Reclaiming Lost Voices and Recovering History: A Discussion with Erica Armstrong Dunbar


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In this episode you’ll hear about: reclaiming lost voices, recovering history, and a discussion of the book Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.

Our guest is: Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, a late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century scholar with a specialization in African American women’s history. From 2011 to 2018 she was the Inaugural Director of the Program in African American history at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has written numerous articles, reviews, essays, and books including Never Caught, and has given scholarly talks across the country. She is the National Director of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), and is the Charles and Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, a historian of women and gender.

Listeners to this episode might be interested in:

  • Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
  • Daina Ramey Berry and Erica Armstrong Dunbar, “The Unbroken Chain of Enslaved African Resistance and Rebellion.” In The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement, edited by N. Parker, 35-61. New York: Atria/Simon and Schuster, September 2016.
  • The Association of Black Women Historians
  • The Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Armstrong’s website
  • The African-American studies channel on NBN
  • The History Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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