Historian Jill Lepore (David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at the New Yorker) discusses her 2012 book, The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Princeton University Press).
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, chair of Afro-American Studies, director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, and author of seminal works on African American literary criticism and history. In The Bondwoman’s Narrative he brings into view one of the most important lost texts in the African American literary tradition, an autobiographical novel by a fugitive slave, Hannah Crafts.
This anonymous poem, “A Farewell Ode to Emigrants on Their Journey to America,” written in 1853 from the perspective of someone who stayed in Norway, illuminates the reasons some left Norway and praises the wonders of America.