(Book Review) Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

What a lovely, lovely, important book. Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Janet Dewart Bell includes interviews with nine black women about their work in the Civil Rights Movement, often emphasizing their focus on their intersectional experiences of race, gender, and class. In Lighting the Fires of Freedom, Bell has … Continue reading

Books for Talking about Race with Kids

Issues of race in American culture have been at the forefront of the news lately, with the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. With all the complicated and strong feelings, chances are kids have both been exposed to the news and have questions about it. There are tons of books … Continue reading

Timeline: U.S. Citizenship Law

Timeline of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Law I’m going to skip over about 100 years. Before 1868, there were a few changes made, but for the most part to be a citizen you had to be a white man. Women were citizens too, but their citizenship was coupled to their husband’s and they couldn’t vote. … Continue reading

Veronica Mars on the Border

This week my brilliant friend Megan and I submitted a draft of our essay on Veronica Mars and feminism to our editors. (Yay!) As we were brainstorming and planning our paper, I kept coming back to the relationship between fictional Neptune, California and the U.S.-Mexico border. Clearly, I had the border on my mind after … Continue reading

Hello, Princess

Right after I wrote about how wonderful things were and how I was practicing great habits and ra-ra yay go me, life got really full. Good things happened, busy things happened, sad things happened. Plus schoolwork and grading. So, I’ve got some blog posts that I’m working on, but they involve research so the going … Continue reading

Innocence(?) in The Bluest Eye

Before I even begin, I know that I am biting off more than I can chew. I’m in a summer sprint course about slave narratives, focusing especially on how the conventions of the slave narrative have potentially/definitely shaped African American literature even in modern times. As someone who is not a scholar of African American … Continue reading