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rehernandez, Author at Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture

TIPHC Newsletter, Mar. 17-23, 2019

The Bold Accomplishments of Women of Color Need to Be a Bigger Part of Suffrage History An upcoming Smithsonian exhibition, “Votes For Women,” delves into the complexities and biases of the nature of persistence Image: Anna Julia Haywood (Cooper), by H.M Platt, 1884 (Courtesy of Oberlin College Archives) (Smithsonian) The history of women gaining

TIPHC Newsletter, Mar. 10-16, 2019

Explore the Underground Railroad’s ‘great central depot’ From Harriet Tubman to Gerrit Smith, abolitionists in central New York ushered thousands of escaped slaves to freedom. (National Geographic) A mere mention of Harriet Tubman or Fredrick Douglass conjures up images of former slaves, abolitionists and the struggle for freedom for enslaved Africans. Both New York

TIPHC Newsletter, Mar. 3-9, 2019

Story of slave, Alamo hero recounted in new book Image: In this sketch by artist Gary Zaboly, a wounded Joe is forced at the point of a bayonet to identify key members of the Alamo garrison after the final attack of March 6, 1836. (Image courtesy of Lee Spencer White) (Houston Chronicle) Texans who

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2019

In Search of George Washington Carver’s True Legacy The famed agriculturalist deserves to be known for much more than peanuts Photo: Botanist George Washington Carver, seen here in a 1940 photo, donated $33,000 in cash to the Tuskegee Institute to establish a fund to carry on the agricultural and chemical work he began. (Bettmann) (Smithsonian)

The Everlasting Light

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it givith light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 17-23, 2019

7 black composers who changed the course of classical music history (Classic FM) From Scott Joplin to Florence Price, the music of these brilliant composers has too long been neglected in Western classical music tradition. In Black History Month, we’re celebrating the most famous and influential black composers in classical music history. 1. Joseph

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 10-16, 2019

Life Aboard a Slave Ship (History.com) Video: TV-PG, 4:02 (graphic content) From approximately 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; nearly 2 million slaves would perish on their journey across the Atlantic.

TIPHC Newsletter, Feb. 3-9, 2019

The Racism of 19th-Century Advertisements Illustrated advertising cards invoked ethnic stereotypes, using black women as foils in order to appeal to white consumers. Image: A trade card for Dilworth's Coffee, Philadelphia via Flickr (JSTOR Daily) After decades of presenting the archetypal American consumer as white and female, advertisers are slowly broadening their imagery to include

The Return of the Silent Majority

Fifty years ago, in January 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. His legacy as President was marred by the Watergate investigations and his eventual resignation from office which overshadowed the way in which he won the office. His central campaign rhetoric was designed to garner support from

TIPHC Newsletter, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019

The Little-Known Southern Underground Railroad Into Mexico Is an Important Piece of Black History Image: Routes of the underground railroad (Remezcla) In July 1863, numerous local newspapers throughout Texas reported that three enslaved Africans “stole a bale of cotton” and used the bundle to float across the Rio Grande and into neighboring Mexico, where