Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of Afro-American Studies, director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and author of seminal works on African American literary criticism and history. The Bondwoman’s Narrative is the first publication of an 1850s manuscript, the earliest autobiographical novel by a fugitive female slave, Hannah Crafts. In this meticulously edited volume, Professor Gates persuasively authenticates the author and places the historical novel in context, bringing into view one of the most important lost texts in the African American literary tradition.
Historian Jill Lepore (David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at the New Yorker) discusses her 2012 book, The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Princeton University Press).
Historian Matthew Pinsker (Dickinson College) leads a tour of the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership focused on how history teachers can use the site’s exhibits to teach students of all grade levels.