I'm delighted to share some great news: my book is under contract with New York University Press as part of the Early American Places series. As stated on their website, this series "focuses on the history of North America from contact to the Mexican War, locating historical developments in the specific places where they occurred and were contested."
My book will fit nicely in this series since it examines one historical development that has been overlooked: African American women's education in the antebellum Northeast. It examines the role of African American women and girls in the fight for educational access and opportunity in private and public schools. My book offers a corrective to the current scholarship that suggests that African American women were merely bystanders to educational reform in the antebellum era.
My book identifies and investigates a series of educational campaigns architected by African American women writers, students, and teachers in the antebellum Northeast. Take, for instance, the establishment of African American women's literary societies in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. Or the creation of an African American female seminary in Connecticut. What does it mean to view these actions as part of a local and regional campaign? How might a literary society in Boston, Massachusetts be linked to a seminary in rural Canterbury, Connecticut? My book answers this question and, in doing so, reveals the important outcomes of African American women's educational activism.
The book should be in print and available for purchase in late 2019.