24th 2013
Ask a Slave!

Posted under: American history, art, class, Gender, Intersectionality, jobs, race, Uncategorized, women's history

A graduate student of mine alerted me to this brilliant YouTube series of short videos, Ask a Slave. (Don’t we get all the best ideas from our students? I sure do!) Ask a Slave, directed by comedian Jordan Black, is based on the real-life experiences of actress Azie Mira Dungey who worked as a “living history character” to portray an enslaved maid at Mount Vernon.

One of the things I think Lizzie May does very well is to suggest the ways in which white women were just as complicit in the creation and maintenance of slavery as white men. Be sure to see all five videos! (My favorite is Episode 2: Abolitioning, which very cleverly notes that slavery wasn’t the only thing keeping African Americans down in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.) Gawker calls Ask a Slave “the best Web series since Drunk History!” You be the judge!


5 Responses to “Ask a Slave!”

  1. Susan on 24 Sep 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I love these… Smart and funny!

  2. Perpetua on 25 Sep 2013 at 6:47 am #

    My favorite line is about putting hemlock in Lady Washington’s tea. “Just enough to make her sick. .. not enough to kill her.”

  3. Historiann on 25 Sep 2013 at 8:25 am #

    But. . . but what if she NEEDS something? Really NEEDS something???

  4. Fratguy on 25 Sep 2013 at 11:56 am #

    All of the “Ask a Slave” episodes segueing into “Drunk History” ? Dammit, I have work to do today.

  5. quixote on 25 Sep 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I saw the first episode and then forgot to check back. And now there’s four more! Wheee! Thank you for reminding me. She’s a genius.

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