AUDIO: Kelley on Michael Brown And Dred Scott | Here & Now
Blair Kelley

AUDIO: Kelley on Michael Brown And Dred Scott | Here & Now

  via Here & Now: There have been violent protests against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, for more than a week, since police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. An African-American professor watching the situation sees a link between what’s happening in Missouri today and what happened in the state in … Continue reading

DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: “I will be heard!” Abolitionism in America (Cornell U)
Katherine Reagan / Petrina Jackson

DIGITAL/EXHIBIT: “I will be heard!” Abolitionism in America (Cornell U)

From the introduction: Inspired by conscience and guided by principle, abolitionists took a moral stand against slavery that produced one of America’s greatest victories for democracy. Through decades of strife, and often at the risk of their lives, anti-slavery activists remained steadfast in the face of powerful opposition. Their efforts would ultimately force the issue … Continue reading

WEB: New Resource – “Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative”
Vincent Brown

WEB: New Resource – “Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: A Cartographic Narrative”

Vincent Brown (Harvard University) unveils a new resource for studying slavery and slave revolt in Jamaica: via Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761: This animated thematic map narrates the spatial history of the greatest slave insurrection in the eighteenth century British Empire.  To teachers and researchers, the presentation offers a carefully curated archive of key documentary … Continue reading

CD: Drums of Defiance, Maroon Music of Jamaica
Kenneth M. Bilby

CD: Drums of Defiance, Maroon Music of Jamaica

Drums of Defiance: Maroon Music from the Earliest Free Black Communities of Jamaica, compiled by Kenneth M. Bilby, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1992, compact disc. From the Smithsonian’s website: Featuring complex, West African influenced drumming and dancing, this little-known rural tradition is at the heart of modern, politically charged reggae music. The conviction heard here reveals … Continue reading

ARTICLE: McCaskill on William and Ellen Craft’s ‘Partnership’
Barbara McCaskill

ARTICLE: McCaskill on William and Ellen Craft’s ‘Partnership’

Barbara McCaskill. “The Profits and the Perils of Partnership in the ‘Thrilling’ Saga of William and Ellen Craft.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 38, no. 1 (March 1, 2013): 76–97. Excerpt: In October 1937, the historian Carter Godwin Woodson (1875–1950) launched the inaugural issue of the Negro History Bulletin. A teacher of social … Continue reading

BOOK: Girard on the Haitian Revolution
Philippe Girard

BOOK: Girard on the Haitian Revolution

Philippe R. Girard, The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804. University Alabama Press, 2011. via University of Alabama Press: To a contemporary audience, Haiti brings to mind Voodoo spells, Tontons Macoutes, and boat people–nothing worth fighting over. Two centuries ago, however, Haiti, then known as Saint-Domingue, was the “Pearl … Continue reading