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Combee: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Gullah Geechee Transformation - Distinguished Speakers Series: Dr. Edda Fields-Black
" ‘Combee’: Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and the Gullah Geechee Transformation" is the first original research about Harriet Tubman in more than 15 years and the first ever original research on Tubman’s Civil War service. This narrative history will tell the untold story of the Combahee River Raid from the perspective of Tubman and the enslaved people she helped to free based on new sources not previously used by historians, as well as new interpretations of sources familiar to Tubman’s biographers. It is the story of Harriet Tubman’s Civil War service during which she worked as a cook and nurse in Beaufort, SC, and gathered intelligence among freed people and enslaved blacks. It is the story of enslaved people who labored against their wills on nine rice plantations, ran for their lives, boarded the US gunboats, and sailed to freedom.

May 13, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black
Associate Professor @Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Fields-Black is a specialist in the trans-national of West African rice farmers, peasant farmers in pre-colonial Upper Guinea Coast and enslaved laborers on rice plantations in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry during the antebellum period. Dr. Fields-Black is principal investigator of a team of historians and scientists is engaged in a project, “‘Queen Rice’: How Enslaved Labor Transformed Wetland Landscapes and America,” an interdisciplinary 300-year study of the impact of enslaved labor on the coastal wetlands, the impact of the Lowcountry environment on enslaved communities, and best practices for conservation of Lowcountry’s rice fields in the face of climate change and sea level rise using archaeology, conservation, digital humanities, historical sources and analysis, pollen studies, soil science, and wildlife ecology.