Tyler Parry on the history of dogs and violence against people of color: "Scholars note that European colonists brought dogs to the Americas and used them as tools for intimidation and violence against indigenous populations, but the deliberately racialized breeding of canines occurred during the expansion of Black chattel slavery. As slave rebellions erupted throughout … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Parry on Police Dogs and Anti-Black Violence – @AAIHS
Reena Goldthree interviews Aisha Finch at AAIHS: Reena Goldthree: Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba situates the conspiracy of La Escalera in the context of mounting black resistance in 19th-century Cuba. In the book, you invite us to consider the “wide span of non-complaint behaviors” that enabled slave insurgencies, including the “hidden labor of rebellion” that … Continue reading Finch Interviewed by Goldthree on Gender, Slavery, and the Archive in Cuba | @AAIHS
Patrick Rael on the 13th Amendment: "First, the “loophole” argument imputes to its framers and judicial interpreters a conspiracy against intentions of full equality that the amendment never included in the first place. All the Thirteenth Amendment did was abolish slavery; it stood virtually moot on the meaning of freedom. This was by design. Antislavery … Continue reading Rael on the 13th Amendment and Mass Incarceration at @AAIHS
In response to the recent election, #ADPhD is sharing reflections, short takes, and responses from scholars of slavery. To submit yours, click here. On November 12, 2016, in light of the recent election, Jessica Marie Johnson published this essay on the African American Intellectual History Society blog: "....The Mechanics’ Institute (or Mechanics Hall) Massacre, considered … Continue reading Johnson: “Yet Lives and Fights”: Riots, Resistance, and Reconstruction | @AAIHS
In response to the recent election, #ADPhD is sharing reflections, short takes, and responses from scholars of slavery. To submit yours, click here. On November 14, 2016, in light of the recent election, the Christopher F. Petrella published this essay on the African American Intellectual History Society blog: Petrella writes: "In a direct election system, … Continue reading Petrella on Slavery, Democracy, and the Racialized Roots of the Electoral College | @AAIHS
Jennifer Morgan discusses Cedric Robinson's work on Black Marxism and its relationship to histories of slavery at AAIHS: "Robinson’s work on the early Modern black Atlantic (though he didn’t name it as such) is a crucial provocation to contemporary scholars—and one that is, to some degree, being taken up. In the past ten years, the … Continue reading Morgan on Thinking with Black Marxism | @AAIHS
"In recognition of the dynamic work being done by black women scholars, here is a list of 70 new and forthcoming books on a range of topics from the era of slavery to the post-Civil Rights era. This list is an expansion of Sowande’ Mustakeem’s original #TheHistorySoundtable list of 40 key works by black women scholars. In the days following its release, we saw a need to further expand the list, broadening the selections to include additional new and forthcoming books that capture the range and depth of black women historian’s scholarly contributions. The books listed below shed light on how black women scholars are shaping and defining the fields of United States history, African history, and African Diaspora History."
Rael at @AAIHS: "1837, leading African American thinkers debated the question in the black press. At issue was whether or not it was right for institutions designed for black uplift to close their doors to whites. On the one hand stood William Whipper, a Philadelphia activist and founder of the bi-racial American Moral Reform Society (AMRS). With him was Robert Purvis, another leading light in Philadelphia’s black abolitionist circles. Both argued against “complexional distinctions,” or the principle that blacks ought to act alone to further their interests. Squared off against the Philadelphians were newspaper editor Samuel Cornish of New York, Henry Highland Garnet, another outspoken black New Yorker, and William J. Watkins, a free black teacher from Baltimore."
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?"
Hardesty: "The question remains, however, as to how the petitioners learned about the Somerset decision and coartación. Last month, I wrote about how many black Bostonians were literate and engaged with the print culture of the eighteenth century. As one of the most important legal decisions regarding slavery in Anglo-American law, Somerset received significant coverage … Continue reading Hardesty Traces Early Black Intellectual Networks | @AAIHS