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CFP: Call for Articles and Lesson Plans for an edited volume based upon the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn black woman

February 10, 2014

Articles and Lesson Plan proposals are invited for an edited book titled “The Emilie Frances Davis Companion Reader” (Apprentice House, May 2014).


The book will be a supplement to the forthcoming “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis,” (USC Press, May 2014) written by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D. 


Emilie was a freeborn black woman who lived in Philadelphia during the United State Civil War. From 1863-1865, she recorded her daily activities in three leather-bound pocket diaries. In “Notes,” Whitehead provides a transcription of Davis’ diaries and reconstructs her life by exploring her worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia’s free black community in the nineteenth century.


The editors welcome articles and lesson plans written for students in either K-5th grade; 6th-8th grade Social Studies; or high school history courses. Each lesson plan will use entries from Davis’s diary to help students connect her life to theirs. Lesson plans are needed in the followingareas:




*Social Studies





Articles and Lesson Plans should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages, including endnotes. Please note, The Chicago Manual of Style must be used for citations.


The DEADLINE for all submissions is March 28, 2014.


“The Emilie Davis Companion Reader” will be co-edited by Dr. Conra Gist and Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead. Direct all questions and submissions to and to receive entries from the diary.


"Emilie Frances Davis"  (this is a picture of what she might have looked liked) painting by Calvin Coleman

“Emilie Frances Davis”
(this is a picture of what she might have looked liked)
painting by Calvin Coleman

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