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Congratulations Dr. Libra Hilde on her new book!

"Analyzing published and archival oral histories of formerly enslaved African Americans, Libra R. Hilde explores the meanings of manhood and fatherhood during and after the era of slavery, demonstrating that black men and women articulated a surprisingly broad and consistent vision of paternal duty across more than a century. Complicating the tendency among historians to conflate masculinity within slavery with heroic resistance, Hilde emphasizes that, while some enslaved men openly rebelled, many chose subtle forms of resistance in the context of family and local community. She explains how a significant number of enslaved men served as caretakers to their children and shaped their lives and identities. From the standpoint of enslavers, this was particularly threatening--a man who fed his children built up the master’s property, but a man who fed them notions of autonomy put cracks in the edifice of slavery. 

Fatherhood highlighted the agonizing contradictions of the condition of enslavement, and to be an involved father was to face intractable dilemmas, yet many men tried. By telling the story of the often quietly heroic efforts that enslaved men undertook to be fathers, Hilde reveals how formerly enslaved African Americans evaluated their fathers (including white fathers) and envisioned an honorable manhood."

ORDER HER BOOK, Slavery, Fatherhood, & Paternal Duty in African American Communities AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS WEBSITE.

BLOG POSTS Written by Dr. Libra Hilde!

Read about Dr. Hilde's new book from the author herself in these two blog posts from the ANZASA Online Editors and The Page 99 Test

The New Social Science Teacher Prep Major!

Do you love history and would you like to teach the subject in high school? Then look no further! The History department now offers an exciting new double-major-- you can keep studying everything you love about history while also learning how to effectively teach the subject at the high school level! 

All you have to do is contact Wendy Rouse at and ask for a double-major form to fill out. Once you have submitted the form, you're all set!

Check out the History Social Science Teacher Prep link on the right for more information. 


Welcome to Our New Graduate Students!

The Department of History welcomes and congratulates our incoming graduate students for the Spring 2021 semester. Both faculty and staff look forward to working with you all!  

Jannaat Al-Shehabi

Jose Batacan

Crystal Cummings

Nick Salas

Noa Uz

Alex Zvargulis