Interpreting Slave Life

Slavery: Let's talk about it

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  1. Monique Laney says:

    Hi Nicole,
    I was the person introducing your panel at NCPH a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to tell you that I love the work you are doing. Your blog is a lot of fun, and I am certain there are a lot of folks out there, young and not so young, who benefit immensely from your work on and offline!

    Until the next NCPH meeting maybe!

    • Nicole says:

      Hey Monique!!
      Thanks for stopping by, hopefully you’ll be around to read on as I keep going! I’m glad the blog is a lot of fun because I have a lot of fun (as odd as that may sound) interpreting slave life and talking about it. Send your friends and stay in touch!


  2. Melissa Jest says:

    Hello Nicole.
    Have you ever considered using “enslaved Africans” or “enslaved people”?
    I recognize that the term “slave” is easier and has been legitimized through hundreds of year of use. However, it is a degrading term as it was meant to be and it erases the humanity of these ancestors.
    So while “enslaved Africans” or “enslaved people” is longer to say, i believe it does what many efforts are neglecting to do – it restores the humanity that was ripped away from these ancestors. Or will the heritage tourism and public history field continue to dehumanize these ancestors for the sake of easy and tradition?
    Thanks, melissa

  3. Ellen says:

    Hey ,
    Im not one for blogging & such… but , I just heard of you from NPR radio. I’m not sure what all an “interper” is……but , it sounds like a good thing so far.

    I do geneaology….as an interest. I’m white ( but , sure a DNA test whould probably say different Both sides of my line are from the south.

    Not sure how to word this,,,,,,,,but , slavery is a fact of our past. Good & bad,,,,,,it simply was. I know slavery was bad , but , I think different holdings where , well..different.
    My 2nd greatgrandfather was willed slaves from his father as well as were his sibs.
    Sooo…there was this slave ” Aron” ( I think,sorry I’d have to ck paperwork to be sure,) anyway,,,,,, my 2ndg was in TX legislature( signed sesceed from the union – joined the confederate.)

    Before TX joined the confederate…….he freeed his slaves, Aron ( who was abt his age/ grew up together) followed him through out the civil war. There’s a story abt them sneaking through north lines to get lead for guns.
    There is much I have to learn , but another story says ..after the war , most of the slaves returned & stayed at my 2ndgd’s home/plantation.

    I grew up in TX ,,,had forced bussing ( was too young to understand……it provided lessons , both good & bad.) I came home from shool one day and asked my mother “what a nigger was ?” She ,,,,,,,,,she told me NEVER to say that word again , ( I haven’t till this.) ha

    There’s more , but I guess what I’m trying to say is…..slavery was bad , but it happened.
    I think we can only grow if we admit it / talk abt it. I wish I could connect with family from some of the slave from my 2ndgd. It doesn’t mattter what I hear(good or bad.) it matters to knw what happened. From that , we all grow.

  4. Clarissa says:

    Hi Nicole,
    I haven’t met you but Dr. Karen Cox suggested I contact you about your work with Latta Plantation. I have been doing living history demonstrations of open hearth cooking and trying to find any tidbits that I can on Sukey. I understand your thesis was about slave life at Latta Plantation. I would love to ask you some questions. Please email me if you have a moment.
    Clarissa recently posted..Savor the Flavor of Spring

  5. Hello Nicole,

    i just wanted to let you know that I am not a fan of blogs, but you have changed my mind. I was introduced to you via Facebook from a post by Michael W. Twitty. I was in Colonial Williamsburg in June with the Teaching American History Grant group, and I am now disappointed that I did not get a chance to meet you. I was fascinated by the historical interpreters and marveled that now I have another way to engage my students in history. Also, to let you know that I am working on a lesson about primary and secondary source and I will be including a link to your site, so that more teachers, have the pleasure of meeting you as well.
    Peace~ Valencia Abbott

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you are finding the site a great tool for teaching and thanks for spreading the word. Please let me know if you have suggestions, especially from a teachers p.o.v. or questions that you’d like to see answered. I hope that more teachers will use this as one of many resources they have to talk about slavery in the classroom. I truly TRULY appreciate you reaching out. Best, Nicole

  6. Hello!
    Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. Someone clicked on over to my site, so I came over here and found your wonderful blog. I instantly subscribed. If you haven’t yet, check out my paper Had on when she went away: Expanding the Usefulness of Garment Data in American Runaway Advertisements 1750–90 through Database Analysis
    Maybe it’s of interest. I have recorded in a relational database 1000 runaway women (about 2/3 indentured and 1/3 enslaved) and their 6000 garments.
    Looking forward to hearing more about your work.
    All the best,
    Becky Fifield

  7. Yulanda says:


    It was wonderful meeting you at the CWI conference. You were spot on in your comments about interpreting enslavement and issues involving the relationship between academics, public historians and historical interpreters. Interpreting anything pertaining to African Americans has it’s challenges that most people do not understand, can’t grasp or chose not to grasp. It’s important that a network is built to help handle these challenges. The history will always be there no matter what challenges we face. It’s up to us to preserve it and bring it to the forefront to a wider audience.

    Various USCT units have interpreted slavery. It goes with the territory. Pictures of the Camp Nelson event (From Slavery to Soldier) are posted on the USCTLHA Yahoo Discussion forum in the “Photos” folder at It’s an old fashion method of social media, but there are no ownership issues. You must subscribe to the group.

    Best Regards,
    Yulanda (aka Yulie)

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