BOOK: Gomez on Exchanging Our Country Marks

  Michael A. Gomez, Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1998. via UNC Press: "The transatlantic slave trade brought individuals from diverse African regions and cultures to a common destiny in the American South. In this comprehensive study, … Continue reading BOOK: Gomez on Exchanging Our Country Marks

Rael on Ferguson, Respectability Politics, and the Early Republic

Six months after the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it is worth revisiting scholars' reflections on what his death, extrajudicial killings of people of African descent, and histories of slavery and diaspora have in common. Last August, Patrick Rael placed present-day re-articulations of respectability politics against a long history of black political rhetoric, … Continue reading Rael on Ferguson, Respectability Politics, and the Early Republic

FORUM: Dubois, Girard, Gaffield, and Jenson on Jean-Jacques Dessalines

The July 2012 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly is hosting a special forum on "Jean-Jacques Dessalines and the Haitian Revolution."  The forum includes: Laurent Dubois, "Dessalines Toro d'Haiti." Philippe R. Girard, "Jean-Jacques Dessalines and the Atlantic System:  A Reappraisal:" Revered in Haiti as a founding father committed to his countrymen’s freedom and independence, … Continue reading FORUM: Dubois, Girard, Gaffield, and Jenson on Jean-Jacques Dessalines

BOOK: Wallace and Smith on Early Photography and African American Identity

Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds. Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. via Duke University Press: "The new book Pictures and Progress, co-edited by Duke Professor Maurice Wallace, looks at how the invention of photography was used for and against political … Continue reading BOOK: Wallace and Smith on Early Photography and African American Identity

ESSAY: Gates and Ellis on Harriet Wilson, 19th Century Novelist and Spiritualist

Quite a late posting.  Many apologies on the hiatus.  ~JMJOHNSO For more on Wilson as an entrepreneur see Gabrielle Foreman and Katherine Flynn's 2009 Boston Globe piece here. Gates, Henry Louis, and R. J. Ellis. “Harriet Wilson's Sunday School.” TheRoot.com, January 10, 2011, sec. Views. http://www.theroot.com/views/harriet-wilson-s-sunday-school. Excerpt: As Gabrielle Foreman and Kathy Flynn have shown, … Continue reading ESSAY: Gates and Ellis on Harriet Wilson, 19th Century Novelist and Spiritualist