Henry Louis Gates Arrested at Cambridge Home

“Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s pre-eminent African-American scholars, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home by Cambridge police investigating a possible break-in. The incident raised concerns among some Harvard faculty that Gates was a victim of racial profiling. Police arrived at Gates’s Ware Street home near Harvard Square at 12:44 p.m. to question him. Gates, director of the W.E.B. Du … Continue reading Henry Louis Gates Arrested at Cambridge Home

Kenneth Stampp Dies

From NYT: “Kenneth M. Stampp, a leading Civil War historian who redirected the scholarly view of slavery in the antebellum South from that of a benign relationship between white plantation owners and compliant slaves to one of harsh servitude perpetuated to support the South’s agrarian economy, died Friday in Oakland, Calif. He was 96. The cause was heart failure, said Richard Hill, a friend who … Continue reading Kenneth Stampp Dies

U.S. Episcopal Church Struggles with Complicity in Slavery

“The dioceses explored the legacy of slavery and racism in various ways, many of them involving screenings of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” a film created by Katrina Browne, a descendent of the DeWolf family of Maine, longtime Episcopalians who were slave traders in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The film follows Browne and members of her extended … Continue reading U.S. Episcopal Church Struggles with Complicity in Slavery

New Publications in Atlantic History

Several of interest to historians of the African diaspora. (Via H-Atlantic) * Cécile Vidal (dir.), « L’Atlantique français », Outre-Mers. Revue d’histoire, n° 362-363, 2009, p. 7-139. Table des matières : – Cécile Vidal, EHESS : Introduction : Le(s) monde(s) atlantique(s), l’Atlantique français, l’empire atlantique français – François-Joseph Ruggiu, Université de Paris IV : Une noblesse atlantique ? Le second ordre français de l’Ancien au … Continue reading New Publications in Atlantic History

Simonsen Reviews black Atlantic/African Atlantic Scholarship

Simonsen, Gunvor. “Moving in Circles: African and Black History in the Atlantic World.” Text, November 13, 2007. http://nuevomundo.revues.org/index42303.html. Summary: “The article examines the development of African diaspora history during the last fifty years. It outlines the move from a focus on African survivals to a focus on deep rooted cultural principles and back again to a revived interest in concrete cultural transfers from Africa to … Continue reading Simonsen Reviews black Atlantic/African Atlantic Scholarship

Niaah on Jamaican Dancehall

Niaah, Sonjah Stanley. DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto. University of Ottawa Press, 2009.  Coming October 2009. From the University of Ottawa Press Catalogue: “The first extended study of Jamaican dancehall music and performance culture. DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic. Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web … Continue reading Niaah on Jamaican Dancehall

Slave Route Museum Inaugurated in Matanzas, Cuba

“On Tuesday, the city of Matanzas inaugurated a national museum on the Slave Route in the San Severino castle. Participants at the inauguration spoke about the indelible stamp left on the Cuban historic memory of those people who were violently uprooted from their lands and converted into slaves for cheap labor. UNESCO Executive Committee President Olabiyi Babalola Joseph spoke about how the Atlantic slave trade … Continue reading Slave Route Museum Inaugurated in Matanzas, Cuba