Trace in the Chesapeake: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape @ Mellon Midday Dialogue, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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Lauret Savoy will offer elements from her book Trace and introduce her current writing project on the Chesapeake region. The new work braids histories of the land and of “race” via her search for ancestors, who were free and enslaved Africans, colonists from Europe, and Indigenous peoples.  Their stories are entangled with the rise and fall of tobacco agriculture and the origin and growth of the capital city along the Potomac River.  Lauret delves through fragmented histories—geological, personal, cultural—to find shadowy outlines of other stories of place in America.  She asks, what is your relationship with history, told and untold, on this land?