ARTICLE: Pryor on the Etymology of ‘Nigger’ in the Antebellum North

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Effect of John Brown's invasion at the South (Nov. 19, 1859)." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2016.
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Effect of John Brown’s invasion at the South (Nov. 19, 1859).” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 22, 2016.
Pryor, Elizabeth Stordeur. “The Etymology of Nigger: Resistance, Language, and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North.” Journal of the Early Republic 36, no. 2 (2016): 203–45.


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DIGITAL: Rankin Maps the Spread of Slavery in United States


A digital project by Bill Rankin visualizes the spread of slavery in the United States in maps. Rankin uses dots, black space (to render county/state lines nearly invisible), and color gradations to mark the changing population of slave and free:

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Jackson and Ball Discuss Roots from the 1970s to Now | Interview with the Journal of the Civil War Era


Elizabeth Motich interviews Kellie Carter Jackson and Erica L. Ball on the TV mini-series Roots and the 2016 remake for the The Journal of Civil War Era :

“This week on Muster, Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson and Dr. Erica L. Ball, authors of the upcoming book, Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017) talk about history, slavery, and black genealogy in anticipation of The History Channel’s May 31st premiere of a four-part remake of Alex Haley’s 1977 classic series, Roots. After the first episode of Roots, stay tuned for The Roots of Our History, a documentary about the series.

What do you recall about the original 1977 Roots series?

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ARTICLES/DIGITAL: Foreman and more on the Colored Conventions Project

A recent issue of Common-Place (16.1, 2015) featured a roundtable on the Colored Conventions Project:

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DIGITAL: Rudisell of the Colored Conventions Project on Copyright and Doing Digital Black History

Carol A. Rudisell, librarian at the University of Delaware Library, writes about working with the Colored Conventions Project (previously featured at #ADPhD & Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog):

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SOURCE: “Into the inner life of the Negro Race”: Highlights from Black Authors, 1556-1922 | Readex

The September release of Black Authors, 1556-1922: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia includes Louis Hughes’ heart-pounding and heart-wrenching autobiography as well as several works of fiction by prolific author Sutton Elbert Griggs.

Thirty Years a Slave: From Bondage to Freedom: The Institution of Slavery as Seen on the Plantation and in the Home of the Planter (1897)

By Louis Hughes

In 1832, Louis Hughes was born a slave on a plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. Writing of his early life, Hughes quickly captures his readers’ attention:

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BOOK: Ball on the Black Middle Class in the Antebellum North

Ball to Live an Antislavery Life Cover

Erica L. Ball, To Live an Antislavery Life: Personal Politics and the Antebellum Black Middle Class. University of Georgia Press, 2013.

via UGA Press:

“In this study of antebellum African American print culture in transnational perspective, Erica L. Ball explores the relationship between antislavery discourse and the emergence of the northern black middle class.

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