Many of you are aware that my daughter Chastity Hyman sophomore B.FA art student living, working and loving here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Followers of my blog are aware that I commissioned her to do a depiction of former enslaved canal laborer Moses Grandy last summer.
Born in 1786 on a farm owned by enslaver William Grandy in Camden County, North Carolina Moses Grandy learned as a child how difficult life was for an enslaved person. Of his early life Grandy writes,
This was me the day that I passed qualifying exams(9/18/19). The event was preceded by 12 months of reading 250 books on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century with a special emphasis on slavery and capitalism(hence my close association with supporters Ed Baptist and Calvin Schermerhorn both brilliant historians who have written field-reshaping works on the topic).
Upon visiting the site I am impressed by its design. It is not cluttered or busy and the layout lends itself to the subject at hand in a manner that signals the gravity of the content contained. A difficult balance for projects dealing with traumatic records. Very nicely done.
I want to say thank you. I want to thank this vibrant intellectual community of scholars who over the past few years have helped me either by sitting down with me one on one to help improve my writing, putting my name up for opportunities, or writing letters of recommendations.
Though this summer had some fine moments, a greater number were filled with disorienting encounters and stress. To that end, I splurged on myself to the tune of $899.00 and purchased a trip to Panama at the end of July.
The slides I created for my presentation are used as a visual exhibit that complement my talk. SLIDES A special thank you to everyone at SHARP and those who made this event possible. Thank you all for your interest.