This is about the pocket diary of Emilie Frances Davis, a woman of color living in Philadelphia, PA in the 1860s. Emilie’s is a voice we don’t often hear in our Civil War studies. She was an educated woman who was part of the African-American elite living in Philadelphia at the time. This diary was brought to light by Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, who has published it. Whitehead is a graduate of the New York Film Academy and is a documentary filmmaker. She has a Ph.D. from University of Maryland Baltimore County in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She’s currently an assistant professor of Communications at Loyola University. You can see her CV here. This looks like it will be a fascinating book to read.
Notes From a Colored Girl