Join us for the Center for the Study of the New South's Annual Levine Lecture, this year featuring Dr. Bill Andrews of UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Andrews will discuss his book, Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony, 1840-1865 (2019; New York: Oxford University Press). The lecture will be held at the Levine Museum of the New South 200 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. The title of his lecture is "The Fighter and the Victim: Two Enslaved Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass."
“William Andrews has ‘lifted the veil’ on class relations within the slave community in the antebellum South. Well-meaning scholars, mostly for political reasons, have far too often chosen to remain silent about distinctions of class drawn by black people among themselves, starting in slavery, choosing to discuss African Americans as if they were always a social monolith, and thereby reducing their complexity. Andrews reveals, in riveting detail, that this has never been the case, even well before the Civil War. This is a seminal work of scholarship, one destined to generate a new branch of literary studies, dedicated to studying how class mattered within the African American tradition.”—Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University