As the bobcat rumbled away last week, I admired the transformed hillside next to our school. It had been cleared of the lumpy hillocks and spotted spurge and other pricklier species. We had created a smooth blank canvas, a sandy slope now carved to accommodate the construction of eight cedar beds with wide and mulchy … Continue reading Re-Thinking Space
Anti-black racism has terrorized African Americans throughout the nation’s history, regardless of where in the country they lived. By Christy Clark-Pujara and Anna-Lisa Cox This article was originally published on the blog for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as the first of a five-part series titled "Black Life in Two Pandemics: Histories of … Continue reading How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violence
The Royall House and Slave Quarters presents a conversation with Dr. Vincent Brown and Dr. Timothy McCarthy Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. Register via Eventbrite The Royall House and Slave Quarters invites you to join a dynamic and exciting conversation between Drs. Vincent Brown and Timothy McCarthy about the role of protests and … Continue reading Event: Acts of Rebellion and Envisioning a New Society
A distant cousin of mine, Conrad Hall, recently published a book about the descendants of our fifth-great-grandparents, A Select History of Mathews County, Virginia: 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries and The Family of Robert and Ann Hall. It's a very well-compiled and well-written historical documentation, full of evidence surrounding the origin, environment, and events of … Continue reading Spencer Hall: He Died in the Guinea Trade
It's often the question, isn't it? For historians, of which I am not one, it must be the question that sends reasonable academics down rabbit holes, where subterranean historical societies meet and overstuffed armchairs line up next to roaring fireplaces. As a middle school language arts teacher, I've not often traveled to these complex spaces. … Continue reading Where to Begin?
Martin Blatt and David Harris will discuss their recent essay calling for the renaming of Faneuil Hall.
I recently had the good fortune to be on a planning committee with Dennis Culliton of the Witness Stones Project @witnessstones. He is one of the most dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, and giving educators I have every had the privilege to engage. In that spirit, I asked him if I could share his works cited list … Continue reading Resources from the CAIS Webinar Witness Stones and #Hard History
Wednesday, August 19th | 7:00 pmOld North Digital Speaker SeriesRegister here Public historian and local author Alex Goldfeld will give an illustrated presentation on Boston's African-American community in the 1600s. He will draw on his graduate research in The History of the Streets of Boston's North End to speak about life for Boston's earliest black residents. The … Continue reading Event: “For the Common Benefit of the Place” Black Freedom in Early Boston
A summary essay about the 1839 report on the deliverance of Massachusetts citizens liable to be sold as slaves in slave states and a 1936 reference book on historical Massachusetts judicial cases involving people of color By Edward L. Bell scholarly researcher and writer in New England history Abstract: The 1839 Massachusetts legislative Report on … Continue reading Freeing Eral Lonnon: a Mashpee Indian Presumed a Fugitive Slave in Louisiana, and the Role of Native People in the History of Judicial Abolition in Massachusetts