The Freedom Chronicle:
In this issue's Students' Corner:
My name is Phil Ulrich, and I have been a part of the Institute for Freedom Studies since Fall, 2002. I was hired to record and edit videos for teachers who attended the Underground Railroad Teaching Summit; specifically, I filmed K-12 teachers giving a lesson to their students about the Underground Railroad.
My name is Brooke Gillette and I have been a research assistant
for the Institute for Freedom Studies for about 31/2 years now. I originally
began my research with the Fugitive Enslaved Person Database but have
been able to involve myself with additional projects over the past year.
Currently, I am developing an Underground Railroad Bibliographic database
for both IFS and the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Ultimately,
this bibliography will provide students, teachers, and researchers many
primary and secondary UGRR sources.
It is my vision that the initial Underground Railroad Bibliography
will be available by May 2003.
I was once satisfied with my knowledge of our U.S. history, but after seven months of working with the Institute for Freedom Studies that mindset has changed. I am now finding myself immersed in research, never content with the amount of information I have collected. My job at IFS is to read through a collection of runaway slave advertisements published in newspapers, particularly in Georgia and Virginia. Stories have been told and documentaries have been produced, but nothing could have prepared me for the detailed images and reality these advertisements portray.
My name is Julie Hilvers, and I have had the opportunity to be a member of the student coding team since Summer 2002. I was first introduced to the fugitive slave database project in Spring 2002, as a student in Dr. Brownís Sociology 300 course, Race and Ethnic Relations. The sample of individuals that I coded were primarily runaway Dutch and Irish servants, indentured in the American colonies. It was very fascinating, yet alarming to see the bold contrast in description in the newspaper advertisements of the European runaways compared to the enslaved Africans whom other students were coding.
The white servants were often dignified
with descriptions indicating both first and last names, while being described
with adjectives such as "fine" and "likely." In
comparison, the enslaved Africans were often given only a first name
by their master while being described with such insulting language as
"lusty," "ordinary," and "low." The
most striking difference is that the white runaway servants are rarely
described as having scars and whipping marks. For me, this difference
exposed the brutality of the institution of slavery for enslaved Africans
in the United States.
As a student coder in the IFS office, I have been given the opportunity to do research and learn about "Black Loyalists." These are the enslaved Africans who joined with the British forces during the American Revolution. Longing for escape from the oppressive system of enslavement in the colonies, these individuals ran away from their masters, in hopes of freedom in Nova Scotia, and ultimately Sierra Leone, Africa.
My name is Annette Fournier, and I am one of the students recording information to the fugitive slave database. I have been fortunate enough, since working for Dr. Prince Brown, to read accounts of a few thousand runaways, and begin to understand some of the hardships that enslaved persons endured on their journey to freedom. Some of the articles are very basic in detail, sometimes not even revealing the name of an escapee. Others, however, give a unique glimpse at both the enslaved persons and their oppressors. The articles that I have been reading span from the early 1700s New England to the entire South throughout the 1800s. As I have been reading these advertisements, trends have started to emerge.
January of this year marks my first-year anniversary as a member of the Institute for Freedom Studies. My specific job is to read advertisements for runaway slaves in the State of Maryland during the period 1773-1790 and record essential information that pertains to individual runaways. This information can be used to track the progression of a runaway's life. So far, I have documented 200 cases.
200 cases donít fully bring to light the severity of the enslavement
experience. The remarkable thing I have been able to gather from reading
these publications is the strength of those enslaved. Even though completely
outnumbered and condemned, enslaved persons still resisted and kept
their spirit and hope alive. They didn't give up; they didn't lie down.
this past year has done nothing else, it has humbled me.
Hello! My name is J. K. Long. I have had the wonderful opportunity of working in the IFS office for almost two years now. I was asked to join the student research team after taking an introductory course in Sociology with Dr. Prince Brown as a freshman.
The Legacy of Enslavement and the Underground Railroad
The Third Annual Freedom Studies Writing and Visual Art Contests
Prizes: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place in each contest
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2003 in the Institute for Freedom Studies (IFS), Landrum 330
Winners Announced By: Monday, April 21, 2003
Exhibition of Winning Works: April 23 to May 2, 2003, in the NKU Corbett Theatre Foyer
Visual Art Contest Judge: Tuliza Fleming, Assistant Curator for American Art, Dayton Art Institute
Writing Contest Judge: To be announced
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