An Ohio State University Series, 2019-2021
In late August 1619 “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown. 2019 marked the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War, with profound legacies running to the present.
During this, the second year of our lecture series, The Ohio State University will move from last year’s focus on the slavery era a year-long program focusing on the legacies of slavery in American and African American life from the post-emancipation period (after the Civil War) to the present time. This year, the series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of the Jim Crow Era, the Modern Civil Rights Movement/Era, and the contemporary issues that continue to reflect a need to address the legacies of centuries of legal, race-based enslavement, segregation and discrimination. We will also offer film screenings, seminars, and Slavery Roundtables. The departments urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.
The 2020-2021 program is made possible by a major grant from the Ohio State Energy Partners.
Department of History
Department of African and African American Studies
Center for Historical Research
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ohio Early American Seminar
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Shaw, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, John Brooke
Members: John Brooke, Joan Cashin, Alice Conklin, Simone Drake, Joan Flores-Villalobos, James Genova, Eric Herschthal, Hasan Jeffries, Ousman Kobo, Ahmad Sikainga, Adam Thomas
2020-2021 Program Events
Several of our presenters have graciously approved recording and posting of their webinars. These links will be available for roughly six months.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Video of this lecture is available for a limited time here.
Professor Fett’s most recent work focuses on the capture of slave ships off the American coast on the eve of the Civil War (in the early 1860s). She offers a new view of a heretofore unexamined “middle passage”—the return of these recaptured people to Africa—that included the detention and containment of “liberated”/recaptive Africans in spaces ranging from US jails and forts to ship holds to special “receptacles” used in Liberia. She will unravel the question about how slavery-based practices of detention continued into suppression procedures for “managing” large numbers of recaptive Africans and how recaptives sought to resist and reclaim those spatial constraints.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Video of this lecture is available for a limited time here.
Lecture: “Slaves of the State: Black Women and Prison Labor in the Post-Civil War South”
Talitha L. LeFlouria
The Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia
LeFlouria is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Award from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations & Labor and Working-Class History Association (2016), the Best First Book Prize from the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (2015); the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians (2015), and others. LeFlouria’s talk will examine the rise of the convict labor system in the South after the Civil War and, especially, the role of Black female convict labor in the creation of Henry Grady’s much touted “New South” between the 1870s and the 1920s.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Via Zoom Webinar
Register for the webinar here.
Judy Richardson’s Civil Rights Movement experiences have influenced her throughout her life, from her work in film — including the 14-hour PBS series Eyes on the Prize — to her work in education. She has, therefore, had the privilege of both living and interpreting this important history. Judy Richardson’s was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, from 1963 to 1966: in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta; in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer”; in Southwest Georgia; and in Lowndes County, Alabama. In 1965 she left SNCC’s Lowndes County project to become the office manager for the successful, first campaign of Julian Bond (then SNCC’s Press Director, later Chair of the NAACP) for the Georgia House of Representatives.
In 1978 she began her first stint with Blackside, Inc., and entered the world of film. She worked on all 14 hours of Blackside’s seminal PBS series, Eyes on the Prize (winner of an Academy Award nomination, six Emmys, the top broadcast journalism awards, and many other honors). She was Series Associate Producer for the second series, content advisor and researcher for the first series, and Education Director for the full series. Also for Blackside, Ms. Richardson co-produced the 2-1/2 hour documentary, Malcolm X: Make It Plain in 1994, and Hopes on the Horizon on African liberation movements.
In 2001 she became a Senior Producer with Northern Light Productions (Boston). With Bestor Cram, the company’s founder, she produced/directed the one-hour PBS documentary Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, about the fatal shootings of three Black students on the campus of South Carolina State College, an HBCU in Orangeburg, S.C., during a protest against a segregated bowling alley.
