Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series featuring Dr. Jennifer Brooks
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
RBD Library Special Collections and Archives
Free and open to the public.
Dr. Jennifer Brooks, Associate Professor in the Department of History, presents "From the Congo to the Convict Lease: Africa in Alabama Coal Mines." Alabama relied on convicts to build the New South. Historians agree that African Americans constituted the overwhelming majority of persons imprisoned in this brutal labor system. However, immigrants from around the world were not only imprisoned in New South Alabama, but were also leased to private mining and timber interests, including to the brother of former Alabama governor, B.B. Comer. Dr. Brooks will explore how this exploitation of immigrants complicates our understanding of the New South as a binary story of black versus white. Refreshments and conversation to follow Dr. Brooks talk. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with the RBD Library and Archives.
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