Plantation Enterprise

BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

S. Max Edelson, Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. From Harvard University Press: European settlers came to South Carolina in 1670 determined to possess an abundant wilderness. Over the course of a century, they settled highly adaptive rice and indigo plantations across a vast coastal plain. Forcing slaves to turn swampy wastelands into productive fields and to channel surging … Continue reading BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

Black France / France Noire

EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France

 Trica Danielle Keaton, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Tyler Stovall, eds. Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. From Duke University Press: In Black France / France Noire, scholars, activists, and novelists from France and the United States address the untenable paradox at the heart of French society. France’s constitutional and legal discourses do not recognize … Continue reading EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France

The Fire of Freedom

BOOK: Cecelski on Former Slave Turned Union Spy Abraham H. Galloway

David S. Cecelski, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War. Durham, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012. Abraham H. Galloway (1837-70) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, … Continue reading BOOK: Cecelski on Former Slave Turned Union Spy Abraham H. Galloway

Slavery, Disease, and Suffering

BOOK: McCandless on Slavery and Disease in the Carolinas

Peter McCandless, Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry. 1st ed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2011. From Cambridge U Press: On the eve of the Revolution, the Carolina lowcountry was the wealthiest and unhealthiest region in British North America. Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry argues that the two were intimately connected: both resulted largely from the dominance of rice … Continue reading BOOK: McCandless on Slavery and Disease in the Carolinas

Yo Soy Negro

BOOK: Golash-Boza on Blackness in Peru

  Tanya Maria Golash-Boza, Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. From University Press of Florida: Yo Soy Negro is the first book in English–in fact, the first book in any language in more than two decades–to address what it means to be black in Peru. Based on extensive ethnographic work in the country and informed by more than eighty … Continue reading BOOK: Golash-Boza on Blackness in Peru

CFP: The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Call for Papers:  The South Atlantic, Past and Present Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro (Université Paris Sorbonne) This volume will focus on the historical, geopolitical and cultural aspects of the South Atlantic, past and present. From 1550 to 1850 most of Brazil and Angola formed a system sustained by the slave trade and intercolonial traffic that complemented exchanges between these regions and Portugal. This … Continue reading CFP: The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Ambiguous Anniversary

EDITED: Gleeson and Lewis on the Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans

David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis, eds. Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012. From University of South Carolina Press: In March 1807, within a few weeks of each other, both the United States and the United Kingdom passed laws banning the international slave trade. Two hundred years later, Great Britain, an instigator of the slave … Continue reading EDITED: Gleeson and Lewis on the Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans

The Public Archive on Radical Black Cities

Weekend Reading: The Public Archive on “Radical Black Cities”

This week, The Public Archive published its fourth installment on Radical Black Reading.  The subject was race, urbanity, black geographies, and sense of place: In this, The Public Archive’s fourth installment of Radical Black Reading,* we hope to contribute to an informal conversation about the history, plight, and future of Black cities – and towards the imagination of a radical Black city. It is a conversation … Continue reading Weekend Reading: The Public Archive on “Radical Black Cities”

Harris Featured

BOOK: Harris on African Americans in Pre-Emancipation New York

Leslie M. Harris, In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. From University of Chicago Press: In 1991 in lower Manhattan, a team of construction workers made an astonishing discovery. Just two blocks from City Hall, under twenty feet of asphalt, concrete, and rubble, lay the remains of an eighteenth-century “Negro Burial Ground.” Closed in … Continue reading BOOK: Harris on African Americans in Pre-Emancipation New York

Myers - Forging Freedom

BOOK: Myers on Free Women of Color in Antebellum Charleston

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. From UNC Press: For black women in antebellum Charleston, freedom was not a static legal category but a fragile and contingent experience. In this deeply researched social history, Amrita Chakrabarti Myers analyzes the ways in which black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their … Continue reading BOOK: Myers on Free Women of Color in Antebellum Charleston