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WHAT DID THEY EAT? WHERE DID THEY STAY?
BLACK BOARDINGHOUSES AND THE COLORED CONVENTIONS MOVEMENT

During the nineteenth century, thousands of African Americans traveled to attend state and national Colored Conventions. While a great deal of scholarship on the Colored Conventions focuses on political activity occurring on the Convention floor, Psyche Williams-Forson’s essay “What Did They Eat? Where Did They Stay?: Interpreting the Material Culture of Black Women’s Domestic Work and Labor in the Context of the Colored Conventions,” prompts us to look beyond the convention hall and to consider a broader spectrum of political engagement encompassing the work of women within home.