Scholar, Author, and Authority on the History of African American Women and Mass Incarceration
Slavery by Another Name
Dr. LeFlouria has done extensive research on the South’s shift from slave state to carceral state in the half-century following the American Civil War. She had the opportunity to expound on her work and shared sobering statistics about how black women were used within the system in the documentary, Slavery by Another Name.
Talitha LeFlouria and Susan Burton discuss the historical impact of mass incarceration on black women. Dr. LeFlouria is an award-winning historian and author. Ms. Burton is the founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project and author of the award-winning Becoming Ms. Burton. This event was the opening plenary at the 2019 American Association for State and Local History conference.
Talitha LeFlouria’s great-grandmother was a sharecropper in Georgia in the Jim Crow era, but despite positive stories about her childhood, LeFlouria noticed that on some topics, her grandmother would fall silent.
Building on a century-old, philanthropic tradition of investing in creative scholarly research, Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced the 2018 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. As part of the so-called “brainy awards,” 31 extraordinary scholars and writers will each receive up to $200,000, making it possible for them to devote their time to significant research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social sciences.
Chained in Silence
Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
In 1868, the state of Georgia began to make its rapidly growing population of prisoners available for hire. The resulting convict leasing system ensnared not only men but also African American women, who were forced to labor in camps and factories to make profits for private investors. In this vivid work of history, Talitha L. LeFlouria draws from a rich array of primary sources to piece together the stories of these women, recounting what they endured in Georgia’s prison system and what their labor accomplished.