RESOURCES AND READINGS
To learn more about the history of displacement in our community, nationally and internationally, the partners to "(W)HERE TO STAY?! have begun to compile a reading and viewing list, drawing on the contributions of many in our community. We wish to particularly thank Charlene Green of the Charlottesville Human Rights Commission, Louis Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at UVA, Kiri Van Langen Welty of the International Rescue Committee, Patricia Sullivan of the University of Virginia's English Department, Arielle Moncure of UNHCR, and many others. Please send us your suggestions so we can add to this list. Just write us a note via our contact form here. Thank you!
Local History and Narratives of Displacement
James Robert Saunders and Renae Nadine Shackelford, Urban Renewal and the End of Black Culture in Charlottesville, Virginia: An Oral History of Vinegar Hill (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1998).
Vinegar Hill 1963, Life in the Neighborhood, Photographs by Gundars Osvalds, Foreward by Scott French, Essay by Kenneth Schwartz, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Claudrena N. Harold and Louis P. Nelson, Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity, (University of Virginia Press, August 2018).
Daniel Bluestone, “A Virginia Courthouse Square: Reviving the Colonial,” chapter in “Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory” – an academic case study that chronicles the history of “Court Square” and the wider area, including the decimation of the residences of African Americans on McKee Block across from the Court House between 1880 and 1910 and the demolition of African American Residences in Vinegar Hill ½ a century later in the 1960’s.
Louis Nelson, “Object Lesson: Monuments and Memory in Charlottesville” in Buildings and Landscapes (Fall,
2018): pages 17-35. A review of the history of Charlottesville's monuments, both statues and buildings and the neighborhoods.
From Porch Swings to Patios: An Oral History of Charlottesville's Neighborhoods (1990)
“More Than a Mall – A Guide to Historic Downtown Charlottesville” (February 18, 2013). Albemarle Charlottetsville Historical Society. Available online at https://issuu.com/uvaarch/docs/cvillemallbooklet
"Longtime 10th and Page residents are seeing a shift in the neighborhood," Jordy Yager, 12/1/17, C-Ville.
"10 Places on Grounds to Rediscover Black History," Anne Bromley, 2/27/2017, UVA Today. https://news.virginia.edu/content/10-places-grounds-rediscover-black-history
"Kitty Fosters Site Added to State Landmarks Registry," Savannah Borders, 3/22/2016, Cavalier Daily. http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2016/03/site-on-grounds-added-to-state-landmarks-registry
"Out of the Shadows, Event to Commemorate Kitty Foster and the Canada Community," Carolyn Dillard, 3/21/2011, Cavalier Daily. https://news.virginia.edu/content/out-shadows-event-commemorate-kitty-foster-and-canada-community
"Foster Home, Cemetery Remembered with Memorial Park," Matt Kelly, 10/10/2006, UVA Today.
"Catherine's Ghost," Susan Gervasi, 10/10/1993, Washington Post. (An early article about the excavation of the homesight of Catherine "Kitty" Foster and the graveyard discovered on UVA grounds that has been memorialized). https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1993/10/10/catherines-ghost/1a0be337-c4b0-4835-9520-c4eb8d9d4c7c/?utm_term=.85fb5a604b8f
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces, Report to City Council, December 19, 2016. A rich compendium of historical resources with timelines on Charlottesville history can be found in the appendices to the report on the public process to provide "the City Council with options for telling the full story of Charlottesville’s history of race and for changing the City’s narrative through our public spaces." http://www.charlottesville.org/home/showdocument?id=49037
The Vinegar Hill Project, see: http://vinegarhillproject.org/Welcome.html, a static website that includes useful information from an earlier collaboration between community and university groups, containing useful resources, particularly extensive mapping, on Vinegar Hill.
“History of Vinegar Hill,” See: http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/schwartz/vhill/vhill.history.html, website includes a short history of Vinegar Hill (with no attribution of authorship), that includes a bibliography and links to other articles.
President's Commission on Slavery and the University & the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
The University of Virginia's gateway website to information from its multi-year initiative "exploring and commemorating its relationship with slavery, as well as the lives of the enslaved people who were an integral part of early life at Jefferson’s University."
(Article on the "Kitty Foster" Site, the Venable Lane Community - also known derogatorily as "Canada" and University of Virginia efforts to memorialize these sites, on the Center for Cultural Landscapes website.)
"The Illusion of Progress: Charlottesville's Roots in White Supremacy," a resource rich "Storymap" with data, timelines, photographs, and an extensive bibliography produced by the Citizen Justice Initiative of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Sudies at UVA. http://illusion.woodson.as.virginia.edu/index.html
The World is Gone, Race and Displacement in a Southern Town, see: https://www.fieldstudiofilms.com/that-world-is-gone/ ****,
Albemarle’s Black Classrooms, a film by Lorenzo Dickerson’s Maupintown Media.
National Perspectives and Narratives of Displacement
Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do, Abrams Comicarts (2018). A graphic novel of one family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America.
Janine Di Giovanni, The Morning They Came for US: Dispatches from Syria, Liveright (May 9, 2017). Written by the Middle East Editor of Newsweek, Giovanni tells the story of what it is like to live in wartime Syria, offering a firsthand account of the lives affected.
Jenny Erpenbeck, Go, Went, Gone, translated by Susan Bernofsky, New Directions (September 26, 2017).
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, And What We Can Do About It, New Village Press; Second edition (November 15, 2016)
Alan Gratz, Refugee, Scholastic Press (2017). Young adult novel drawing together the stories of three refugees over the last century, from Germany, Cuba and Syria.
Daniel W. Haines, Safe Haven?: A History of Refugees in America, Kumarian Press (August, 2010). “A thoughtful exploration of the question implicit in the work’s title: has the United States provided a safe haven for refugees?"(from a review by Stacey Shaw in the Journal of Refugee Studies
Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World, translated by Lisa Dilman, And Other Stories (2015).
Patrick Kingsley, The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis, Liveright: 1rst edition/W.W. Norton (January 10, 2017).
Hamid Mohsin, Exit West, Riverhead Books (March 7, 2017). This Man Booker Prize finalist novel tells the story of two migrants, Saeed and Nadia, “who leave an unnamed country in the midst of a civil war and journey to Greece, England and eventually the Unite States in an effort to invest new lives for themselves.” (Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times.)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, ed., The Displaced: Refugee Writers On Refugee Lives, Abrams Press (2018).
Ben Rawlence, City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp, Picador (January 3, 2017). Named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and Foreign Affairs magazines, Rawlence tells the story of nine individuals in the Dadaab refugee camp in Northern Kenya.
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, LiveRight Publishing/W.W. Norton, 1rst edition (May 1, 2018)
Teresa Thornhill, Hara Hotel: A Tale of Syrian Refugees in Greece, Verso (April 10, 2018). A first=hand account of a Greek refugee camp and the stories of refugees staying there.
Goran Rosenberg, Refugees and Europe: The Swedish Exception, Granta, September 7th, 2015.
Nicholas Schmidle, Ten Borders: One refugee’s epic escape from Syria, The New Yorker, Oct. 26, 2015.
@EverydayMigration picturing humanity on the move. A visual project by the #Everyday Instagram community.
Re-imagining Migration, a website developed by UCLA professors Carola Suarez-Orozco and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, with Adam Strom, who spent 20 years with the organization, Facing History and Ourselves. Re-Imaginging Migration provides resources and training to educators.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN’s leading refugee agency provides a wealth of reporting and statistics on the status of refugees and refugee relief and assistance worldwide.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN agency for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure coherent responses to emergencies, UN OCHA’s website has a wealth of information on internally displaced persons in countries around the world.