children, with almost an alabaster complexion, straight hair, and blue eyes, whose mothers were jet black, or brown, were often a great source of annoyance in the Southern household, and especially to the mistress of the mansion.
Continue Reading Book Excerpt: My Southern Home, by William Wells Brown
In this excerpt from ‘Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston,’ by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, we meet a family of free black women who possessed an unusual amount of wealth and autonomy.
Continue Reading Amrita Chakrabarti Myers: Forging Freedom – An Excerpt
African American History, African American Studies, American History, Excerpts, Southern Studies, Women's Studies |
19th century, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, antebellum, black women in the south, charleston, Forging Freedom
Recent books in Native American and indigenous studies from UNC Press.
Continue Reading Your American Indian Heritage Month Reading List
Foreign policy historian James Edward Miller provides background on the current financial and political predicament of Greece and the European Union.
Continue Reading James Edward Miller: Greece and the EU Face Their Walt Kelly Moment
Author blog entry, Current Events, Economics, European History, Global Studies, Guest Bloggers, History, Political Science |
19th century, 20th century, european union, finance, greece, james edward miller, the united states & the making of modern greece, turkey
The majority of human civilizations across time and place have not organized themselves into nuclear family units based on monogamous, heterosexual coupling. Native North American societies provide hundreds of alternative examples.
Continue Reading Rose Stremlau: History’s Definition of an American Family
American History, Author blog entry, Gay / Lesbian Studies, Gender Studies, Guest Bloggers, History, Native Amer./Indigenous Studies |
19th century, cherokee, marriage, Native American, rose stremlau, same-sex marriage, sustaining the cherokee family, UNC Press authors |
The commissioner of Indian affairs urged that “[the Indian] must be imbued with the exalting egotism of American civilization so that he will say ‘I’ instead of ‘We’ and ‘This is mine’ instead of ‘This is ours.'”
Continue Reading Encouraging selfishness on the reservation: An excerpt from Cahill’s Federal Fathers & Mothers
American History, Native Amer./Indigenous Studies, Politics, UNC Press Authors |
19th century, 20th century, Cathleen Cahill, federal fathers and mothers, First Peoples, First peoples new directions, gender history, Native American
UNC Press author Kenneth M. Price recently uncovered a cache of 3,000 documents written and signed by American poet Walt Whitman at the National Archives.
Continue Reading Whitman Scholar Kenneth Price Uncovers New Trove of Poet’s Documents
American History, American Studies, Biography / Autobiography, Civil War, Literature, Poetry, UNC Press Authors, UNC Press News |
19th century, civil war literature, kenneth price, walt whitman |
We’re delighted to share lots of good news today. The 2010 Lillian Smith Book Award has been awarded to two UNC Press books this year: Amy Louise Wood’s Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America and Charles W. Eagles’s The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Old Miss. The prize, presented…
Continue Reading Award winners: Blair Kelley, Amy Wood, Charles Eagles
African American Studies, American History, Blair L. M. Kelley, Southern Studies, UNC Press Authors, Women's Studies |
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Back in April we mentioned a call for papers for the inaugural edition of The Journal of the Civil War Era, a peer-review journal published in collaboration with UNC Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Pennsylvania State University. There’s been great response, and the issues are starting to take…
Continue Reading The starting lineup for The Journal of the Civil War Era
African American History, American History, Civil War, History, Labor Studies, Law / Legal History, Political Science, Southern Studies, UNC Press News, Women's Studies |
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Earlier this month the 12th annual Harlem Book Fair hosted a panel that included UNC Press authors Frank A. Guridy and Stephen Gillroy Hall. A video of the discussion, called “Can We Tell the Truth About the Black Past?”, is available through C-SPAN’s Book TV, which can be viewed here. Guridy is the author of…
Continue Reading WATCH: Harlem Book Fair Panel – “Can We Tell the Truth about the Black Past?”
African American History, African American Studies, Cuba, UNC Press Authors, UNC Press News |
19th century, black diaspora, duke university press, frank guridy, harlem book fair, jim crow, stephen g. hall