New Book: Le Refus De L’Esclavitude


“Through slavers’ ship logs, account books, and extensive research, Alain Anselin presents a methodical and thorough work on African resistance to slavery in Le Refus de l´esclavitude: Résistances africaines a la traite négrière[The Refusal of Slavery: African Resistances to the Black Slave Trade]. The author considers his book to be an homage to the refusal of slavery, which animated, on sea as well as on land, through three centuries, all the rebellions of tens of thousands African captives destined to slavery on American and Caribbean plantations….”

(See Repeating Islands for more)


Whipple Bill Proposes Monument, Commission to Acknowledge NH Slavery


Popular history has dubbed Prince Whipple the African sitting at the front of the boat in this image although historians continue to debate the veracity of the claim



(Via WBZ)

“In 1779, Prince Whipple and a small group of other New Hampshire slaves petitioned the state Legislature to free them.

Whipple eventually was freed by his owner, not the Legislature, which ignored the petition and did not ban slavery in New Hampshire until 1857. By then, census records showed no slaves remained in the state.

Now 230 years later, state Rep. David Watters wants New Hampshire to create a monument to acknowledge and commemorate New Hampshire’s slaves.

“There’s no public place we can acknowledge and recognize this history,” said Watters, D-Dover.

Watters’ bill would establish a commission to research the names and numbers of people enslaved in New Hampshire from 1645 to 1840, the year the last record of a slave was noted by a census-taker at B.G. Searle’s farm in Hollis.

The commission would designate a nonprofit organization to collect donations to pay for the monument. Watters believes the monument should be on or near the Statehouse complex, but will leave it to the commission to decide. The only state money Watters is requesting is for mileage for commission members to attend meetings.

“The state Legislature was the body responsible for laws that permitted slavery or finally ended it,” he said. “So, I think it is an issue of visibility in the state capitol.””

Archaeology course unlocks “silent history” of the slave trade in West Africa

(via ArchaeoBlog via UCSC News):

Taught by assistant professor of anthropology J. Cameron Monroe, the class opened a door that led Baker-Rabe to West Africa, where she spent seven weeks this past summer as part of UCSC’s first undergraduate archaeological expedition to Benin.

Under Monroe’s leadership, Baker-Rabe and seven other undergraduates spent nearly two months unearthing beads, bits of pottery, and other artifacts that yield clues to the everyday lives of Africans during the 18th and 19th centuries. Galvanized by the experience, she now plans to apply to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology….



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