FC 058 Discovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guest is Elise Guyette, author of the book Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890.

Discovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette on Fieldstone CommonBio

ELISE A. GUYETTE, Ed.D., is a historian active in efforts to develop Vermont’s diversity curriculum in K–12 schools.

Book Summary

Vermont is often regarded as the “whitest” US state. Dig a little deeper and you will realize that Vermont is steeped in the history of many cultures including African Americans. Discovering Black Vermont traces three generations of free blacks who built a life farming in northern Vermont. By using historical records, Elise Guyette pieces together this forgotten piece of history.

Fieldstone Common host Marian Pierre-Louis and Elise Guyette dig into what life was like for these families starting with their arrival in Vermont in the 1790s.

Book InfoDiscovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette on Fieldstone Common

Title: Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890
Publisher: University Press of New England (2010)
Trade Paperback; 213 pages with end notes, bibliography, index and some BxW photos  and illustrations.

Discovering Black Vermont is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Prize Winners

Two copies of Discovering Black Vermont were given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the University Press of New England.

The winners were:

  • Kyle Johnson of Massachusetts
  • Elroy Davis of Vermont

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to the University Press of New England for their generosity in donating the books!

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Discovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette

Next episode: Thursday, 26 September 2013Discovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Elise Guyette, author of Discovering Black Vermont.

An impressive work of historical recovery, Discovering Black Vermont tells the story of three generations of free blacks trying to build a life and community in northern Vermont in the years following statehood. By piecing together fragments of the history of free blacks in Vermont–tax and estate records, journals, diaries, and the like–the author recovers what is essentially a lost world, establishing a framework for using primary sources to document a forgotten past. The book is an invaluable resource for those conducting local history research and will serve as inspiration for high school and college students and their teachers.

Discovering Black Vermont with Elise Guyette on Fieldstone CommonWhen she was in 4th grade, Elise A. Guyette discovered that her people, French-Canadian, Lebanese, and Irish, were left out of her Vermont history text. When she began teaching, she was given the same little green textbook to teach her first students. It reminded her of the sting of being overlooked and, as a result, she has spent her adult life in pursuit of stories omitted from traditional histories. Guyette is an historian, writer, and educational consultant, who is a part-time faculty member at the University of Vermont. She has taught history workshops for teachers throughout the United States, and in China and South Africa. Her publications include the textbook, Vermont: A Cultural Patchwork; a teacher’s guide for Making a Living: The Work Experiences of African Americans in New England; Gandhi in South Africa: A Perfect Miracle or Political Expediency; and Behind the White Veil: A History of Vermont’s Ethnic Groups in Many Cultures, One People: A Multicultural Handbook for Teachers. Her newest book tells the history of the United States in microcosm from 1790 to 1890, from the viewpoint of African American farmers in northern Vermont.