Strategic Scrapbooks: Nineteenth Century Activists Remake the Newspaper for Women’s Rights and African American History -- Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their reading.
New Jersey City University Professor of English Ellen Gruber Garvey will reveal a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where the proliferating cheap press touched the lives of activists and mourning parents, and all who yearned for a place in history. She argues that people have long had a strong personal relationship to media. Like newspaper editors who enthusiastically "scissorized" and reprinted attractive items from other newspapers, scrapbook makers passed their reading along to family and community.
7:30 pm. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Hall Center for the Humanities, Alderson Auditorium.
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