Her other Northern Light productions include: Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters, a two-hour special for the History Channel on the slave policing system and slave resistance; two videos for the New-York Historical Society’s “Slavery in New York” exhibit; and From Slavery to Freedom, an overview of the history of slavery in the U.S. for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati). She also wrote and produced A Fragile Freedom: African American Historic Sites, a one-hour documentary for The History Channel; and museum orientation films for the Paul Laurence Dunbar historic site (Dayton) and the Museum of African American History (Boston).
She and five other female SNCC activists co-edited Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Published by University of Illinois Press, the anthology includes the memoirs of 52 courageous women on the front lines of the 1960’s Southern Civil Rights Movement.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Via Zoom Webinar
Registration Link: TBA
Lecture: “Policing Black America: A Dialogue”
Shannon King, Associate Professor of History, Fairfield University
and Carl Suddler, Associate Professor of History, Emory University
Shannon King is the author of Whose Harlem Is This, Anyway?: Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era (NYUP 2015). His research and teaching interests include African American urban and cultural history, black freedom studies, and criminal justice and carceral studies. His work has been published in the Journal of Urban History and History: Review of Books and awarded a residency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is working on a book manuscript on race, crime, and punishment in New York City during the 1930s and 40s, tentatively titled, Policing the Crisis: Black Protest and Law and Order in New York City during the Riot Era.
Carl Suddler is an African American historian whose research interests lie at the intersections of youth, race, and crime. Suddler’s scholarship is committed to developing better understandings of the consequences of inequity in the United States. His research and teaching interests are related to twentieth-century U.S. history, African American urban history, histories of crime and punishment, the carceral state, sport history, and histories of childhood and youth. Suddler’s first book, Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York (New York University Press, 2019) points to a critical shift in the carceral turn between the 1930s and 1960s when state responses to juvenile delinquency increasingly criminalized black youths and tethered their lives to a justice system that became less rehabilitative and more punitive. His other works has also appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as the Journal of American History, Journal of African American History, American Studies Journal, as well as op-eds for the Washington Post, The Conversation, and Bleacher Report. Suddler earned his B.A. in History and Black American Studies from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to his appointment at Emory, he was an assistant professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and a postdoctoral fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Via Zoom Webinar
Registration Link: TBA
Lecture: “The Black Athlete: Politics and Protest in the Era of Black Lives Matter: A Dialogue”
Derrick White, Professor of History, University of Kentucky,
and Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
Derrick White earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. He uses the lens of black organizational life to examine modern Black history, sports history, and intellectual history. His most recent book, Blood, Sweat, and Tears chronicles the development of black college football in the twentieth century, and is among the first comprehensive histories of black college athletics. Using the biography of Alonzo “Jake” Gaither and the history of the football program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), he shows how black college football and its supporters created successful programs during segregation by relying on a network of athletic enthusiasts in the media, on campuses, and in the community.
Louis Moore earned his PhD in history from the University of California, Davis. He teaches African American History, Civil Rights, Sports History, and US History. His research and writing examines the interconnections between race and sports. He is the author of two recently published books, I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915 and We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality. He has also written for a number of online outlets including The Shadow League, Vox, and Vocativ, and has appeared on news outlets including NPR, MSNBC, and BBC Sports talking sports and race.
2019-2020 Program Events
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Lecture: “Blackout: Shining a Light on Two Centuries of Forced Illiteracy in the Slave South”
Professor Emeritus, Duke University
Author of Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (1975).
Friday, January 31, 2020
Jennifer L. Morgan
Professor and Chair of Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (2014); and Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in America (2016).
Friday, February 7, 2020
Jonathan M. Square
Assistant Professor for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University.
He is a scholar of fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora.
He is currently working on a new book entitled, “Sartorial Resistance and the Politics of Redress in the Black Atlantic.”
Friday, February 21, 2020
Professor in The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Author of Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (2009) and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolution, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640 (2003).
Friday, February 28, 2020
Winthrop Professor of History, Harvard University and Professor of African and African-American Studies
Author of Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013).