Edward Rothstein on Recounting the Histories of Slavery

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on March 13, 2011

Critic’s Notebook
Edward Rothstein, “Emancipating History,” The New York Times (11 March 2010)

. . . Slavery and its heritage are everywhere here. Charleston was one of the main colonial ports of the 18th century, dealing in rice, indigo and slaves. In 1860 South Carolina held as many slaves as Georgia and Virginia, which were at least twice its size. The genteel grace and European travels of its wealthy citizens were made possible by the enslavement of about half the population.

So on a recent visit, I searched for a public display of an understanding of that American past and its legacy. After all, is there any more vexed aspect of this country’s history than its embrace and tolerance of slavery? And is there any aspect of its past that has been less well served in museums, exhibitions and memorials? . . . .

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At the Newberry: Goodman on Masculinity in the Age of Revolutions

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on March 13, 2011

Dena Goodman, ‘Becoming a Man in the Age of Revolutions’
Newberry Library Eighteenth-Century Seminar, Chicago, 9 April 2011, 1-3pm

Professor Dena Goodman seeks to complicate the picture of nineteenth-century reactionary aristocrats and modern republicans by bringing an eighteenth-century perspective to bear on French revolutionary and post-revolutionary culture and society. Her paper will trace the life and career of a boy born less than a decade before the start of the French Revolution and asks how he became a man—and what kind of a man he became—through the successive upheavals of French history, from the Revolution and the Terror through the restoration of the monarchy and the regimes that followed. She argues that he became a “new man” of the nineteenth century only by drawing on family ties and patronage networks deeply embedded in the ancien regime of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The paper for this seminar session will be pre-circulated. Those who plan to attend will be sent the paper via email after they have registered. Advance registration is required for all Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies programs. To register for this seminar, please send an e-mail to: renaissance@newberry.org or call: 312-255-3514. A reception will follow the seminar. For more information about the seminar, please visit our website.