Rhae Lynn Barnes

About Rhae Lynn

Rhae Lynn Barnes is an Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton University (2018-) and President-Elect of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. She is the co-founder and C.E.O. of U.S. History Scene and Executive Advisor to the documentary series "Reconstruction: America After the Civil War" (PBS, 2019).

Early American Music and the Construction of Race: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Co-organized by Glenda Goodman (University of Pennsylvania) and Rhae Lynn Barnes (Princeton University) Oct. 11-12, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania Racial ideology is baked into the cultural and music history of early America. Native peoples and colonists heard each other’s music as indicators… MORE

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What is the role of colorism in black female sexuality and the division of labor in slavery? Most slave narratives have a ‘moment of racial consciousness’ where the speaker first discovers they are enslaved. What was that moment of racial consciousness and enslavement for Linda/Harriet Jacobs? How does Jacobs argue slavery corrupts white Americans? How… MORE

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Required Reading & Listening Susan A. Glenn, Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2002). Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0674009905 . *Radio Drama: Welles, Orson, War of the Worlds (1938) [Youtube version of the radio broadcast provided below] Recommended If Interested  Early African American Film Interactive Website: Reconstructing the History of… MORE

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Below are the first impressions students enrolled in “Sojourners: Black Popular Culture in Paris” at the University of Southern California wrote during their first night in Paris, France after our welcome dinner in Montmartre. “Arriving in Paris I was surprised by the land. The land has been so greatly impacted by the influence of man… MORE

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