Move over Instagram! There's an old-school way to cut, paste, and share the things that grab you. Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks – the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Mark Twain to Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, people cut out and pasted down their reading.
Ellen Gruber Garvey will speak on her research from her new book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford UP) for a joint Black History Month/Women's History Month presentation. When African Americans and women's rights activists made scrapbooks in the 19th century they created unique histories. They shared their critical and passionate readings of the newspaper with their communities.
Scrapbooks let activists who didn’t own the press engage with media. African Americans created scrapbooks to hold communal history. In hundreds of volumes, only a few years after Emancipation, black people asserted that they owned news and culture and passed along their critical, oppositional reading of newspapers.
Women’s rights activists documented their pioneering activities in scrapbooks and experimented with how to present their political work to varied audiences. They asserted that the press was not a simple record, but a set of conversations to read critically.
Monday Feb. 25, 7 pm, New Jersey City University, 2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ. GSUB Student Union room 129. Free, open to the public.
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