Freedom by a Judgment: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family
Anthony E. Kaye Fellowship, 2018–19
Sachs is currently working on two new projects, both set in the era of the American Revolution. The first, “Freedom by a Judgment: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family,” tells the history of an extended, mixed-race Virginia slave family that sued for freedom over multiple generations claiming descent from an Apalachee Indian woman. The second, “Servant, Soldier, Slaveholder: A Story of Political Revolution, Personal Transformation, and Racial Violence in Early America,” traces the life of a single individual from London to Kentucky and explores issues of convict transportation in the Atlantic World and racial violence in the early republic.
Sachs’s teaching covers early America broadly, with particular focus on the revolutionary and founding eras, histories of race and slavery, legal and constitutional history, and histories of family, genealogy, and memory. Her research has been supported by multiple organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Huntington Library.
- “How Pocahontas — the Myth and the Slur — Props up White Supremacy.” The Washington Post, October 16, 2018.
- Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey. PBS documentary interview. July 26, 2018.
- “Confronting Slavery on Independence Day”. Huffington Post, July 2, 2015.
- Sachs, Honor. “Confronting Slavery on Independence Day.” Huffington Post, July 2, 2015.
- Sachs, Honor. Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015.
- Sachs, Honor. “‘Freedom by a Judgment’: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family.” Law and History Review 30, no. 1 (February 2012): 173-203.
- Sachs, Honor. “Reconstructing a Life: The Archival Challenges of Women’s History.” Library Trends 56, no. 3 (2008): 650-66.
- Sachs, Honor. “The Myth of the Abandoned Wife: Married Women’s Agency and the Legal Narrative of Gender in the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky.” Ohio Valley History 3, no. 4 (2003): 3-20.