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DIGITAL: Freedom on the Move and Slave Resistance in New Orleans

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
“This interactive Google map shows original newspaper ads for fugitive slaves and contemporary locations of identified sites. Click on the name of a fugitive from the list or on a map point to reveal the ad and corresponding site. Green markers indicate points of flight; red markers, points of refuge. These entries have been selected from roughly nine… Continue reading DIGITAL: Freedom on the Move and Slave Resistance in New Orleans

Podcast: Atlantic Bonds and Biography: from South Carolina to Nigeria | Africa Past & Present

Lisa Lindsay (North Carolina) on her forthcoming biography of James Churchwill Vaughan—whose life provides insights into the bonds of slavery and family and the differing prospects for people of African descent in the 19th-century Atlantic world. Vaughan’s odyssey took him from slavery-ridden South Carolina to Liberia and finally Nigeria, where he was involved in the Yoruba Wars, led a revolt against white racism, and founded not only the first independent Nigerian church but also a family of activists. With guest host, Laura Fair. Continue reading Podcast: Atlantic Bonds and Biography: from South Carolina to Nigeria | Africa Past & Present

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SOURCE: “Into the inner life of the Negro Race”: Highlights from Black Authors, 1556-1922 | Readex

The September release of Black Authors, 1556-1922: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia includes Louis Hughes’ heart-pounding and heart-wrenching autobiography as well as several works of fiction by prolific author Sutton Elbert Griggs.

Thirty Years a Slave: From Bondage to Freedom: The Institution of Slavery as Seen on the Plantation and in the Home of the Planter (1897)

By Louis Hughes

In 1832, Louis Hughes was born a slave on a plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. Writing of his early life, Hughes quickly captures his readers’ attention:

Continue reading “SOURCE: “Into the inner life of the Negro Race”: Highlights from Black Authors, 1556-1922 | Readex”

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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. The “Lost Friends” column, which ran from the paper’s 1877… Continue reading DIGITAL: “Lost Friends” Database: Former Slaves Searching for Kin

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

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
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 have been absent from, or at best marginalized within, landscapes… Continue reading DIGITAL: Hanna and Hodder on Using ArcGIS to Analyze Slavery in Commemorative Landscapes

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DIGITAL: Fictions of the Haitian Revolution

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
Marlene L. Daut is the founder of the Haitian Revolutionary Fictions Site, an archive and bibliography of texts about the Haitian Revolution: This website is still under construction, but basically, I want it to to act as a crossroads for literary fictions of the Haitian Revolution. By fictions, I mean texts that were composed as novels, short stories,… Continue reading DIGITAL: Fictions of the Haitian Revolution

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 published at Blue Nation Review, Bree Newsome explained what she … Continue reading Bree Newsome Speaks Out After Her Act of Civil Disobedience

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DIGITAL: French Revolution Digital Archive

Originally posted on Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog:
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 all sorts – legal documents, pamphlet literature, belles lettres, musical… Continue reading DIGITAL: French Revolution Digital Archive

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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, as a critical dimension of the everyday life and politics… Continue reading DIGITAL: The Arabella Chapman Project