Monthly Archives: September 2021

Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle

Willie Lieberman is a fourth-year student in the History honors program specializing in European Studies.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1950) was a prolific writer who spearheaded the crime fiction genre with his iconic character Sherlock Holmes. The British author and physician created captivating universes and complex characters in his four novels and over fifty poems…

The Last Slave Ship: The Wanderer Logbook

In 1858, the American schooner, The Wanderer, sailed along the Eastern coast of the United States. The vessel’s log, written by an unknown sailor, contains simple and brief entries that record the weather, speed, and course of the yacht. There are a few details concerning other ships and visitors on the Wanderer scattered throughout the log. However, the…

Tom Dent and the Literature of Black Suppression

Justin Haynes is an associate professor of English at Randolph-Macon College. He was awarded a Billops-Hatch fellowship in support of his research on carnivals in the Americas. He is the 2021-2023 Nicholas Jenkins Barnett Fellow in fiction at Emory University. Tom Dent’s creative writing and essays focus on centering cultural Blackness in his hometown of…

Uncovering Enslavement on the Main Emory Campus: Two Receipts from the Civil War Era

Mark Auslander is a historical anthropologist and former faculty member at Emory College and Oxford College. Let us consider two receipts issued during the Civil War in the town of Decatur, Georgia. Both cast light on the structures and experiences of enslavement on the lands that would become, many decades later, parts of the main…