New book, After Emancipation: Racism and Resistance at the University of Virginia

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Kirt von Daacke (History, American Studies) is co-editor, with Andrea Douglas, of the new book, After Emancipation: Racism and Resistance at the University of Virginia (University of Virginia Press). The book's 15 essays include contributions by Sylvia Chong and Kasey Jernigan (American Studies); Andrew KahrlChristian McMillen and Liz Varon (History); and A&S alumni James H. Hershman Jr. (History Ph.D., 1978), Countess Hughes(Psychology B.A., 1982; Assoc. Dir. of Assignments, UVA Housing & Residence Life); Scot French (History Ph.D., 2000) and Andrea Douglas (Art History Ph.D., 2001).


Kirt von Daacke is an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Together they serve as Co-Chairs of the UVA President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.


About the book:

This anthology reckons with the University of Virginia’s post-emancipation history of racial exploitation. Its fifteen essays highlight the many forms of marginalization and domination at Virginia’s once all-white flagship university to uncover the patriarchal, nativist, and elitist assumptions that shaped university culture through the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth. Including community responses ranging from personal reflections to interviews with local leaders to poems, this accessible volume will be essential reading for anyone with ties to UVA or to Charlottesville, as well as for anyone concerned with the legacy of slavery and segregation in America’s universities.

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