Author Talk With Richard L. Taylor, Author of Martha's Vineyard: Race, Property, and the Power of Place
SDIO Book Club Recommendations
Recommendations by John Gunning:
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: READING, WATCHING, AND LISTENING
Here are three interesting ways to grow one’s knowledge, understanding, and awareness of Black History and American History. Check out an excellent resource for the study of local history, by reading African American Heritage in Massachusetts: Exploring the Legacy by Rosalyn Delores Elder with photography by Delores Elder-Jones and Rosalyn Delores Elder (African American Heritage Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 2016.) Watch Black Patriots: Heroes of the American Revolution, a documentary produced in 2020 by History – A&E Network. And, listen to a host of stories selected by NPR’s Story Corps for Black History Month.
African American Heritage in Massachusetts: Exploring the Legacy by Rosalyn Delores Elder with photographs by Delores Elder-Jones and Rosalyn Delores Elder (African American Heritage Massachusetts, Boston, 2016).
This book serves as a guidebook and reference for sites that can help inform our understanding of, and appreciation for, African American history throughout the Commonwealth. The author, Rosalyn Delores Elder, covers all regions of the state in 600-plus pages. As a guidebook, the reader can use the book to serve as a planner for trips to each of the eight regions of the state, visiting sites profiled in the book. There are 742 sites identified across 141 towns. There are also 199 stations of the Underground Railroad noted. Profiles span the broad range of historical eras from early settlements to the present day. And, as a reference, the extensive resources section and bibliography provides the reader an opportunity to move beyond this book to develop further their understanding of African American history in Massachusetts.
BLACK PATRIOTS: HEROES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION from HISTORY A&E Networks (2020)
Take a walk through the American Revolution with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who profiles the contributions of Black Americans in the American Revolution: Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, the Dunsmore Ethiopian Regiment, Titus Cornelius and the “Black Brigade,” Phillis Wheatley, the First Rhode Island Regiment, James Armistead, and Elizabeth Freeman. The viewer will learn of the varied roles played by African-Americans in the American Revolution, learning of their experiences, challenges, struggles, and contributions in the war.
This 43-minute presentation draws upon the expertise of historians Christopher Bonner (University of Maryland), Christopher Brown (Columbia University), Graham Hodges (Colgate University), Douglas Egerton (LeMoyne College), Margaret Washington (Cornell University), Adrienne Whaley (Museum of the American Revolution), David Allen Lambert (New England Historic Genealogical Society), and Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Rutgers University). It can be viewed online here. [TV-PG]
STORY CORPS: Celebrating Black History Month
Story Corps records stories of the American experience. Since its beginning, in 2005, the program seeks to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connects between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” Radio programming is produced by National Public Radio.
Listen to stories of the Black experience here.
More to come!