Hold Fast to Your Dreams – Guest Post by Terri Giuliano Long

“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes Hold Fast to Your Dreams – Guest Post by Terri Giuliano Long Since fall 2010, as I prepared to publish my debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, through the long, tedious marketing process, I learned a lot about… Read more

Invisible Lives: Hunting for Slave Quarters at Montpelier

Part V: Hints from Ancient People After the day digging, we’re taken on an archeologist tour of the plantation starting with the slave cemetery.  There are at least thirty-five people buried there, probably many more because of the ritual of filling in the depressions formed by the sinking soil so the earth is level.  Headstones… Read more

Invisible Lives: Hunting for Slave Quarters at Montpelier

Part IV: The Tobacco Field: Archaeology 101 On a sunny, but not too hot morning, the entire team gathers on the Tobacco Field. There are six of us volunteers, five interns who obtain additional field experience before entering graduate school, three field staff who have completed some graduate school in archaeology, and three permanent archaeologists:… Read more

Invisible Lives: Hunting for Slave Quarters at Montpelier

  Part III: James Madison- A 2012 look at a Founding Father Archeology played a crucial role in the restoration of the mansion of Montpelier now returned to its glory when Madison was president. Domestic slaves lived near the mansion; archeologists uncovered the size and form of their dwelling close to a kitchen, as well… Read more

Invisible Lives: Hunting for Slave Quarters at Montpelier

Part II: Monticello and Jefferson’s Biracial Family   We drive south from Michigan on a sunny day, angling through the hills of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Beside us are cliffs of shale, signaling the coal that once was there, mountaintops carved away, their heads chopped off and their guts—the coal—shipped, sometimes on trains driven by… Read more

Invisible Lives: Hunting for Slave Quarters at Montpelier

American racial ideology is as original an invention of the Founders as is the United States itself. Those holding liberty to be inalienable and holding Afro-Americans as slaves were bound to end by holding race to be a self-evident truth. Thus we ought to begin by restoring to race—that is, the American version of race—its proper history…Barbara Jeanne Fields… Read more