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People Count

Kathrin Levitan’s (College of William and Mary)

The modern census came about in the early 19th century and it changed the way people thought about their identities and their relationship with government. Kathrin Levitan’s book “A Cultural History of the British Census: Envisioning the Multitude in the Nineteenth Century” looks at how and why census taking became a fact of the modern era.

15 mins

A Portrait of a Queen

Michelle Moseley-Christian (Virginia Tech)

Queen Elizabeth I maintained her hold on power partly through a carefully managed public image. Michelle Moseley-Christian explains how portraiture factored into one of Britain’s longest ever reigns.

5 mins

The Royal Progress

John Adrian (University of Virginia at Wise)

Queen Elizabeth I took frequent trips to smaller towns around England which were known as the Royal Queen’s Progress. John Adrian says that the Queen’s Progress legitimized local authorities and describes how small English towns “performed” their local identity to the Queen on her arrival.

8 mins

Mapping Lambert’s Point

Avi Santo & Tom Chapman (Old Dominion University)

Do you know the history under your feet? At Old Dominion University, students are collecting the untold stories of Lambert’s Point, a historically black neighborhood partially destroyed to make way for the ODU campus. Avi Santo and Tom Chapman are leading the project to recover Norfolk’s black history from the 1900s to today.

7 mins

Community Against Coal

Jason Sawyer (Norfolk State University)

In 2010 the small, mostly black community of Fulton just outside of Richmond, Virginia, was shocked to learn a black mountain of toxic coal ash had been deposited at the edge of a landfill half a mile away. Jason Sawyer says low-income communities are often targeted by industrial polluters, looking for the cheapest and easiest way to dispose of toxic materials.

17 mins

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