Stubborn Archives: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Lecture Description

Historians can face challenges when reconstructing lives not preserved and curated in traditional archives, and obstacles require creativity and strategy to overcome. Nevertheless, finding the gems, oftentimes from scraps of information and clues, reveals some of the joys of our work. Using the example of a black woman who organized and provided leadership during the mass civil rights movement in Clarksdale, Mississippi from the mid-fifties to the mid-seventies, this lecture considers how historians have responded to the archives.


African American Archives and Bibliography

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