Milton Claiborne Nicholas and the Legacy of the First Black Voters

For Milton Nicholas, the practical hurdle of illiteracy was exploited by election officials in order to manipulate his vote. Introduction One cannot begin to imagine the trepidation with which Milton Claiborne Nicholas approached the polls for the very first time. The illiterate rural farm laborer faced significant challenges as a first-time voter in the November[…]

Cartography, Politics, and Mischief: Gilman’s 1848 Map of the United States

This 1848 map proved more useful in Congress for its statistical data than for its colorful depiction of U.S. geographic contours. In December 1848, the U.S. General Land Office produced a map of the United States by its principal draftsman, Ephraim Gilman. It displayed all of the existing states, territories, proposed territories, and the area[…]

Rethinking Descriptions of Black Africans in Ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art

Communicating the diversity of the ancient Mediterranean. By Paula Gaither, Elisa McAtee, Kenneth Lapatin, and David Saunders Introduction Museums have much work to do. The Black Lives Matter movement’s call for social reform extends to arts institutions, bringing focus to the need for inclusivity and equity. The ways in which we present and describe artworks[…]

Are We Becoming Slaves to Technology and Social Media?

Are human beings increasingly becoming slaves to technology and social media? Answering this question can be a tad challenging since there cannot be any one definitive answer to the same. Technology has enhanced our lives at many different levels. It has uplifted the quality of lives and made formerly difficult-to-access things more accessible to us.[…]