Black feminist thought has developed in various parts of the academy for over three decades, but has made only minor inroads into archaeological theory and practice. Whitney Battle-Baptiste outlines the basic tenets of Black feminist thought and research for archaeologists and shows how it can be used to improve contemporary historical archaeology. She demonstrates this using Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the WEB Du Bois Homesite in Massachusetts, and the Lucy Foster house in Andover, which represented the first archaeological excavation of an African American home. Her call for an archaeology more sensitive to questions of race and gender is an important development for the field.
“Battle-Baptiste has wielded her keyboard in bringing awareness to the life stories of those who have too long walked in the shadows and invites us to bear witness to them. In doing so, she provides another crucial perspective to the growing literature on the potentials for transforming archaeological practice and theory, and the rationales for why this is necessary.”
—from the foreword by Maria Franklin, University of Texas at Austin
“Battle-Baptiste takes us on three journeys, through the history of African American life in the U.S., through the history of African American archaeology, and her own journey of as a Black woman making a career in the academy. Her insights emerging from her distinctive Black Feminist approach provide important and novel insights for any scholar interested in the American past and future.”
—Robert Paynter, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
7 × 10 IN (17.8 × 25.4 CM)
|The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of “the color line.” From advances in education to the lingering effects of slavery, these prophetic infographics–beautiful in design and powerful in content–make visible a wide spectrum of black experience.
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits collects the complete set of graphics in full color for the first time, making their insights and innovations available to a contemporary imagination. As Maria Popova wrote, these data portraits shaped how “Du Bois himself thought about sociology, informing the ideas with which he set the world ablaze three years later in The Souls of Black Folk.”
|Whitney Battle-Baptiste is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at
University of Massachusetts Amherst and an associate professor in the
Department of Anthropology. She is the author of Black Feminist Archaeology .
Britt Rusert is an assistant professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of