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RZ-266119-19
The Long Road to Freedom: Biddy Mason (1818-1891) and the Making of Black Los Angeles
Sarah Gordon, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=RZ-266119-19

THE TRIALS OF BIDDY MASON: Slavery, Mormonism, and the Making of Black Los Angeles (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: THE TRIALS OF BIDDY MASON: Slavery, Mormonism, and the Making of Black Los Angeles
Abstract: This lecture, given by Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kevin Waite, assistant professor of history at Durham University, reconstructs the many trials of former slave Biddy Mason as she left Georgia’s cotton belt, journeyed across the continent, and built the beginnings of LA’s black community. In particular, it explores the role of the Mormon Church in the national crisis over slavery and the settling of the West.
Author: Kevin Waite
Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon
Date: 01/16/2020
Location: Huntington Library, San marino, CA
Primary URL: https://www.huntington.org/lectures
Primary URL Description: Huntingtin Library's conference and lecture list
Secondary URL: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4449872
Secondary URL Description: Ticket venue

The 'Other Slavery' a part of Utah history (Article)
Title: The 'Other Slavery' a part of Utah history
Author: Kevin Waite
Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon
Abstract: Four hundred years since the first captive Africans were dragged onto the shores of North America, interest in the history of slavery is at a new high. Media and scholarly debate has proliferated in the wake of the 1619 Project, among other major works. Yet the centuries-long tradition of Native American enslavement — what one historian calls “the other slavery” — remains a blind spot.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2020/05/30/sarah-barringer-gordon/
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Salt Lake Tribune
Publisher: Salt Lake Tribune

California's forgotten slave history (Article)
Title: California's forgotten slave history
Author: Kevin Waite
Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon
Abstract: Separated by just 60 miles along the I-10, Los Angeles and San Bernardino feel worlds apart. The former boasts some of the richest urban developments and residential pockets in the nation. The latter — a “broken city,” as this newspaper put it in 2015 — struggled through five years of bankruptcy and municipal dysfunction. But their roles in this California tale of two cities were once reversed. Before the Civil War, San Bernardino was the most prosperous and fastest-growing settlement in Southern California. San Bernardino’s early success rested on a pair of seemingly incongruous forces: Mormonism and slavery.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-19/san-bernardino-mormon-slavery
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Los Angles Times
Publisher: Los Angeles Times

A monument to California’s Black history — and a great work of art — may soon be destroyed (Article)
Title: A monument to California’s Black history — and a great work of art — may soon be destroyed
Author: Kevin Waite
Author: Jackie Broxton
Abstract: As antiracist activists topple statues of slaveholders across the country, UC San Francisco threatens to demolish a very different kind of monument: a mural depicting a celebrated former slave. The work shows Biddy Mason, an African American midwife who rose to fortune in Los Angeles after winning her freedom in the mid-1850s. Since the Great Depression, the mural has been displayed alongside nine others in UC Hall on the university’s main campus. But now the building and its artwork are slated for demolition to make way for new office, medical and research space.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-07-10/op-ed-a-monument-to-californias-black-history-and-a-great-work-of-art-may-soon-be-destroyed
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Los Angeles Times
Publisher: Los Angeles Times

UCSF should save this California monument to Black history (Article)
Title: UCSF should save this California monument to Black history
Author: Kevin Waite
Abstract: The long, hot summer of protest is drawing to a close in an unexpected way: not with the toppling of another Confederate monument, but with the removal of a mural celebrating a former slave. None of the common combatants in the culture wars – antiracist activists, QAnon conspiracists, or even your casually bigoted uncle – are present this time. The culprit here is one of the nation’s wealthiest universities located in one of its most progressive cities.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/ucsf-should-save-this-california-monument-to-black-history/
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: San Francisco Examiner
Publisher: San Francisco Examiner

The Long Road to Freedom: Biddy Mason's Remarkable Journey (Web Resource)
Title: The Long Road to Freedom: Biddy Mason's Remarkable Journey
Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon and Kevin Waite
Abstract: The Long Road to Freedom is a collaborative project on the life and times of Biddy Mason (1818-1891). Born into slavery in the Georgia cotton belt, Biddy was forcibly transported across the continent – first to Mississippi, then to Utah, and finally to southern California in the early 1850s. Although California was technically a free state, her master kept Biddy and thirteen others in bondage until 1856, when they finally won their freedom in a Los Angeles courtroom. Biddy, as a freedwoman, overcame prejudices against her race and gender to build a career in medicine and a substantial fortune in L.A. real estate. From that fortune and her generous spirit, she laid the foundations for the city’s first permanent African American community.
Year: 2020
Primary URL: https://biddymasoncollaborative.com/
Primary URL Description: Project website

Biddy Mason in Images (Article)
Title: Biddy Mason in Images
Author: Arielle Xena Alterwaite
Abstract: A Monumental Life in Monumental Forms
Year: 2021
Primary URL: https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/article/biddy-mason-in-images-a-monumental-life-in-monumental-forms/
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Los Angeles Review of Books

California is finally confronting its history of slavery. Here’s how. (Article)
Title: California is finally confronting its history of slavery. Here’s how.
Author: Kevin Waite
Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon
Abstract: Los Angeles is finding success at reshaping its commemorative landscape
Year: 2021
Primary URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/05/24/california-is-finally-confronting-its-history-slavery-heres-how/
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Washington Post

Why California’s slavery reparations task force has the power to transform us all (Article)
Title: Why California’s slavery reparations task force has the power to transform us all
Author: Kevin Waite
Abstract: Unless your school experience was atypical, you probably weren’t taught about the history of slavery in California. That could change for future generations, thanks in part to a new state task force that’s considering the question of reparations for the descendants of enslaved people in California. But it also has the power to transform our understanding of the past.
Year: 2021
Primary URL: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-09-10/california-task-force-reparations-slavery-history
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Los Angeles Times


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