Lewis, David Levering

David Levering Lewis

Silver Dialogues Essay

In the final year of the nineteenth century, the American Historical Association (AHA) convened in Boston and Cambridge during the last week of December The Association then numbered fifteen hundred members and was presided over by James Ford Rhodes, successful Ohio businessman and even more successful author of the arbitral, multi-volume History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850. At this 1899 meeting, there were no Jews, no Negroes, no women to speak of, and all the gays were in the closet. Ten years later, W.E.B. Du Bois would address the AHA; his would be the first and last appearance of an African American on the program until 1940. Read More...