Katrina Dyonne Thompson

BOOK: Thompson on Dance, Slavery and Performance

Katrina Dyonne Thompson, Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. via UI Press: “In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the … Continue reading

Blogroll: Foner on the Underground Railroad (NYTimes.com)
Eric Foner

Blogroll: Foner on the Underground Railroad (NYTimes.com)

Eric Foner on revisiting histories of the Underground Railroad: “That view largely held among scholars until 1961, when the historian Larry Gara published “The Liberty Line,” a slashing revisionist study that dismissed the Underground Railroad as a myth and argued that most fugitive slaves escaped at their own initiative, with little help from organized abolitionists. … Continue reading

Mekala Audain

VIDEO: Audain on US Fugitive Slaves Mexico

Mekala Audain (Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Brown University) discusses her research following slaves who escaped from Louisiana to Spanish Texas in the early nineteenth century: “Typically, when people think about the Underground Railroad, they think about slaves in the South escaping into the North. But as slavery expanded further south and eventually westward, the … Continue reading

BOOK: Scott and Hébrard on Rosalie de Nación Poulard
Jean M. Hébrard / Rebecca Scott

BOOK: Scott and Hébrard on Rosalie de Nación Poulard

Scott, Rebecca J, and Jean M Hébrard. Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012. via Harvard University Press: “Around 1785, a woman was taken from her home in Senegambia and sent to Saint-Domingue in the Caribbean. Those who enslaved her there named her Rosalie. Her later … Continue reading

George E. O'Malley

O’Malley on Balancing the Empirical and the Humane in Slave Trade Studies

George E. O’Malley discusses balancing quantitative analyses of slavery with understanding slaves’ experiences of bondage: “In learning about the cultures enslaved people created in various American regions, I had become convinced that historians needed to ground such research in a better understanding of the networks that delivered enslaved people to the Americas. After all, where … Continue reading

EDITED: Campbell and Elbourne on Sex, Power and Slavery
Abdul Sheriff / Ana Lucia Araujo / Brian Lewis / Charmaine Nelson / David Brion Davis / E. Ann McDougall / Elizabeth Elbourne / Francesca Ann Louise Mitchell / Gabeba Baderoon / George La Rue / Griet Vankeerberghen / Gwyn Campbell / James Francis Warren / Johanna Ransmeier / Joost Coté / Mariana Candido / Marie Rodet / Marie-Luise Ermisch / Martin A. Klein / Matthew S. Hopper / Richard Hellie / Ronaldo Vainfas / Roseline Uyanga / Salah Trabelsi / Sandra Evers / Shigeru Sato / Subho Basu / Ulrike Schmieder

EDITED: Campbell and Elbourne on Sex, Power and Slavery

Gwyn Campbell and Elizabeth Elbourne, eds. Sex, Power, and Slavery. Ohio University Press, 2014. via Ohio University Press: Sexual exploitation was and is a critical feature of enslavement. Across many different societies, slaves were considered to own neither their bodies nor their children, even if many struggled to resist. At the same time, paradoxes abound: … Continue reading

BOOK: Ball on the Black Middle Class in the Antebellum North
Erica L. Ball

BOOK: Ball on the Black Middle Class in the Antebellum North

Erica L. Ball, To Live an Antislavery Life: Personal Politics and the Antebellum Black Middle Class. University of Georgia Press, 2013. via UGA Press: “In this study of antebellum African American print culture in transnational perspective, Erica L. Ball explores the relationship between antislavery discourse and the emergence of the northern black middle class. Continue reading

EDITED: Radcliffe, Scott, and Werner on Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World
Amy Caldwell de Farias / Anja Werner / Danielle Legros Georges / Douglas W. Leonard / Ikaweba Bunting / Jennifer Scott / John Maynard / Keiko Araki / Kendahl Radcliffe / Kimberli Gant / Kimberly Cleveland

EDITED: Radcliffe, Scott, and Werner on Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World

via U Penn Press: Anywhere But Here brings together new scholarship on the cross-cultural experiences of intellectuals of African descent since the eighteenth century. The book embraces historian Paul Gilroy’s prominent thesis in The Black Atlantic and posits arguments beyond The Black Atlantic’s traditional organization and symbolism. Continue reading