President Joe Biden has nominated two Emory experts, Hank Klibanoff and Gabrielle Dudley, to serve on the federal Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board. Klibanoff directs the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project and is the creator and host of Buried Truths, an award-winning podcast that recently finished its third season. Klibanoff is also Associated Faculty in the History Department. Dudley is an instruction archivist with Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where she works with faculty on course design and integrating resources from the Rose library into their classes. Dudley and Klibanoff have taught together twice. The five-person federal review board will, as the Emory News Center explains, “examine government records of unpunished, racially motivated murders of Black Americans during the modern civil rights era.” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution also covered the nomination in a piece titled, “Civil rights cold case board to have unique Atlanta flavor.” Read more about the nomination of Dudley and Klibanoff at the AJC and via the Emory News Center’s articles, “Two Emory experts nominated to serve on Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board” and “Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff.”
Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, an acclaimed historian and documentary film producer, has been named the second Cahoon Family Professor of American History in the History Department. Lowery, a member of the Lumbee tribe, examines Native culture, identity and migration through an array of scholarly and artistic forms.
She has published two books: The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle (UNC Press, 2018) and the award-winning Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010). She has received fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sundance Institute, and the Ford Foundation, among others. She has produced documentary films, including the Peabody Award-winning A Chef’s Life (5 seasons on PBS), the Emmy-nominated Private Violence, and two shorts that premiered at Sundance. Lowry was also recently elected to join the Society of American Historians and to the board of the American Council of Learned Societies.
She is currently Professor in the History Department at UNC-Chapel Hill and the director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South. She will join the Emory History Department this coming fall. Read more about Dr. Lowery and the Cahoon Professorships via the Emory News Center’s profile, “Malinda Maynor Lowery named second Cahoon Family Professor in Emory College.”
Docotral Candidate Anastasiia Strakhova has been awarded a residential research fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany. The fellowship will provide 12 months of support as Strakhova completes her dissertation, titled “Selective Emigration: Border Control and the Jewish Escape in Late Imperial Russia, 1881-1914.” Strakhova’s graduate work is advised by Drs. Eric Goldstein and Ellie R. Schainker.
Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies Dr. Carol Anderson recently wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian. Titled “America’s gun obsession is rooted in slavery,” the article discusses how revolts led by the enslaved, including in the mid-eighteenth century, influenced the framers to cement the right to bear arms and maintain militias in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Anderson connects this history to contemporary discourses around guns, violence, and race. The piece stems from Anderson’s newest book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury, 2021). Read an excerpt below, along with the full article.
“This function of the militias was so important during the war of independence that governments such as that in South Carolina devoted the lion’s share of their white manpower to the containment of the enslaved. As a result, the colony did not have enough white men to join the Continental Army and repel the British. The calculus was simple: it was more important to the plantation owners in the colonial government to maintain slavery and control Black people than to fight for American independence.
“In other words, concerns about keeping enslaved Black people in check are the context and background to the second amendment. The same holds true for today.”
Dr. Judith Evans Grubbs, Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History, was recently quoted in a Live Science article titled, “17 decapitated skeletons found at ancient Roman cemetery.” The findings occurred in the course of excavations at three ancient Roman cemeteries in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. The piece discusses possible explanations for the decapitations, which some scholars (including Evans Grubbs) think took place in the context of official executions relating to the violation of Roman law. Read an excerpt below along with the full article.
“Still, other scholars thought that these people could have been executed in accordance with Roman law. ‘Official execution seems the best explanation for the Knobb’s Farm cases,’ said Judith Evans Grubbs, a professor of Roman history at Emory University in Atlanta. ‘Official executions would be carried out under the authority of the provincial governor, not local justice, and would reflect imperial ideas of criminality rather than local’ ones, said Grubbs. She noted that women in the Roman Empire were often targets for accusations of sorcery and adultery, both of which could be considered capital crimes by the Romans.”
Dr. Michael Camp, a 2017 graduate of the doctoral program, recently published an article in Salon. The piece, “Sorry, Republicans: Joe Biden isn’t Jimmy Carter — and these aren’t the 1970s,” interrogates the comparisons that political opponents of Joe Biden have made between the current U.S. president and ex-president Jimmy Carter. Camp is the author of Unnatural Resources: Energy and Environmental Politics in Appalachia after the 1973 Oil Embargo (University of Pittsburg Press, 2019). Read an excerpt of the Salon piece below along with the full article.
