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Research in Progress Lunch: Dr. Daniel Rood
September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“The Rural Afterlives of Slavery: Landownership, Politics, and Farming Practice Among Black Farmers in Clarke County, Georgia, 1865-1980”
Motivated by the controversy over the University of Georgia’s 2016 disturbance of a burial ground of enslaved people, this paper examines the “rural afterlives” of slavery by looking at the dynamics of race, land ownership, and agricultural transformation in Athens-Clarke County between 1865 and 1980. This paper is the earliest phase of a micro-history that will place everyday agricultural practice, ecological strategies, and small-scale investment decisions within the local landscape, while also viewing them within the context of government corruption, technological change, and a regime of racial terror.
For a copy of Dr. Rood’s essay, contact Sean Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reading the precirculated essay is not required, but it is recommended in order to facilitate discussion. There will be a catered lunch, so a RSVP in advance is very much appreciated.