ARTICLE: Everill on “All the baubles that they needed”: “Industriousness” and Slavery in Saint-Louis and Gorée

Bronwen Everill, “‘All the Baubles That They Needed’: ‘Industriousness’ and Slavery in Saint-Louis and Gorée,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 15, no. 4 (November 1, 2017): 714–39.



“Atlantic port cities were sites of commercial, consumer, and industrious revolutions in the eighteenth century. This essay argues that accounts of the Atlantic consumer and industrious revolutions need to include African port cities because they were an important market for consumer goods and services. The Senegambian cities of Saint-Louis and Gorée were port cities involved in the consumption of Atlantic and global goods, as well as in the provision of services for ships involved in trade, and especially the slave trade. They had a class of women involved in the economic transformation of the cities, who help illustrate the role of consumerism, as well as the possibilities for accumulation created by the institution of domestic urban slavery. It is useful to look at African port cities because their experiences of urban slavery can help us think critically about what is meant by the industrious household and about how women in different Atlantic contexts were able to accumulate and use invested capital in varying ways.”

Read: Project MUSE – “All the baubles that they needed”: “Industriousness” and Slavery in Saint-Louis and Gorée


DIGITAL/SOURCE: Katz and Nyong’o Exhibit on Mary Jones and Print Culture | Outhistory

Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o analyze the print material generated by the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally:

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BLOGROLL: Katz on Mary Jones, Gender, Slavery, and TransHistory | OutHistory

Jonathan Ned Katz analyzes the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally a sex worker of African descent arrested in 1830s New York:

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Support Palabras for PR #PuertoRico

Jessica Marie Johnson writes:

I am helping to host an online fundraiser via YouCaring for Festival de la Palabra, located in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Please help us reach our $5,000 goal:


The mission of Festival de la Palabra is to internationalize Puerto Rican literature through the promotion of reading and creative writing in Puerto Rico and the creation of meeting spaces between writers and readers at school, national and international levels. Since Hurricane Maria, organizers and volunteers from Festival de la Palabra (FDLP) have been engaged in relief activities supporting some of the most isolated communities and youth through the arts. FDLP’s projects are based in Loíza, Puerto Rico, a historically Afrxdescendiente area of the island.

In case you missed that part — These funds are going to support Black Diasporic Puerto Ricans. Yes, of course, this is the part of the island that is receiving the least amount of attention, the least amount of aid, and has the greatest need.

Festival de la Palabra Founder, Mayra Santos-Febres

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VIDEO: Shepherd on History and Resistance at the National Library of Jamaica

Verene Shepherd on history and resistance, particularly resistance of Caribbean women (Nanny of the Maroons, Mary Seacole, and others).

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