Integrated System for Cultural Heritage Inventory and Assesment in Iraq
Recipient: (Paris, 75016 France) in affiliation with World Monuments Fund (New York, NY 10021 USA)
Goal: A cultural heritage inventory of Iraqi archaeological and historic sites that would include an integrated database, a Geographic Information System (GIS), and a Geographic Positioning System (GPS) for documenting site information and locations.
Grant: 171019 / PI-50007-04, Category: Archival Management and Conservation, Division: Preservation and Access, Program: Iraqi Cultural Heritage Initiative, Year Awarded: 2004
From Slavery to the Chain Gang: Convict Leasing in the American South
Recipient: (Meze, 34140 France) in affiliation with California Newsreel (San Francisco, CA 94103 USA)
Goal: Consultation between filmmakers and humanities advisers for a television documentary on the convict lease system in the post-Civil War South as a form of post-emancipation racial and social control and as a means of mobilizing labor.
Description: "From Slavery to the Chain Gang: Convict Leasing in the American South," is a historical documentary examining one of the bleakest—yet least discussed—chapters in American penal history. Convict leasing: convicts leased by states to the highest bidder, farmed out to mining camps, plantations and railroads. A system of forced labor beginning soon after the Civil War, often described as “worse than slavery.” Drawing on a wealth of archival material, ranging from the writings of W.E.B. DuBois and Mark Twain to court records, prisoners’ letters and the accounts of muckraking journalists, the film tells the story of the lease, which despite numerous denunciations and a death rate at times exceeding 10%, persisted for more than 60 years.
Grant: 172120 / GN-50485-04, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Program: Media, Humanities Projects in, Year Awarded: 2004