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).

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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American Contact: Intercultural Encounter and the History of the Book   April 23-25, 2020 Princeton University University of Pennsylvania Project organizers Rhae Lynn Barnes (Princeton University, History) Glenda Goodman (University of Pennsylvania, Music) Aaron M. Hyman (Johns Hopkins University, History of Art)    CFP: American Contact is a multi-disciplinary symposium that invites scholars to discuss… MORE

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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) Sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies; the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts; the University of Pennsylvania Office… 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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