Rhae Lynn Barnes

About Rhae Lynn

Rhae Lynn Barnes is an Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton University (2018-) and President 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 an Executive Advisor to the documentary series "Reconstruction: America After the Civil War" (now streaming PBS, 2019).

Required Reading  Stone, John Augustus, Metamora: Or, The Last of the Wampanoags An Indian Tragedy (1829) Bean, Annemarie, James V. Hatch, and Brooks McNamara, ed. Inside the Minstrel Mask, Readings in Nineteenth-Century Blackface Minstrelsy (Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1996). Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0819563002, 324 pp. If you are pressed for time, focus especially on the introduction by… MORE

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  This week you are reading George C. Foster’s New York by Gas-Light and Other Urban Sketches: With Here and There a Streak of Sunshine first published as a newspaper series of “sketches” in New York City in 1850. It was then collected into the volume you will read. I encourage you to focus on… MORE

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Opening Primary Source for Teaching Reconstruction: The Jourdon Anderson Letter      “Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you… MORE

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Happy 90th Birthday to Leon Litwack–the man who threw gasoline and a match on all my interests. Here is part I of our impromptu birthday interview. Rhoda: RL! [Yells down the hall] Leon, it’s RL! Rhae Lynn Barnes (RLB): Where is the birthday boy?! Leon F. Litwack (LFL): I’m still in my 80s for a… MORE

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