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A Public Re-Memory
After watching this BBC episode, Black and British, last night and giving myself time to think before writing, the thing I found most surprising isn’t necessarily the information itself, but the ideas that spawn from the program. The fact that Britai (More)
Ireland's Connection to the U.S.
I'd never heard the phrase "America is a melting pot" until I made it to college. A lot of classes I've taken have revolved around the idea that, whether or not "The American Dream" is real, it is/was an idea that people from all walks of life bought (More)
Atlanta and the Past
In my many years at Georgia State I have been at war with parking. I somehow always managed to be too late to sign up for any sort of prime parking spot on campus, yet always refused to ever pay for any sort of conventional campus parking on the term (More)
A Tale of Two Creeks
Running a few yards from my last apartment building is a creek. It runs under Scott Blvd, and it is hidden by the green tree canopy. This creek’s name might be Peavine Creek, and it flows into Peachtree Creek. The reason I write “might be” is that th (More)
In the postcolonial world where the history is presented from a white point of view, it is easy to forget that cultures mixing is not a recent history. This white-washing of history leads us to overlook major accomplishments and historical context of (More)
Beyond O'hara: Irish Identity in the South
In Strange Kin Kieran Quinlan explores the relationship between Ireland and the American South. Many, such as my self, automatically jump to Scarlett O'hara in Gone With the Wind or find trouble associating the two regions when asked t (More)
On Perception and Frederick Douglass's Legacy
I have read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass almost every year since my junior year of high school. Rightfully so; it is a harrowing first-hand account of Douglass's fight to freedom after a lifetime of enslavement. Every edition I ha (More)
Douglass's Pictures
Through Frederick Douglass’s creation of his narrative and through him becoming an active public figure with speaking and writing, his words were meant to shape an image of himself. Douglass was always aware of his audiences, including of their preju (More)
Clotel, Southern Exceptionalism, and Sensationalism
Clotel, Or the President's Daughter follows the tragic story of three generations of enslaved women in the American South. Throughout the story, author William Wells Brown harshly critiques the institution of slavery in the United States and cal (More)
Opening Narratives
One of the details from the documentary that I found the most interesting was the origin of the medieval depictions of the three wise men, that still persists in some Christian iconography today, with one of the Wise men being pictured as African. It (More)
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