“Perhaps it’s understandable that the Trumps might want to link Biden to Carter, who left office in 1981 in shame, having been thoroughly defeated in his bid for re-election by Ronald Reagan. But the comparison likely won’t stand for long, because our current situation bears little resemblance to the political morass of the late 1970s that doomed Carter’s quest for a second term in office.”
Dr. Carol Anderson has published a new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury, 2021). Examining the establishment of the right to bear arms in relationship to the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans, Anderson’s work argues that the Second Amendment has consistently kept African Americans “powerless and vulnerable.” Dr. Anderson, who is Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, Department Chair, and Associated Faculty in the History Department, has spoken about this newest work with multiple media organizations and on a book tour. Find a list of some of the coverage of her newest work below:
- Kelefa Sanneh, “From Guns to Gay Marriage, How Did Rights Take Over Politics?” The New Yorker, May 21, 2021.
- Randall Kennedy, “Was the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Designed to Protect Slavery?” The Washington Post, May 28, 2021.
- ‘Do Black people have Second Amendment rights?‘ CNN, May 31, 2021.
- “Historian Uncovers The Racist Roots Of The 2nd Amendment,” Fresh Air, June 2, 2021.
- “‘The Second’: Carol Anderson on the Racist Roots of the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms,” Democracy Now!, June 3, 2021.
- “White Supremacy as the Foundation of the Second Amendment,” The Brian Lehrer Show, June 3, 2021.
- “Black Americans Have Always Been Excluded from Second Amendment, Says Author Carol Anderson,” Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson, June 8, 2021.
- “The Second Amendment: How Slave Supporting Politicians Got Their Right to Quell Slave Revolts,” 94.1 KPFA, June 9, 2021.
- All in with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, June 9, 2021.
- “‘The Second’ eyes racial implications of the right to bear arms,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, June 14, 2021.
- April Hunt, “Emory historian examines race and guns in new book on Second Amendment,” Emory Report, June 15, 2021.
- “DC Today,” The Black News Channel, June 16, 2021.
- “Do Black Americans Have 2nd Amendment Rights?,” KERA’s Think, June 21, 2021.
Dr. Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor of History, was recently a featured guest on the Black News Channel. In the interview Suddler discusses the increase of anti-racist and anti-police brutality activism among professional athletes since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, a subject that he recently wrote about in-depth for The Washington Post. Suddler also discusses the police killing of Ronald Greene and the appointment of Kristen Clarke as the first Black woman to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division. Suddler is the author of Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York (New York University Press, 2019). Watch the BNC interview here: “Ronald Greene’s death highlights injustice in criminal justice system.”
Dr. Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor and Department Chair, was recently quoted in an article in The Washington Post about the history and fate of Confederate memorialization at the Atlanta-area Stone Mountain Park. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association recently voted to implement some changes at the site, which was conceived of and constructed a half century after the Civil War by those who resisted the expansion of political and civil rights to Black Americans. Crespino, an expert in the history of U.S. South since Reconstruction, offers crucial historical context about the establishment of the park and discusses its future. Read an excerpt below along with the full article: “Georgia park wants to ‘tell the truth’ about world’s largest Confederate monument. Others want it gone.”
“Work on the carvings dragged out. For decades, there was just Lee’s head.
“Then, in the 1950s, a man named Marvin Griffin ran for Georgia governor vowing to fight the federal government’s efforts at desegregation — and also to purchase Stone Mountain and finish the job. He won; the landmark became state property. Work resumed on the carvings, and Georgia also incorporated the Confederate battle emblem into its flag.
“The flag was changed decades later. Now, Crespino says, ‘it’s going to be the flag 2.0 for the state of Georgia as to how to deal with Stone Mountain.’
“’I used to be, as a historian, always leaning toward contextualization,’ he told The Post. ‘But I do think there are some that are so prominent and so central that they do need to be removed.'”
An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently quoted Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, Department Chair, and Associated Faculty in the History Department. The piece investigates the term “Jim Crow 2.0,” which has recently gained purchase as a description of disenfranchising election laws passed in states throughout the U.S., including Georgia. Anderson offers historical context about the similarities and differences between official anti-Black policies and practices from the turn of the 20th century and today. Read an excerpt below along with the full article: “What does Jim Crow 2.0 mean? A look at the history of segregation laws.”
“The rationale for poll taxes and other voting restrictions in Mississippi’s 1890 constitution — a model for other Southern states, including Georgia — was to restore election integrity, said Carol Anderson, chair of African American studies at Emory University. But Mississippi’s governor admitted the real reason was to eliminate Black people from politics, she said.”