DIGITAL: “Lost Friends” Database: Former Slaves Searching for Kin
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DIGITAL: “Lost Friends” Database: Former Slaves Searching for Kin

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
Two dollars in 1880 bought a yearlong subscription to the Southwestern Christian Advocate, a newspaper published in New Orleans by the Methodist Book Concern and distributed to nearly five hundred preachers, eight hundred post offices, and more than four thousand subscribers in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.…

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DIGITAL: Hanna and Hodder on Using ArcGIS to Analyze Slavery in Commemorative Landscapes

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Stephen Hanna an E. Fariss Hodder  discuss “Reading the Signs: Using a Qualitative Geographic Information System to Examine the Commemoration of Slavery and Emancipation on Historical Markers in Fredericksburg, Virginia.” in the latest issue of Cultural Geographies (July 1, 2015). Abstract: Until recently, narratives of slavery and emancipation…

Bree Newsome  Speaks Out After Her Act of Civil Disobedience
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Bree Newsome Speaks Out After Her Act of Civil Disobedience

At dawn on June 27, 2015, Bree Newsome (with support from local activists) scaled the flag pole in front of South Carolina’s courthouse in Charleston, and took down the Confederate flag. She was immediately arrested and posted bail (thanks, in part, to crowdfunded support from Color of Change and Ferguson Action). In an exclusive statement … Continue reading

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Rothman Remarks on Marguerite Thompson’s Petition for Freedom

Adam Rothman remarks on a freed woman of color’s petition for manumission, posted by the National Archives on June 30, 2015: “…One aspect of Marguerite Thompson’s petition that drew my attention is the fact that she submitted her petition to the Judge Charles Peabody’s U.S. Provisional Court (USPC). This court was established by the United … Continue reading

DIGITAL: French Revolution Digital Archive
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DIGITAL: French Revolution Digital Archive

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In digital francophonie noire: “The French Revolution Digital Archive emerged from the expressed need by scholars of the French Revolution to gain greater and more flexible access to their sources. The French Revolution itself produced scores of documents by participants, spectators, and critics. These materials include texts of…

DIGITAL: The Arabella Chapman Project
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DIGITAL: The Arabella Chapman Project

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
A project out University of Michigan that digitized two 19th-century photo albums owned by an African-American woman named Arabella “Bella” Chapman recently went live: The Arabella Chapman Project brings together students and scholars of African American history and culture to explore the role of visual culture, especially photography,…