Season 4: October 2021 - August 2022
Episode 33 - An RCer unpacks racism and classism in an 18th century mixed-race family (23:10) October 21, 2021
Maria LoCicero, RC '21 with majors in LSA History and RC Arts & Ideas in the Humanities, combined her interests in history and theater in her creative senior Honors thesis in History. It is partly an historiographical analysis, largely based on letters found in the U-M Clements Historical Library, of the dynamics of racism and classism in the Taylor family of Scotland, Britain, and Jamaica in the 18th and 19th centuries. Building upon her extensive coursework in RC Drama courses as part of her Arts & Ideas major, Maria juxtaposed her essay with an original play "Their Station in Life" that illustrates how out members of the Taylor family felt like insiders and outsiders in different ways, and how they experienced their various "stations" as they pursued family, careers, and love. In this episode, Maria unpacks her process and her findings, and you'll even hear a small excerpt from the play.
The music on this episode is Corelli - Concerto Grosso D Minor 2 by the Advent Chamber Orchestra.
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