The link to the interview with Jennifer Morgan    is here:

How Historians Research 


Jennifer Morgan Interview

Jennifer Morgan, author of Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery, was interviewed by Liz Covart about how historians research, or do history, for an audio segment on Ben Franklin’s World. This work is supported by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and appears on Uncommon Sense—The Blog.


The first third of the interview is about African enslaved women in early colonial America and how their reproductive capabilities impacted the institution of enslavement.


The rest of the interview is about how Morgan works in the archives, and her geographical path between territories as she carries out her inquiries. She also talks about the “fragments” of evidence she finds in the archives, what it means to be a “brave” scholar, and interdisciplinary perspectives in constructing an historical narrative.


This interview with Morgan illuminates aspects of the Historical Concepts section of this website.