Tonya Matthews and John Rees
Recorded May 17, 2022 Archived May 17, 2022 43:03 minutes
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DescriptionColleagues Dr. Tonya Maria Matthews (48) and John Rees (65) talk about Black soldiers in the American Revolutionary War, education, and art.
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TM asks JR about his process of writing his book on African-American soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.
TM shares her journey to research on African-American soldiers in the American Revolutionary War. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging Black women's roles in wars.
TM asks JR what he would change about the way we think of history. He talks about the integration of the American Revolutionary Army and how little he knew about Black soldiers.
TM talks about the nuance of Black soldiers fighting a battle for freedom while enslaved and how freedom was not an option until decades later.
TM and JR discuss freedom and equality for Black soldiers in the American Revolutionary War and pension records.
TM talks about education on the American Revolutionary War, the lack of information on the war in the south, and the Liberty Trail in South Carolina.
TM talks about her preference for modern art on the American Revolutionary War and asks JR his thoughts on art on the American Revolutionary War.
TM talks about the intentionality of remembering diverse populations in American history.
- Tonya Matthews
- John Rees