Barbara Krauthamer

Barbara Krauthamer

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Barbara Krauthamer is an associate professor of history and an associate dean of the graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches courses on nineteenth-century African American history, including the history of black women's lives in the Americas. She is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South (2013) and a coauthor, with Deborah Willis, of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (2012), which received an honorable mention in nonfiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, was named a Choice Top 25 outstanding academic book, and received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in nonfiction. In 2007 Krauthamer received the Association of Black Women Historians' Letitia Brown Memorial Prize. She has also received awards and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Stanford University, Yale University, the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is currently working on a book about enslaved women's resistance and mobility in the era of the American Revolution.


  • Black Liberation in the Era of the American Revolution
  • African Americans and Photography in the Civil War Era
  • African American Slavery in the Native American South
  • The Politics of Enslaved Women's Self-Liberation
  • Emancipation and Reconstruction in the Native American South


Slavery, "Civilization," and Sovereignty: African American and Native American Histories in the Deep South

This lecture was sponsored, in conjunction with a screening of the documentary film By Blood, by Native American Graduate Student Association, Indiana University, in March 2016. Recorded by Nic Champagne.

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