New to the library

Recently a new publication entitled, Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites hit the shelves. This anthology of essays written by public historians examines how to interpret the complicated history of slavery at historic sites. Eight chapters cover many aspects of the topic from: institutional support in interpreting slavery to the role race perceptions play during site interpretation.

I have not read it cover to cover yet. But from what I have read the authors speak to many of the nuances and challenges slavery interpretation brings to historic sites. Edited by Kristin Gallas from the Tracing Center, this book brings a practical approach interpreting slavery. Compared to previous works such as Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory edited by James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton this work moves away from a theoretical approach to a practical discussion of slave interpretation.

Anyone working at a historic site dealing with slavery should pick this up and have it at their disposal.

Kristen L. Galas, James DeWolf Perry, eds. Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2015. 127 pp. $29.95.

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  1. Hadn’t heard about this book before. Thanks for the information. It’s one of those topics with hard answers so reading other historians’ views will be nice.

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