The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia


Fall 2017

Professor Andrew Kahrl published article in The Washington Post

September 12, 2017

Woodson Fellow Lindsay Jones Publishes Piece on White Nationalism in Teen Vogue

August 18, 2017

Summer 2017

Professor Andrew Kahrl featured in UVA Today

July 28, 2017

Spring 2017

Carter G. Woodson Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellow Lyndsey Beutin is the author of ....

Lyndsey Beautin (Carter G. Woodson pre-doctoral fellow) is the author of an essay on how sensational, sexualized imagery is often held up as the greatest sin of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, but that bad data masquerading as authoritative fact is far more insidious. The essay was published on the Open Democracy media platform:

March 20, 2017

Carter G. Woodson Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellow Tony Perry published an article

Tony C. Perry (Carter G. Woodson Institute pre-doctoral fellow) published an article in Slavery & Abolition – A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies this month on how slaves and slaveholders mobilized cold weather against each other in contests over power:

March 9, 2017

Statement from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies Regarding President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

All inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors.      

                                                  --Martin Luther King, Jr. “The World House”


At this moment of distress and consternation, in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration of last Friday, it is useful to turn to “The World House,” the final chapter of King’s last book, Where do we Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967). There King began by referencing the papers of a famous novelist, containing a list of possible plots for future stories. The most prominent on the list, King noted , was this: “A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.” He goes on to say, “This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together—black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu—a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interests, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”  


The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies affirms King’s statement, along with his famous axiom that “Together we must learn to live as brothers [and sisters] or together we will be forced to perish as fools.” We further affirm the moral and intellectual value of our commitment to diversity, tolerance, civility, and justice, both at the University of Virginia and around the world. As scholars, researchers, and teachers of race, ethnicity and culture across the African Diaspora, we have a special understanding of the wide variety of cultural, historical and religious experiences that make up and bind together the human family globally—and inextricably. For this reason, we denounce any policy or plan, whether at local, state or federal level, that bids to sever this connection, whether through word or deed. Therefore, as citizens of the Commonwealth and scholars of the university, we assert our commitment to the creation and cultivation of a just society where intolerance, injustice, prejudice, and hate will not prevail. We believe we are all the richer by that racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic pluralism that has distinguished and sustained the American experiment since its founding. 

January 31, 2017

Fall 2016

Professor Talitha Leflouria "Chained in Silence: A History of Black Women and Convict Labor" Lecture

Lecture by award-winning historian Talitha L. LeFlouria (University of Virginia) on the plight of post-Civil War black women prisoners and their day-to-day struggles to overcome work-related abuses and violence, based on LeFlouria's award winning book. This event was the 2016 UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History Distinguished Annual Lecture and a part of the 2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series. October, 2016.

October 31, 2016

Spring 2016

Congratulations Post-Doc Talitha LeFlouria!

We are pleased to announce that Talitha Leflouria has received awards for Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South   

2016 PHILIP TAFT LABOR HISTORY AWARD for the most outstanding book  on American labor history, awarded by Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Labor and Working-Class History Association



BLOOMINGTON, IN—During its annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) presented Talitha L. LeFlouriaUniversity of Virginia, with their prestigious 2016Darlene Clark Hine Award, which is given annually for the best book in African American women’s and gender history.


Darlene Clark Hine Award

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press). With the use of numerous multilayered methodologies, Chained in Silence deconstructs and re-creates prison life and the convict-camp experience among black Georgia women in the era of the first New South, from Emancipation to the end of World War I. Like Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Talitha L. LeFlouria’s study employs a reformist approach to help readers understand the history of mass incarceration among African American women in the U.S. South. The real strength of the extraordinary community study, however, is its ability to provide southern African American women with multifaceted voices. These women, whose responsibilities included coal mining, steelmaking, blacksmithing, unskilled industrial work, railroading, laundering, milling, domestic service, and cotton farming, helped rebuild postwar Georgia. Often seen as invisible, even in the terrain of black convict leasing and prison life, women of African descent found themselves routinely victimized by a system predicated on social control and profit. By placing black women at the center of the early modern prison movement and New South industrial revolution, LeFlouria makes them even more impressive and salient as survivors and activists. This work is also relevant as an interdisciplinary study that borrows from and builds upon the scholarship of sociologists, criminologists, and historians in an attempt to resurrect the lives of Georgia African American women convicts. With the use of astonishing sources, including slave narratives, jail and prison records, manuscripts, sermons, women’s club records, and census data, Chained in Silence formulates a new historiographical paradigm that challenges prevailing schools of thought on the subject matter, particularly the held belief that black men alone in the convict lease and chain-gang systems principally helped shape the New South economy.


The award was presented on April 9 by OAH’s 2015–16 President Jon Butler and 2016–17 President Nancy F. Cott.

For more information, visit or call 812.855.7311.


Founded in 1907, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship. With more than 7,500 members from the U.S. and abroad, OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, encouraging wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of history practitioners. It publishes the quarterly Journal of American History, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record in the field of American history for more than nine decades. It also publishes The American Historian magazine. Formerly known as the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA), the association became the OAH in 1965 to reflect a broader scope focusing on national studies of American history. The OAH national headquarters are located in the historic Raintree House on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.




Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

Fall 2015

Congratulations Post-Doc Fellow Talitha LeFlouria!

Our own post-doctoral fellow, Talitha LeFlouria was awarded the Leticia Brown Woods book prize last month at the 100th anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization founded by our namesake, Carter G. Woodson (it was then the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History).  Today’s edition features substantial coverage of Talitha and her prize-winning book, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press). I paste the link for those who may have not have seen the story.  CONGRATULATIONS again to Talitha!

October 20, 2015