Johnson writes: "What do historians of the earlier period do when dealing with black diasporic subjects laboring and living in a world of ideas, philosophies, and cosmologies but largely without alphanumeric texts? Does this black intellectual production only start becoming intellectual history when texts written by people of African descent begin to appear? What new possibilities for intellectual work open when the enslaved and the period of slavery become central?"
Carl H. Nightingale. “Before Race Mattered: Geographies of the Color Line in Early Colonial Madras and New York.” The American Historical Review 113, no. 1 (February 1, 2008): 48-71. First paragraph: By the 1710s, British authorities at both Madras, India, and New York City had made, by fits and starts, more than a half-century of … Continue reading Readings in Black Geographies