19th-century scrapbooks

scrapperOne hundred and fifty years ago, scrapbooks were a way men and women articulated opinions and compiled data without writing a word. For activists who didn’t own the press, scrapbooks became a way of engaging with media. Author and cultural historian Ellen Gruber Garvey will talk about this era on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in McGuinn Hall 121. Her talk,Activists Repurpose Media: 19th Century Scrapbooks,” will explore how the scrapbooks of 19th-century African American and women’s rights activists reveal their personal, passionate, often critical, and always dynamic relationship to media. Garvey is the author of the award-winning book Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press). She teaches in the English Department at New Jersey City University. Sponsor: American Studies Program.

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