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Karsonya Eugenia Wise Whitehead
Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD 21210-2601)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010

Emilie F. Davis, Her Life, In Her Own Words: Analyzing the 1863-1865 Diaries of a Freeborn Colored Woman

Emilie F. Davis, Her Life, In Her Own Words is a book project that examines the life and experiences of Emilie F. Davis, a freeborn 21-year-old mulatto woman, through an intense reading of her three antebellum pocket diaries. From January 1, 1863 to December 31, 1865, Emilie wrote and recorded her feelings and experiences. Her diary entries provide insight into what was happening within the free black Philadelphia community during this time. Emilie mentioned all of the major events in her pocket diaries along with her personal joys and pains, including her father's ongoing illness, her pastor's very public and messy divorce, her trips in and around the city, and the deaths of her friends and family members. Emilie wrote every day, at least for the 1,095 days that have survived into the present, and perhaps even longer than we know. In the process, she wrote herself into America's history.