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BOOK: Botte on Slavery and Islam in North, East Africa

Botte, Roger. Esclavages et abolitions en terres d’Islam. Bruxelles: André Versaille éditeur, 2010. From the website: Comment la malédiction biblique de Cham (condamnation à l’esclavage et châtiment par la noirceur de l’épiderme de sa descendance) fut-elle détournée en terre d’islam afin de justifier l’esclavage des Noirs ? Le Coran a-t-il vraiment programmé la fin de l’esclavage ? Pourquoi Muhammad qui aurait pu l’interdire, comme il … Continue reading BOOK: Botte on Slavery and Islam in North, East Africa

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BOOK: Araujo on the Public Memory of Slavery

A water color by Jean Baptiste Debret (held by a museum in Rio de Janeiro); published in Ana Maria de Moraes, O Brasil dos viajantes (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, 1994), image 469, p. 93, as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.
Ana Lucia Araujo, Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic. Amherst, N.Y: Cambria Press, 2010.
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ARTICLE: Argenti on Folktales and Slavery in Cameroon

Argenti, Nicolas. “Things That Don’t Come by the Road: Folktales, Fosterage, and Memories of Slavery in the Cameroon Grassfields.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 52, no. 02 (2010): 224-254. Oku adults have a straightforward rationalization for the existence of folktales: the frightening cautionary tales of the child-eating monster K∂ηgaaηgu serve to warn children not to go to the fields or to stray too far … Continue reading ARTICLE: Argenti on Folktales and Slavery in Cameroon

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BOOK: Morrow Long on Religion and Commerce Across the U.S. African Diaspora

Long, Carolyn Morrow. Spiritual Merchants: Religion Magic & Commerce. 1st ed. Univ Tennessee Press, 2001. They can be found along the side streets of many American cities: herb or candle shops catering to practitioners of Voodoo, hoodoo, Santería, and similar beliefs. Here one can purchase ritual items and raw materials for the fabrication of traditional charms, plus a variety of soaps, powders, and aromatic goods … Continue reading BOOK: Morrow Long on Religion and Commerce Across the U.S. African Diaspora

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BOOK: Carney and Rosomoff on Africa’s Botanical Legacy

Carney, Judith and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff. In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World. University of California Press, 2010. The transatlantic slave trade forced millions of Africans into bondage. Until the early nineteenth century, African slaves came to the Americas in greater numbers than Europeans. In the Shadow of Slavery provides a startling new assessment of the Atlantic slave trade and … Continue reading BOOK: Carney and Rosomoff on Africa’s Botanical Legacy

Munro on Rhythm in the African Diaspora

Martin Munro, Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas. Berkley: University of California Press, 2010 Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book’s dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro’s groundbreaking work traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, … Continue reading Munro on Rhythm in the African Diaspora

Journey Stories Exhibit: “To Freedom: Tracing the Journeys of Enslaved African Americans”

Discussions about slavery continue to stir emotions. This exhibition examines the journeys experienced by enslaved Africans brought to the United States. From the journey into bondage, travels while enslaved, and escaping to freedom, voyages — forced and voluntary — shaped the way slavery evolved and, ultimately, ended in America. via Journey Stories | Browse Exhibits. Profhacker has a post on Omeka, the free and open-source … Continue reading Journey Stories Exhibit: “To Freedom: Tracing the Journeys of Enslaved African Americans”

Eltis and Richardson Edited Volume on Slave Trade Database

Eltis, David, and David Richardson. Extending the Frontiers: Essays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008. A series of scholars of slavery and the slave trade join Eltis and Richardson for a study on the function and utility of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database (available for use and viewing here). Since 1999, intensive research efforts have vastly increased … Continue reading Eltis and Richardson Edited Volume on Slave Trade Database

Bristol on Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom

Bristol, Douglas Walter. Knights of the Razor: Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom. Baltimore, MD:  Johns Hopkins University Press Press, 2009. Black barbers, reflected a freed slave who barbered in antebellum St. Louis, may have been “the only men in their community who enjoyed, at all times, the privilege of free speech.” The reason, of course, lay in their temporary — but absolute — power … Continue reading Bristol on Black Barbers in Slavery and Freedom

Chinea on Slave-Based Agriculture in Puerto Rico

CHINEA, JORGE L. “Confronting the Crisis of the Slave-Based Plantation System in Puerto Rico: Bureaucratic Proposals for Agricultural Modernisation, Diversification and Free Labour, C. 1846?1852.” Journal of Latin American Studies 42, no. 01 (2010): 121-154. By the late 1820s, Puerto Rico and Cuba had become Spain’s only remaining colonies in the Americas and its major source of colonial returns. A decade later, however, the slave-based … Continue reading Chinea on Slave-Based Agriculture in Puerto Rico