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FA-51715-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersCarla L. PetersonReconstructing African American Life in Nineteenth-Century New York City9/1/2005 - 6/30/2006$40,000.00CarlaL.Peterson   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2004African American StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

My book reconstructs the social and cultural life of 19th-century black New Yorkers through the medium of family history. I focus on two figures--my paternal great-great-grandfather Peter Guignon (1813-85), and his son-in-law, my great-grandfather, Philip White (1824-91). Their careers as social activists, educators, and entrepreneurs exist to a surprising degree in the public record, and I recreate the larger social network within which they lived and worked. Family biography thus serves as a window onto a broader social panorama of black life that enhances our understanding not only of black New Yorkers but of African-American society in general. The project's methodologies and narrative style are designed to reach a broad audience.