Podcast Episode 13 – Disability, Childhood, and an African American Prodigy

Camille Owens (Yale University) tells the story of nineteenth-century child performer Oscar Moore.

Episode Image: Photo of “‘Bright’ Oscar Moore,” produced by Anderson at 785 Broadway, NY. The black and white image shows a young Black boy wearing an elaborate velvet suit with a large lace collar and cuffs. Source: Beinecke Library, Yale.

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About Our Guest

Camille S. Owens is a PhD Candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Her dissertation, “Blackness and the Human Child: Race, Prodigy, and the Logic of American Childhood,” traces a genealogy of 19th- and 20th-century black prodigy performances to explore intersections of race and child-development as measures of the Human.