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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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 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.

Browse the full list here or view installments here, here, and here.

 Image: David Osagie, Occupy Nigeria (2011) via The Public Archive

Queloides/Keloids: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

"When I Am Not Here, Estoy Alla" by Maria Magdalena Campos pons

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.

Africa, Africans, and Slavery in Latin America

The November 2007 issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review features three articles on Africans, slavery and conceptions of Africa in three Latin American countries: Buenos Aires, Cuba, and Uruguay.
This issue (87:4) was the last issue published while the journal was headquartered at the University of Maryland-College Park, an institution well known for pioneering the study of slavery and emancipation in the United States through the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.
Lyman L. Johnson. “‘A Lack of Legitimate Obedience and Respect’: Slaves and Their Masters in the Courts of Late Colonial Buenos Aires.” pp. 631-657
Alejandro de la Fuente. “Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartaci’on and Papel.” pp. 659-692
George Reid Andrews. “Remembering Africa, Inventing Uruguay: Sociedades de Negros in the Montevideo Carnival, 1865-1930.” pp. 693-726
Alejandro de la Fuente’s article on how people of color exploit the law to secure manumission and secure certain rights is interesting to consider in cross-diaspora, intra-Atlantic context alongside “The Atlantic World and the Road to Plessy v. Ferguson,” by Rebecca Scott. Published in December 2007 in the Journal of American History (94:3), Scott considers the construction and exercise of “public rights” by free people of color (and their descendants) in nineteenth century Louisiana.
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
The HAHR and the Journal of American History are available at your local college/university library.