"Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War"

Jul 31, 2018

Our guest on ST is Kendra Taira Field, an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. She joins us to discuss her compelling new book, a scholarly blend of memoir, history, geography, and biography: "Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War." In this book, Professor Field looks closely at the lives and documents of her own family tree in order to explore the little-known saga of the many black settlers in Indian Territory and Oklahoma during the years of Reconstruction and westward expansion. As was noted of this book by the UCLA historian Robin D. G. Kelley: "A work of startling brilliance and originality, of heart-wrenching beauty and theoretical innovation. In Kendra Field's able hands, her family stories become a window into the struggle for freedom in an era when emancipation and the dismantling of Indian sovereignty gave way to new forms of unfreedom, constriction, and possibility." Please note that Prof. Field will speak about this book here in Tulsa tonight (Tuesday the 31st, at 6:30pm) at the Tulsa Historical Society, and then again tomorrow night (Wednesday the 1st, at 7pm) at Living Arts of Tulsa (during an evening co-presented by Magic City Books and OK Policy).