Ada Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez launch Digital Aponte: "Welcome to Digital Aponte, a site dedicated to the life and work of José Antonio Aponte, a free man of color, carpenter, artist, and alleged leader of a massive antislavery conspiracy and rebellion in colonial Cuba in 1811-1812. Aponte was also the creator of an unusual work of … Continue reading DIGITAL: Digital Aponte – Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora
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
Freedom’s Mirror follows the reverberations of the Haitian Revolution in Cuba, where the violent entrenchment of slavery occurred at the very moment that the Haitian Revolution provided a powerful and proximate example of slaves destroying slavery...
The American Historical Association has awarded Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave the John E. O'Conner Film Award for "outstanding interpretations of history through film" in the category of "Dramatic Feature." Other winners include....
Aisha K. Finch, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844. University of North Carolina Press, 2015. via UNC Press: "Envisioning La Escalera--an underground rebel movement largely composed of Africans living on farms and plantations in rural western Cuba--in the larger context of the long emancipation struggle in Cuba, Aisha Finch … Continue reading BOOK: Finch on La Escalera Rebellion and Enslaved Resistance in Cuba
The Public Archive recently interviewed Ada Ferrer about her latest book, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (2014): FERRER: "Among slaves and people of color you see something equivalent. Many scholars have argued that the Haitian Revolution –to quote Eugene Genovese—“propelled a revolution in consciousness” among African Americans. I agree, but … Continue reading Ferrer Interviewed by the Public Archive
CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora Date: May 8-9, 2015 Location: New York University, King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South, Auditorium Over the past fifteen years, scholars have shown a renewed interest in the political and historical legacy of José Antonio Aponte (?-1812), a free … Continue reading CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World (NYU)
Adam Rothman, Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2015. via Harvard University Press: "Born into slavery in rural Louisiana, Rose Herera was bought and sold several times before being purchased by the De Hart family of New Orleans. Still a slave, she married and had children, … Continue reading BOOK: Rothman on Rose Herera
Cowling, Camillia. Conceiving Freedom: Women of Color, Gender, and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013. via UNC Press: "In Conceiving Freedom, Camillia Cowling shows how gender shaped urban routes to freedom for the enslaved during the process of gradual emancipation in Cuba and … Continue reading BOOK: Cowling on Women, Gender, Emancipation in Cuba & Brazil
Michele Reid-Vazquez. The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. From University of Georgia Press: At dawn on June 29, 1844, a firing squad in Havana executed ten accused ringleaders of the Conspiracy of La Escalera, an alleged plot to abolish … Continue reading BOOK: Vazquez on Free People of Color and Revolt in Cuba