Research and Publications - Department of American Studies

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    Helen Reddy: Life Timeline and History
    Sandy, John H.; University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
    An overview of the personal and professional life of Helen Reddy, American singer, actor, and television host.
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    There Is a Balm: Performance, Voyeurism, and Public History through Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
    (2017) Richardson, Athena F.; University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
    The most impactful gems of wisdom are passed down from generation to generation through stories and pictures. Lemonade, the visual album released by Beyoncé in April 2016, follows the African tradition of storytelling by incorporating references to African Mythology, Southern black culture and current events into a story about relationship infidelity. The release was a blockbuster success, and while mainstream media dissected the intimate portrait Beyoncé appeared to reveal about her marriage, black women discussed a message quite prominent to them but unrecognized by mainstream media.
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    By A Thread: An Examination of Chattel Slavery at the Capstone
    (2017) Richardson, Athena F.; University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
    The institution of slavery played an integral role in the establishment and development of The University of Alabama. Although there are some records that remain, currently housed in Hoole Special Collections, it is difficult to determine the specific number of enslaved persons on campus, and what happened to them after emancipation. Instead of focusing on the life of an individual, this essay will focus on three receipts detailing clothing purchases made on behalf of enslaved persons throughout the antebellum period of the University’s history.