See Our History Graduate Students at the Celebration of Graduate Research

On April 10th, 2018, Rutgers University-Camden will be hosting its third annual Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities.

The event will take place in the Campus Center, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 6:00 p.m. The Graduate History Department is excited to announce that our very own students Sharece Blakney and Brittney Ingersoll will be presenting their research at this event – make sure to stop by and hear all about their research successes!

Ms. Blakney offered the following sneak peek into what her research deals with: 

“Using primary sources such as slave records, deeds of emancipation, and regional periodicals, my project tracks slave purchases for intentional manumission by African-American women. My project also explores the classification of intentional slave manumission as a form of activism.”

Mrs. Ingersoll likewise offered a description of her research topic: 

“The nineteenth century saw an influx of mass printing, with an array of different types of publications available to the public. One type of publication were illegal publications of licentious print. Licentious print consisted of erotic and pornographic prints that included imagery, novels, newspapers, and brothel guides. Brothel guides were guide books of brothels and prostitutes within the city. Historians have analyzed brothel guides as another form of illicit print and have looked at brothel guides to understand prostitution in print and society’s interest in prostitution…Although previous scholarship has analyzed the brothel guides to better understand prostitution and illicit print, this paper will look at this scholarship, and brothel guides themselves to better understand brothel guides and their power as marketing tools.” 

Congratulations to both of you on your success, and good luck at the research event! 


Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activiti

Sharece Blakney’s Research for Mural Arts Philadelphia

This morning, we are applauding our very own Sharece Blakney for her work with Mural Arts Philadelphia!

Mural Arts Philadelphia recently posted about Blakney’s research project, and included an excerpt from her essay titled “Equally Free With Myself: Slavery, Manumission, and Indentured Servitude in Kingsessing Township, 1780-1850.”

Congratulations again to Sharece Blakney! We love to see Rutgers Graduate History students excelling, both in the university sphere and in the surrounding communities. 

Poor Richard’s Junto NEWSLETTER!

This past week, Poor Richards Junto (our campus’s Graduate History Club) published the first volume of their new bimonthly newsletter, designed by our very own McKenna Britton, a graduate student in the Public History program at Rutgers-Camden.

Download the PDF below to learn about “historical happenings” in the area, gain some study advice, and add a new book to your reading list! Check back in March for the next edition. Happy reading! 

Poor Richards Junto Newsletter Vol. 1

Congratulations: Fellowships

We offer our congratulations to three of our graduate students today!

Sharece Blakney, Brittney Ingersoll, and Matt Ward have all received research fellowships from the graduate school to support their travel to archival collections. Well done!