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ARTICLE | Queering Black Girlhood at the Virginia Industrial School | by Mary Zaborskis | Signs

By Mary Zaborskis
Criminalized children were one group of children excluded from twentieth-century and contemporary cultural narratives that have viewed children as sexually innocent, deserving of protection, and beneficiaries of the future. I’m interested in how promises of recuperation, protection, and futurity to criminalized children actually enabled the continued denial of each. Read More



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ARTICLE | ‘The Most Unprotected of All Human Beings’: Black Girls, State Violence, and the Limits of Protection in Jim Crow Virginia | Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society | by Lindsey Elizabeth Jones

By Lindsey Elizabeth Jones
“A closer look at the practice of domestic parole complicates the neat distinctions between education and incarceration, protection and punishment that the women of the Virginia State Federation made in their public discourse about the school.” Read More



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NEW ARTICLE | ‘Wayward and Untrained Years’: Reforming the ‘Wayward Girl’ in The Quest of the Silver Fleece and Jennie Gerhardt

By Emily Hainze
“Dreiser and Du Bois embrace and exploit the possibilities for social transformation inherent in the period’s moral panic over the working-class adolescent girl’s “incorrigibility,” reframing the uncertain trajectory and liminal position of the wayward girl in modernizing American society as an opportunity to radically reimagine newly modern social life in the second decade of the twentieth century.” Read More



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