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Recorded Zoom Lecture – “Its Success Is Our Success”: The Negro Building and the Politics of Slavery at the 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

Watch this recorded video as Tiffany Player, assistant professor of History at Georgia State University, presents, “Its Success Is Our Success”:  The Negro Building and the Politics of Slavery at the 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition. Player will share why the 1895 Atlanta Exposition offered a unique opportunity for African Americans to control the legacy of slavery after the Civil War.  In addition, she will talk about what was the Negro Building and why was it so popular among Atlanta fair goers, and how the Negro Building helped launch a national Black women’s reform movement.

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Tiffany Player

Tiffany Player

Tiffany Player is completing her first year as an assistant professor of History at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received a warm welcome from her students, GSU colleagues, and members of the greater Atlanta community and looks forward to making new connections. She is a native of New Orleans and so coming back home to the South has been a dream come true! Tiffany is a historian of identity formation and the attendant political and social transformations of communities within the African diaspora during slavery and after emancipation. She is currently working on her book project, tentatively titled, “What Are We Going to Do For Ourselves?: African American Women and the Politics of Slavery from the Antebellum Era to the Great Depression that analyzes Black women’s efforts to force a public reckoning with the material and cultural legacies of slavery in the United States as an essential component of their political power across multiple generations. Her presentation on the Negro Building and the 1895 Atlanta Exposition is a part of this larger project.

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