Historian Barbara Krauthamer is being recognized as a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar for her unique view of the history of slavery and emancipation in the Americas. Her groundbreaking research and award-winning books give voice to those who are underrepresented in the historical record, presenting a more inclusive view of the past.
Her recent book, “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” co-authored with photographic historian Deborah Willis of New York University, won the 45th Annual NAACP Image Award in non-fiction and has been honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Since the book’s release, it has garnered national attention through major media outlets such as the New York Times and CBS.
Krauthamer has quickly moved into the national spotlight as one of few historians researching the underrepresented areas of slavery and emancipation in the Americas. Her more recent book, “Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South,” is the first study of slavery in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations.