“William Johnson, Diarist: Concepts of Race and Class in Our Understanding of Old Natchez”
The series of personal journals maintained between 1835 and 1851 by Natchez barber William Johnson, a free man of color, provide valuable and fascinating insights into the complex world of a prosperous Mississippi river town in the years before the Civil War. In her talk, Kathleen Bond will discuss how Johnson’s reporting of local, everyday life illuminates our understanding of politics, codes of honor, economics, gender roles, and recreation, and sheds some light into the mind of the diarist himself.
Bond is the Superintendent of the Natchez National Historical Park.
Brown Bags occur select Wednesdays throughout the school year in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory.