Season 1, Episode 4: Searching for Sankofa – New York’s African Burial Ground

In 1991, construction workers broke ground on a new federal government office building at 290 Broadway in New York City. When they opened up the earth before them, they got more than they had bargained for. In the coming months,  archaeologists descended upon the site. What they unearthed was a six-acre burial ground, historically knownContinue reading “Season 1, Episode 4: Searching for Sankofa – New York’s African Burial Ground”

Season 1, Episode 3: Widowhood & Remaking the Early American Family

In the summer of 1757, James Murray faced the difficult task of protecting his young family from another “sickly season” of tropical diseases among the rice swamps of early North Carolina. Was he successful? What happens when early American families faced the death of a parent? How did men and women experience widowhood in environmentsContinue reading “Season 1, Episode 3: Widowhood & Remaking the Early American Family”

Season 1, Episode 2: Hunting Ghosts and Seeing Apparitions

Are ghosts the spirits of the dearly departed communicating from beyond the grave? At least some early modern theologians were skeptical about the idea. In this episode of Historia Mortis, we delve into early modern beliefs around ghost sightings, their connections to one’s mental state, and the “science of the dead” — thanatology! Released OctoberContinue reading “Season 1, Episode 2: Hunting Ghosts and Seeing Apparitions”

Season 1, Episode 1: Understanding Death in Early America

Is death an adversary or a friend? This week on Historia Mortis, Dr. Kimberly Sherman takes us on a jaunt through early American history as we explore the changing attitudes toward death from the seventeenth century to the antebellum era.  Released October 13, 2020 Listen to Season 1, Episode 1 on Anchor.fm On this episode:Continue reading “Season 1, Episode 1: Understanding Death in Early America”