The following is a faculty research project supported by the Upstate Institute:
Charles “Pete” Banner-Haley, Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies
Professor Banner-Haley will conduct research on the history of African Americans in the Upstate counties of Broome, Chemung and Steuben to consider gender relations between African American men and women between 1890 and 1950. He will examine attitudes toward child-rearing and family structure, and the role that it played in the struggle for racial equality in these communities.
He will also examine whether these attitudes paralleled those of white and ethnic communities, and if migrants from the South or the Caribbean presented different modes of gender relations that contrasted with the ways in which native Upstate men and women related. Once completed, this research will contribute to an understanding of African American experience in these counties, which is an important, and often overlooked, part of New York State history.