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


  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