Ellen Gruber Garvey will lecture on "Strategic Scrapbooks: Nineteenth Century Activists Remake the Newspaper for Women’s Rights and African American History," UMASS Amherst,4 pm, Herter Hall, 601.
Men and women 150 years ago made scrapbooks – the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Mark Twain to Susan B. Anthony, abolitionists to Confederates, African American janitors to farmwomen, people cut out and pasted down their reading.
Scrapbooks allowed activists and people who didn’t own the press to engage with media. The scrapbook histories that African Americans created were weapons and communal knowledge. In massive compilations—hundreds of volumes, in some cases—black people asserted ownership of news and culture and passed along their critical, oppositional reading of newspapers.
Women’s rights activists documented their activities in scrapbooks. Scrapbook makers like Alice Dunbar-Nelson and Elizabeth Cady Stanton both documented women's pioneering participation in the public realm and experimented with ways to present it to varied audiences. They passed along their understanding that the press was not a simple record, but a set of voices and conversations to read critically.
The scrapbooks these nineteenth-century activists created reveal their personal, passionate, often critical, and always dynamic relationship to media.
James R. Kelly
Humanities Research Services Librarian
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9275
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