Mark Auslander is associate professor of anthropology and museum studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he also directs the university’s Museum of Culture and Environment. His B.A., M.A and Ph. D. in anthropology are from the University of Chicago. He has authored the book, The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding and American Family (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011) as well as numerous articles and essays on African and African American art, history, and cultures.
In the account below Central Washington University anthropologist Mark Auslander describes why he wrote The Accidental Slaveholder, which describes the curious ways in which the legacy of slavery extend into the contemporary era. I grew up in Washington D.C. in a secular Jewish family in … Read MoreRemembrance in the Cemetery: In Search of “The Accidental Slaveowner”