Lisa Lindsay (North Carolina) on her forthcoming biography of James Churchwill Vaughan—whose life provides insights into the bonds of slavery and family and the differing prospects for people of African descent in the 19th-century Atlantic world. Vaughan’s odyssey took him from slavery-ridden South Carolina to Liberia and finally Nigeria, where he was involved in the Yoruba Wars, led a revolt against white racism, and founded not only the first independent Nigerian church but also a family of activists. With guest host, Laura Fair.
David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University, on the making of the Transatlantic Slave Trade database, a landmark collaborative digital project he has co-edited for two decades. Eltis discusses the research process, online dissemination, and new directions for the initiative. This is the second part of a two-part series recorded at the Atlantic Slave Biographies Database Conference at Michigan State University in November 2013.
Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, discusses building an international database of biographical information on all enslaved Africans. He outlines this digital history project’s contribution to the study of slavery, race, and broader themes in global history. This is the first part of a two-part series recorded at the Atlantic Slave Biographies Database Conference at Michigan State University in November 2013. (Click here for Jessica Johnson’s Twitter timeline of the conference.)
African Diaspora, Ph.D. is revisiting scholarship that has shaped the study of people of African descent across time and place.
Claire C. Robertson and Martin A. Klein, eds. Women and Slavery in Africa. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985.
In a 1985 review of the volume, Patrick Manning wrote:
The Africa Past & Present podcast is hosted by Michigan State University historians Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and is produced by MATRIX – The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at MSU. Listen and subscribe to the fortnightly “Africa Past and Present” podcast at: http://afripod.aodl.org/
A new episode of Africa Past & Present – the podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa – is now available at: http://afripod.aodl.org/ In this episodes first segment, Peter Alegi reports on the exciting conclusion of the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana.
In the second segment, South African media scholar Sean Jacobs (University of Michigan) discusses his blog Leo Africanus (http://theleoafricanus.com), and shares his insights on the relationship between media and democracy in Africa.