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Award-Winning Historian to Give Lecture on Slave Women Across Generations

Award-winning author Brenda Stevenson, professor and chair of Afro-American studies and history at UCLA, will deliver a talk at Pomona College titled “Untamed Voices: Slave Women Across the Generations” on Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Prize in 1997, Stevenson’s book Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (1996) is comprised of diaries, letters, journals and firsthand accounts describing the lives of slaveholders, slaves, free blacks and poor whites during the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Her work examines family life, gender roles, courtship and marriage, and parenting among whites; and addresses the nature of slavery, black family structure and slave marriage. The New York Review of Books called it, “An impressive example of the kind of local and regional history that for the last generation has transformed our understanding of the past.”

Stevenson has published widely, and was a co-editor and contributor to a three-volume set, Black Women in America (2005). She is currently working on two book-length research projects: Fanny's Kin: Slave Girls and Women in the American South, 1619-1865 and All Our's Daughter: Latasha Harlins, Female Violence and Racialized Justice.

Among Stevenson’s awards and honors are the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and the Smithsonian Fellowship in American History.

This event will be held in Edmunds Room 101 (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), and is sponsored by the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies of the Claremont Colleges. For further information, call (909) 607-3070 or email

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