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NEH Post-Doctoral Fellowships at the Library Company of Philadelphia
Emily Guthrie, Library Company of Philadelphia

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The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (Book)
Title: The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation
Author: Benjamin Fagan
Abstract: "The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation" shows how antebellum African Americans used the newspaper as a means for translating their belief in black “chosenness” into plans and programs for black liberation. During the decades leading up to the Civil War, the idea that God had marked black Americans as his chosen people on earth became a central article of faith in northern black communities, with black newspaper editors articulating it in their journals. Benjamin Fagan shows how the early black press helped shape the relationship between black chosenness and the struggles for black freedom and equality in America, in the process transforming the very notion of a chosen American nation. Exploring how cultures of print helped antebellum black Americans apply their faith to struggles grand and small, this work uses the vast and neglected archive of the early black press to shed new light on many of the central figures and questions of African American studies
Year: 2016
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780820349404
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Painting the 'Baronial Castle': Thomas Cole at Featherston Park (Article) [show prizes]
Title: Painting the 'Baronial Castle': Thomas Cole at Featherston Park
Author: William L. Coleman
Abstract: Thomas Cole's paintings of the country house of the antebellum agriculturalist and geologist George William Featherstonhaugh have fallen into undeserved obscurity. The mere fact that Cole made "house portraits" goes against received wisdom about his rejection of topographic view painting in favor of a rigorously intellectual and poetic art of landscape. Moreover, the reception history of the three surviving canvases in this series has been clouded by the political disputes period commentators had with the patron. Reexamining existing sources alongside new archival discoveries, William L. Coleman interprets the Featherston Park paintings as early evidence of Cole's abiding concern with the inhabited landscape across media.
Year: 2017
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Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Huntington Library Quarterly

Men Is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (Book)
Title: Men Is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America
Author: Brian Luskey
Abstract: When a Civil War substitute broker told business associates that "Men is cheep here to Day," he exposed an unsettling contradiction at the heart of the Union's war effort. Despite Northerners' devotion to the principles of free labor, the war produced rampant speculation and coercive labor arrangements that many Americans labeled fraudulent. Debates about this contradiction focused on employment agencies called "intelligence offices," institutions of dubious character that nevertheless served the military and domestic necessities of the Union army and Northern households. Northerners condemned labor agents for pocketing fees above and beyond contracts for wages between employers and employees. Yet the transactions these middlemen brokered with vulnerable Irish immigrants, Union soldiers and veterans, former slaves, and Confederate deserters defined the limits of independence in the wage labor economy and clarified who could prosper in it. Men Is Cheap shows that in the process of winning the war, Northerners were forced to grapple with the frauds of free labor. Labor brokers, by helping to staff the Union military and Yankee households, did indispensable work that helped the Northern state and Northern employers emerge victorious. They also gave rise to an economic and political system that enriched the managerial class at the expense of laborers--a reality that resonates to this day.
Year: 2020
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Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-1-4696-543