Ed Baptist (originally from Durham) , author of The Half that's Never Been Told, gave a lecture at St. Phillips last week. He's a professor of history at Cornell. Points that were most interesting:
1. He spoke about an enslaved person named Louis Hughes who wrote "Thirty Years a Slave" He was from Virginia (Scottsville) and moved to Arkansas.
2. I need to look at WPA narratives.
3. In ante- bellum U. S. women were encouraged to have one outfit per day.
4. Enslaved persons represented a huge commodity, even bigger than cotton.
5. When Louis Hughes went back to get his belongings, his former owner said -- "I wish you luck, bad luck"
6. He said he "was stole, not sold."
7. look at Paul Jennings
8. the book Ebony and Ivy.