slavery http://wamc.org en The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference http://wamc.org/post/underground-railroad-history-project-capital-regions-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 11 – 13),<a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/"> The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> will present their 13th Public History Conference. This year’s conference is entitled <a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/page_id476/"><em>Slavery and the Underground Railroad: the Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy</em></a> and is co-sponsored by <a href="http://www.sage.edu/rsc/">Russell Sage College</a>, The Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College, and the <a href="http://www.rchsonline.org/">Rensselaer County Historical Society</a>.</p><p>Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87681 at http://wamc.org The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference Sex Trafficking: NY Couple Arrested in Utah http://wamc.org/post/sex-trafficking-ny-couple-arrested-utah <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:57:56 +0000 Dave Lucas 87239 at http://wamc.org Sex Trafficking: NY Couple Arrested in Utah "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd http://wamc.org/post/invention-wings-novel-sue-monk-kidd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Invention of Wings</em>, Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.</p><p>Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85487 at http://wamc.org "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-anne-northup-slavery-and-birth-american-cuisine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight New York Humanities and discuss Anne </span>Northup<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine.</span></p><p><em>12 Years a Slave</em>, which just won the Oscar for Best Picture, tells the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped from upstate New York and sold into slavery. Told from his point of view, the movie doesn't tell what happened to his family while he was gone. This week we'll learn about his wife Anne, who worked as a cook at the Morris-Jumel House in New York City.</p><p>Our guests are: Carol Ward, Executive Director of <a href="http://www.morrisjumel.org/">Morris-Jumel House</a> and Emilie Gruchow, Archivist at Morris-Jumel House.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85329 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder http://wamc.org/post/ebony-ivy-craig-steven-wilder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.</p><p>But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916818/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1596916818&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1596916818" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74924 at http://wamc.org Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder Rob Edelman: Truth In Advertising http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-truth-advertising <p>Reviewer Rob Edelman takes a look at the history of slavery in cinema upon the release of <em>12 Years A Slave</em>...</p><p>For sure, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> is one of the best films not just of the season but of the year. However, there is one point about the subject matter explored in the film that deserves to be challenged. At the start of the Toronto Film Festival press conference for <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, the film’s director, Steve McQueen, casually observed that the subject of slavery “hasn’t been given a platform in cinema.” Well, this simply is not so.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 76456 at http://wamc.org Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave http://wamc.org/post/solomon-northup-complete-story-author-twelve-years-slave <p></p><p></p><p>Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> which opens at <a href="http://www.spectrum8.com">The Spectrum Theatre</a> in Albany this Friday.</p><p>The new biography, <em>Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave</em> provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.</p><p>The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at <a href="http://www.union.edu">Union College</a> in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at <a href="http://tang.skidmore.edu">the Tang</a> at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76479 at http://wamc.org Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave Albany Conference On Human Trafficking http://wamc.org/post/albany-conference-human-trafficking <p></p><p>According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.&nbsp; Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.</p><p>The event at the University at Albany&rsquo;s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college&#39;s School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose:&nbsp;to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:33:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 74843 at http://wamc.org Albany Conference On Human Trafficking NY Legislative Spotlight On Human Trafficking http://wamc.org/post/ny-legislative-spotlight-human-trafficking <div><p>As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation.&nbsp; If you search "New York Sex Trafficking" on Google news, you'll find more than 12,000 recent articles. Awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:39:40 +0000 Dave Lucas 67313 at http://wamc.org NY Legislative Spotlight On Human Trafficking The Book Show #1290 - Tara Conklin http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1290-tara-conklin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In Tara Conklin's debut novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062207393/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0062207393&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The House Girl: A Novel</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0062207393" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, live lives that unexpectedly intertwine.</p><p>2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.</p><p>1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm—an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61481 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1290 - Tara Conklin