Josep Maria Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, eds. Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire. New York: Berghahn Books, 2013.
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 taking place (if only in disparate, scattered form) across the African diaspora. The question of Black urban space, of Black geographies, and of the possibility of a radical Black city adds an urgent element to discussions of the nature of the urban, while the very survival of the Black city becomes a radical act of hope and resistance.
Several books of relevance were listed including Alejandro de la Fuente’s Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (2011), Leslie Harris’s African or American? Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861 (2010), and Carla Peterson’s Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City. De la Fuente, Harris and Peterson are also featured here, here and here at #ADPhD.
Curated by Alejandro de la Fuente and Elio Rodríguez Valdés Queloides/Keloids “is an art exhibit that seeks to contribute to current debates about the persistence of racism in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world.” Twelve artists are participating as the project moves from Havana, Cuba to Pittsburgh over the course of 2010-2011 including Pedro Alvarez, Maria Magdalena Campos Pons and Rene Peña.
For more information and the official website click here.
Lyman L. Johnson. “‘A Lack of Legitimate Obedience and Respect’: Slaves and Their Masters in the Courts of Late Colonial Buenos Aires.” pp. 631-657Alejandro de la Fuente. “Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartaci’on and Papel.” pp. 659-692George Reid Andrews. “Remembering Africa, Inventing Uruguay: Sociedades de Negros in the Montevideo Carnival, 1865-1930.” pp. 693-726
Image and caption from New Orleans Public Library Website (NUTRIAS): Henriette Delille (1813-1862), a daughter of one of the oldest families of free people of color in New Orleans, founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, the second oldest Catholic religious order for women of color. Photo originally published in Robert R. Macdonald, John R. Kemp, and Edward F. Haas, eds. Louisiana’s Black Heritage, pub. 1979