DIGITAL: Digital Aponte – Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora

Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez launch Digital Aponte:

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Grandin, O’Malley, Ferrer, Berlin, and 12 Years a Slave Win Awards from the American Historical Association

Los Angeles, CA. NOVEMBER 10, 2013--Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor talk about his current movie and Oscar contending role. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.)
Los Angeles, CA. NOVEMBER 10, 2013–Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor talk about his current movie and Oscar contending role. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.)

The American Historical Association has awarded Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave the John E. O’Conner Film Award for “outstanding interpretations of history through film” in the category of “Dramatic Feature.”

A second film about slavery, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, directed by Tony Buba and produced by Marcus Rediker, won for “Documentary.”

Other winners include:

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Ferrer Interviewed by the Public Archive

The Public Archive recently interviewed Ada Ferrer about her latest book, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (2014):

FERRER: “Among slaves and people of color you see something equivalent. Many scholars have argued that the Haitian Revolution –to quote Eugene Genovese—“propelled a revolution in consciousness” among African Americans. I agree, but again it was one based on material contact and knowledge. So, I was surprised for instance to see that documents such as the Haitian Declaration of Independence and other important texts of black leaders were actually translated into Spanish, published in newspapers, and circulated in Cuba, where they were read and discussed by people of color. Black people had real access to the words, ideas, and pronouncements of the revolution. Again, it was not only some vague abstract hope that slaves and free people of color in Cuba had; they engaged with the revolution and later with the Haitian state in more concrete ways. There are many other examples I could give and that appear throughout the book.”

Read the rest: Dark Specters and Black Kingdoms: An interview with historian Ada Ferrer.

EDITED: Fradera and Schmidt-Nowara on Slavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire

Josep Maria Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, eds. Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire. New York: Berghahn Books, 2013.

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