Monstrous Intimacies by Christina Sharpe

BOOK: Sharpe on the Monstrous Intimacies of Slavery

Christina Sharpe, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects. Duke University Press Books, 2010. Description from Duke University Press: “Arguing that the fundamental, familiar, sexual violence of slavery and racialized subjugation have continued to shape black and white subjectivities into the present, Christina Sharpe interprets African diasporic and Black Atlantic visual and literary texts that address those “monstrous intimacies” and their repetition as constitutive of post-slavery subjectivity. … Continue reading BOOK: Sharpe on the Monstrous Intimacies of Slavery

"Liberated Africans, Gambia," Excursions in Western Africa, and Narrative of A Campaign in Kaffir-Land, on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief, 1840.  Source:  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

ARTICLE: Coghe on Liberated Africans in Mid-Nineteenth Century Luanda

Samuël Coghe, “The Problem of Freedom in a Mid Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Slave Society: The Liberated Africans of the Anglo-Portuguese Mixed Commission in Luanda (1844–1870).” Slavery & Abolition 33, no. 3 (2012): 479–500. “In the mid nineteenth century, the Anglo-Portuguese Mixed Commission in Luanda liberated 137 Africans from the slave trade. The liberated Africans then became apprentices for several years before they were granted complete freedom. … Continue reading ARTICLE: Coghe on Liberated Africans in Mid-Nineteenth Century Luanda

Fisher x O'Hara Imperial Subjects

EDITED: Fisher and O’Hara Volume on Race in Colonial Latin America

Andrew B. Fisher and Matthew D. O’Hara, eds. Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America. Durham NC: Duke University Press Books, 2009. Abstract: “In colonial Latin America, social identity did not correlate neatly with fixed categories of race and ethnicity. As Imperial Subjects demonstrates, from the early years of Spanish and Portuguese rule, understandings of race and ethnicity were fluid. In this collection, … Continue reading EDITED: Fisher and O’Hara Volume on Race in Colonial Latin America

ARTICLE: Davidson on Ex-Slave Reparations in the Early 20th Century United States

James M. Davidson, “Encountering the Ex-Slave Reparations Movement from the Grave:  The National Industrial Council and National Liberty Party, 1901-1907.” Journal of African American History 97, no. 1–2 (Winter-Spring 2012): 13–38. First Paragraph: “The call for reparations for those who suffered under the blight of slavery and its aftermath is one increasingly heard today, but this call is hardly a new one.  Rather, the notion … Continue reading ARTICLE: Davidson on Ex-Slave Reparations in the Early 20th Century United States

Karen Cook Bell / Source: AHA Today

NEWS: Karen Cook Bell on History, Race, and Slavery at AHA Today

The AHA Today Blog recently turned its “Member Spotlight” on Karen Cook Bell, assistant professor of African American and U.S. history history at Bowie State University: “When did you first develop an interest in history?   As a historian of slavery, the slave trade, and the U.S. South, my research interrogates the ways in which African identities are reconstructed through a dialogue with the diaspora. … Continue reading NEWS: Karen Cook Bell on History, Race, and Slavery at AHA Today

Caryl Phillips / Source: Center for Creative Arts

INTERVIEW: Rice x Caryl Phillips on African Atlantic Memory

Alan Rice. “A Home for Ourselves in the World: Caryl Phillips on Slave Forts and Manillas as African Atlantic Sites of Memory.” Atlantic Studies 9, no. 3 (2012): 363–372. Abstract “This interview with the black Atlantic writer Caryl Phillips focuses on his non-fiction works and interrogates his ideas on the African diaspora and memorialisation, paying particular attention to such locales as African slave forts and … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Rice x Caryl Phillips on African Atlantic Memory

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NEWS: Heywood and Thornton Dispute Obama’s Slave-Ancestors Report

“As stated in the Times piece, genealogists from Ancestry.com said they have evidence that “strongly suggests” that through his white mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama had an enslaved ancestor in the 17th century named John Punch: “In 1640, Mr. Punch, then an indentured servant, escaped from Virginia and went to Maryland. He was captured there and, along with two white servants who had also … Continue reading NEWS: Heywood and Thornton Dispute Obama’s Slave-Ancestors Report

Negro Life in the South, Eastman Johnson, 1859, oil on canvas.  Source: New York Historical Society

BOOK: Chakkalakal on Slave Marriage in the 19th Century

Tess Chakkalakal. Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. From the publisher’s website: Filling a long-standing gap in our knowledge about slave-marriage, Novel Bondage unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. Tess Chakkalakal expertly mines antislavery and post–Civil War fiction to … Continue reading BOOK: Chakkalakal on Slave Marriage in the 19th Century