This week, we talk with historian Hilary Green, whose social media posts about writing, research, reading, and process are so inspiring. In addition to her many publications, she has also has captured research about race, slavery, and memory at the University of Alabama in the Hallowed Grounds project. Her book, Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865–1890, is available from Fordham University Press.
In this episode, we talk about purple pens, an ingenious way to keep track of books loaned, how notes can form a personal intellectual history of each book, and spaces for writing, editing, and reading. And, if you listen carefully, Rutherford B. Hayes the cat makes a contribution!
Her posts feature details about people enslaved at the University of Alabama, and she offers photographs, archival documents, architectural details and more. Posts follow the documentary trail and biographies of a number of individuals.