Prof Richard Follett
|Post:||Professor of American History (American Studies, History, Documenting Louisiana Sugar 1845-1917, Marcus Cunliffe Centre for the Study of the American South)|
|Location:||ARTS A A149|
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Richard Follett is a historian of slavery and emancipation. Brought up in North Wales and Bristol, England, Follett attended the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Illinois for his BA degree. He obtained an MA from the University of London in 1991 before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to support his doctoral work on American slavery at Louisiana State University. Before moving to Sussex in 1999, he taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Professor of American History at Sussex, Follett has additionally held the following posts: Deputy Head of the School of History, Art History, and Philosophy (HAHP), University of Sussex; Director of Teaching and Learning, School of HAHP; Head of Department (American Studies).
Professor of American History
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White Fright: Slave Revolts in American Memory
Richard Follett will deliver a series of public lectures on his current book project, White Fright: Slave Revolts in American Memory (Johns Hopkins University Press) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (November 17); University of Mississippi (November 19), Memphis Cotton Museum (November 20). The Memphis Commercial Appeal -- that city's primary daily newspaper -- advertised the talk.
As a 2013-2014 Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, Richard Follett was interviewed about the book project White Fright and the research he conducted as Gilder Lehrman Fellow on the 1741 New York Slave Insurrection Conspiracy.
Sky News: Should Slavery Be Made Essential Reading?
12 Years a Slave opened in the UK on Friday 10th January with media coverage in print, radio and screen. Both director Steve McQueen and lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor were quoted as saying that Solomon Northup's autobiography (first published in New York in 1853) should be on the National Curriculum for British school-children.
Sky News covered the story with a special report, aired on Saturday 11th January, which is available here: Slavery 'Should Be Made Essential Reading', which they followed up by interviewing Richard Follett of Sussex University and then Miranda Kaufmann, historian and freelance journalist.