Join moderator Heather Miyano Kopelson (University of Alabama), along with Robbie Ethridge (University of Mississippi), Miles Grier (Queens College, City University of New York) and Elizabeth Ellis (New York University), for a discussion of "Race in the American South." This virtual event is part of a series of Critical Race Conversations hosted by the Folger Institute.
Did the American South have a Renaissance? How did “race” signify in it, and with what lasting repercussions? Join scholars of anthropology, literature, and history as they consider the early modern contours of the American South by re-thinking its temporal and geographical boundaries. They will explore the multiple meanings of the American South through the prisms of race, slavery, and indigeneity in the centuries surrounding the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the Americas, especially the specific ways that members of Indigenous, European, and African cultures interacted with each other and fundamentally reshaped their respective world views in light of often painful realities that still resonate today.