Category: abolitionist

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Race in Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”

Last year, I wrote about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and slavery. This semester, I taught the story again, and this time, I became more intrigued by the correlations between the Hawthorne’s tale and issues of race and abolitionism that circled around the nation during the period. The story originally appeared in the 1832 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir; later, Hawthorne … Read More Race in Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”

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My Trip to Whitney Plantation

A couple of weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to go to the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, LA. I have written about the Whitney before and some of its history; today, I want to focus on my experiences at the Whitney and how those experiences differed from what I encountered at other plantations and historical museums. Before I delve into this discussion, I … Read More My Trip to Whitney Plantation

T. Geronimo Johnson’s "Welcome to Braggsville" and the Past

Reading 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence winner T. Geronimo Johnson’s Welcome to Braggsville (2015), I noticed the continuous intersections between the histories of Native Americans and African Americans within this country, and specifically in regards to Georgia. These intersections are nothing new; Alice Walker incorporates them in The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), and activists such as David Walker and … Read More T. Geronimo Johnson’s "Welcome to Braggsville" and the Past

"O Holy Night" and the Abolitionist Movement

Note: Interminable Rambling will be taking a break for the next two weeks. We will see you again January 5th. Did you know that “O Holy Night,” a Christmas carol we sing every year, has ties to the abolitionist movement? I didn’t realize this until recently when I heard the song sung. Typically, performers only sing the first or maybe the first two verses; … Read More "O Holy Night" and the Abolitionist Movement