Monthly Archives: February 2014

Where are the Women in the History of Reconstruction?

Over at Claire Potter’s Tenured Radical blog, we had an interesting exchange about women in the history of Reconstruction. Potter chided Eric Foner for eliding the history of women in his review of Douglas R. Egerton’s new Wars of Reconstruction. Potter then … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? “Mixed,” “Biracial,” “Black.”

When the census listed Negro as a race option in 2010, a controversy erupted. My students at the University of Michigan were eager to denounce the term’s use: “Negro? It has to go!” To their ears, “Negro” was derogatory, too close in … Continue reading

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Biracial, and also Black

My winter 2010 seminar began the way I start every class. I made introductory remarks about themes and requirements for my course on the history of race, law and marriage in the United States. “Now,” I prompted, “let’s go around. … Continue reading

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