NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON BLACK WOMEN CONVICT LABORERS IN THE NEW SOUTH
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Black Women Convict Laborers in the New South“ is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. In the episode, Professor Talitha LeFlouria, a current fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, discusses her book, Chained in Silence, and the lives, labors and legacies of incarcerated black women and the convict lease system in the early 20th century South.
Talitha LeFlouria is an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015). LeFlouria’s research was featured in the Sundance award-nominated documentary, Slavery by Another Name, based on Douglas Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize winning book on convict labor in the southern states. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Labor and Working-Class History Association and Historians Against Slavery. She is also the southern regional director for the Association of Black Women Historians. In addition to her scholarly achievements, LeFlouria is an accomplished public historian. She has worked as a researcher for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and, in 2009, authored the museum’s official publication: Frederick Douglass: A Watchtower of Human Freedom. She subsequently appeared on C-SPAN to discuss her publication.