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Bowdoin's 1619 Project Event Series: 2. Bodies on the Line

1619 Project Event Series

Bowdoin College History Department

Schedule of Events

"This four-event public programming series from the Bowdoin College History Department focuses on The 1619 Project, published last year by The New York Times Magazine."

Session #1
One Nation?: America's Origins
and Slavery's Unfinished Past
Session #2
Bodies on the Line:
Prisons and Health Care
Session #3
Deep Cuts: Structural Inequality
and Popular Culture
Plenary #4
The 1619 Project and Making
Sense of the 2020 Election
Friday, September 11, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Patrick Rael, Professor of History
  • Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
  • Connie Chiang, Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • Matthew Klingle, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • David Hecht, Associate Professor of History
  • Page Herrlinger, Associate Professor of History
  • Rachel Sturman, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
  • Dallas Denery, Professor of History
  • Meghan Roberts, Associate Professor of History


  • Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, by Dan Berger (ebook)
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman, Jr. (Bowdoin)
  • New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (ebook)
  • Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, by Ben Crump (Bowdoin)
  • Body & Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being, edited by Linda Villarosa (Bowdoin)
  • Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, by Alondra Nelson (ebook)
  • Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, by David A. Ansell (Bowdoin)
  • Handbook of African American Health, eds. Anthony Lemelle, Wornie Reed, Sandra Taylor (ebook)
  • How Cancer Crossed the Color Line, by Keith Wailoo (Bowdoin)
  • Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation, by Samuel Roberts (ebook)
  • Minority Populations and Health: an Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States, by Thomas A. LaVeist (Bowdoin)
  • Vitality Politics: Health, Debility, and the Limits of Black Emancipation, by Stephen Knadler (Bowdoin)


Other Materials

A selection of materials that are mentioned in the readings or closely related materials.


  • Blood Sugar Rising: America's Hidden Diabetes Epidemic, 2020
  • Flint's Deadly Water, PBS Frontline, 2019
  • Prison State, PBS Frontline, 2014
  • True Justice - Brian Stevenson's Fight for Equality, HBO Films.
    From Emmy(r)-winners Peter, George and Teddy Kunhardt (King in the Wilderness, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls), this feature documentary follows Bryan Stevenson - lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative - through his experiences as a capital defense attorney and advocate for community-based reform.
  • Milwaukee 53206 - America's Mass Incarceration Crisis, Grasshopper Films.
    The United States has the most prisoners of any nation in the world both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population. These numbers are further compounded within Milwaukee's mostly African-American 53206 zip code, where 62% of adult men have spent time in prison, making this America's most incarcerated ZIP code.
  • Unnatural Causes, California Newsreel.
    Unnatural Causes sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect. While we pour more and more money into drugs, dietary supplements and new medical technologies, Unnatural Causes crisscrosses the country investigating the findings that are shaking up conventional understanding of what really makes us healthy or sick.


  • Prison Songs: Historical Recordings from Parchman Farm, Mississippi State Penitentiary, 1947-1948, recorded and collected by Alan Lomax. (Includes "related" liner notes)  

Vol. 1: Murderous Home
Vol 2: Don'tcha hear Poor Mother Calling?

  • Prison Worksongs, recorded at Angola State Penitentiary, LA (includes "related" liner notes)

Primary Sources

A selection of materials that are mentioned in the readings or closely related materials.

Government Publications


Other Primary Sources

To find more primary sources

To find more primary sources in CBBcat, here are some suggested very broad keyword searches:

[YOUR TOPIC OR NAME] AND (diaries OR diary OR correspondence OR letters OR interviews OR "personal narratives" OR "personal narrative" OR "oral histories" OR "oral history" OR autobiograph* OR memoir* OR sermon* OR speeches OR speech OR addresses OR address)

[YOUR TOPIC OR NAME] AND ("documentary histories" OR "documentary history" OR archives OR sources)

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