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Race and Ethnicity

Conceptualizing Latino/a History

In this panel discussion, Pablo Mitchell, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, and Andrés Reséndez deliberate on ways to incorporate Latino/a histories into Anglo American history, often portrayed as distinct narratives.

Martha Sandweiss: Is There Anything More to See?

In this thirteen minute presentation, historian Martha Sandweiss challenges assumptions and some of the uses of Civil War photographs as historical documents. Although biased, unreliable, and unrepresentative, the images are mostly used as illustrations of events. .

Anthony Lee: Is There Anything More to See?

In this 15 minute talk, art historian, curator, and photographer Anthony Lee provocatively examines Civil War era photography by way of one case study. The discovery, in June 2010, of a supposedly rare carte-de-visite depicting two African-American boys began a contentious ordeal over the monetary and historic value of the artifact

Mary Niall Mitchell: Is There Anything More to See?

Historian Mary Niall Mitchell uses less known and difficult to understand photographs to discuss the use of photography as propaganda during the Civil War.

The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture and America’s Most Famous Opera

Andrea Ades Vasquez interviews Ellen Noonan about her forthcoming book The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess (University of North Carolina Press, fall 2012) and the current Broadway revival of the show.

Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Frank Deale: A Brief History of Affirmative Action and CUNY

At the Professional Staff Congress's CUNY and Race Forum, attorney and professor Frank Deale provides historical context for issues surrounding affirmative action and the City University of New York.

Ellis Island: Place and Paradigm

Historian Vincent DiGirolamo discusses the historiography of early 20th-century immigration through Ellis Island.

Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Professor, curator, photographer Deborah Willis discusses the pictorial record and a "new memory of photography."

Grassroots Politics and Reconstruction

Historian Gregory Downs explains how grassroots political movements powered both the radical political possibilities and the ultimate violent defeat of Reconstruction.

Scott Reynolds Nelson: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Scott Reynolds Nelson presents three rarely explored aspects of the Civil War.

Gary W. Gallagher: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Gary W. Gallagher discusses the concept of union in the nineteenth century and its importance in the Civil War.

Gregory Downs: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Gregory Downs (City College of New York, City University of New York) explains the range of scholarly approaches that shape our understanding of the Civil War.

Stephanie McCurry: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian Stephanie McCurry (University of Pennsylvania) explains why understanding the Confederacy from the inside out changes our understanding of the Civil War.

James Oakes: Did the Real War Ever Get in the Books?

Historian James Oakes describes how the interpretation of the Emancipation Proclamation as a turning point in the Civil War has obscured its pre-war origins.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 1]

In the first part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

Mae Ngai: Historical Perspectives on Labor and Immigration Policy

As part of the 100th anniversary remembrance of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, historian Mae Ngai explores the relationship between organized labor and immigration policies.

Like It’s Still Going On: A Civil War Sesquicentennial Reading and Discussion [part 2]

In the second part of this two-part panel discussion, held at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, distinguished contemporary American writers Frank Bidart, Vijay Seshadri, and Kevin Young talk about writing about the Civil War 150 years after it began.

Stan Deaton: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Stan Deaton (Georgia Historical Society) discusses the challenges his institution is facing when discussing and commemorating the 150 anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

What If Poor Mothers Ran the World? Rethinking the War on Poverty

Historian Annelise Orleck (Dartmouth College) tells the incredible story of a gutsy band of former cotton-pickers and hotel maids who led the welfare reform movement in Las Vegas and around the nation.

Immigrants of the Irish Famine (1845-1855)

Historian Carol Groneman, whose dissertation grounds the scholarship of ASHP's documentary "The Five Points: New York's Irish Working Class in the 1850s," looks at what happened when immigrants of the Irish famine came to the United States (1845-1855)

Teaching With Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

In this three-part video podcast, ASHP/CML's Donna Thompson Ray shares the benefit of her area of expertise with New York City Department of Education teachers in a discussion about the work of artist Jacob Lawrence.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Historian Fritz Umbach and Anthropologist Kojo Dei (John Jay College, CUNY) put the history of the transatlantic slave trade into a long and complex global context.

Free Blacks in the South: The Life of Thomas Day

In this Now and Then podcast, Donna Thompson Ray (ASHP) interviews Peter H. Wood (Duke University, professor emeritus) about the life of Thomas Day, a free black cabinetmaker in the Antebellum South.

Slavery and Community

Gregory Downs (City College of New York, CUNY) explores how, in building their own worlds, slaves both sustained their own humanity and altered the institution of slavery.

Hispanic Migration to the United States

Carlos Sanabria (Hostos Community College, CUNY) discusses Hispanic migration to the U.S. in the post-World War Two era.

“They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!”

  • Date posted: May 18, 2009

Former Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. shares his personal history of race in the United States during World War II.

Freedom and the U.S. Civil War

Jeanie Attie (Long Island University) examines the significance of slavery to the people who fought in and lived during the American Civil War.

Land and Labor in the Era of Reconstruction

Martha Hodes (New York University) explores the many meanings of freedom that emerged at the end of the Civil War.

Immigration, Race, and Citizenship

In this talk to New York City schoolteachers, historian Matthew Jacobson challenges conventional notions about America's immigrant past.

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