NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON RACE, IDENTITY, AND MEMORY IN THE MODERN SOUTH
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Race, Identity, and Memory,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Blain Roberts, Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, who talks about intersections of race, identity, and memory in the South in a wide-ranging discussion that starts in the segregated beauty parlors of the Jim Crow era and ends with remembrances of slavery in modern-day Charleston, South Carolina. The episode is hosted by Beth English, SLSA president.
Blain Roberts is Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, where her teaching and research focus on the American South, women, and memory. She is the author of Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), which was named a Publishers Weekly Notable African American Title for 2014. With her colleague, Ethan J. Kytle, she is currently working on a book focusing on the memory of slavery in Charleston from the end of the Civil War to the present, Struggling with Slavery in the Cradle of the Confederacy: Memory and the “Peculiar Institution” in Charleston, South Carolina. Based on their research, Roberts and Kytle have published an article in The Journal of Southern History, an essay in Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (Karen L. Cox, ed.), and several op-eds for the New York Times’s “Disunion” series. Roberts’ editorials have also appeared in the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.