Blues Bodies: New Negro Women in the Sex-Race Marketplace of the 1920s

book jacket to Prove it on meDr. Erin Chapman will discuss her first book manuscript, Prove It on Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s.  The book is a history of the cultural investment in African-American women’s images and bodies that pervaded U.S. society in the midst of transformations in race politics, sexual mores and popular culture that defined the New Negro era of the early 20th century.

Chapman is a historian of U.S. race politics, African-American cultural expression, U.S. gender politics and racialized popular culture at the George Washington University. Her second book-length project, Fighting the World: African American Women and the Gender Politics of Racial Advancement, 1830-1980, will analyze the long history of gender politics operating within African-American racial advancement ideologies and the praxis African-American women developed at certain historical junctures to address combined racism and sexism. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, among others.

This lecture will take place on February 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Black Studies Division, Room 316, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

For more information, please call 202-727-1261.