[Blackstudies-l] SAVE THE DATE: “A New Deal for the Old South: The WPA Ex-Slave Narratives & the Politics of History” (on Wednesday, October 23 at 4PM, Newton 204)

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Fri Oct 18 16:30:48 EDT 2019

The History Department is proud to host Dr. Carole Emberton from the
University at Buffalo who will give a talk on her current book project: “A
New Deal for the Old South: The WPA Ex-Slave Narratives & the Politics of
History.”  The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at 4:00 pm
in Newton 204.  This event is also supported by an MLA Humanities
Innovation Course Development Grant (HUMN 222: Black Humanities).  Students,
faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

The interviews with formerly enslaved people conducted in the 1930s,
collectively known as the WPA Narratives, are possibly the most
set of primary sources in American history. Professor Emberton’s talk will
examine how the interviews came to be a part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New
and why they continue to be misunderstood, and at times, misused, by
historians. She will also offer advice for using the interviews based upon
extensive reading of them as part of her current book project on the ways
enslaved people experienced and remembered the Civil War and emancipation.
Professor Emberton is the author of *Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and
the American South after the Civil War* (University of Chicago Press,
2013). She is also the recipient of an NEH Public Scholar Award for her
current book, "The Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner: An Intimate History of
Freedom," which will be published by W.W. Norton.

Justin Behrend, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the History Department
SUNY Geneseo

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