Daina Ramey Berry on trading the remains of slaves as an American past time: "This month, Richard Hatcher, a former mayor of Gary, Ind., delivered what researchers suspect is the skull of Nat Turner, the rebel slave, to Turner’s descendants. The skull had been kept as a relic, sold and probably handed down through generations, … Continue reading Berry on Nat Turner’s Skull and A Purse of Skin | @NYTimes
Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation. Boston: Beacon Press, 2017. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives—including from … Continue reading BOOK: Berry on Slavery, Value, and a “Pound of Flesh”
Jessica Millward, "Black Women’s History and the Labor of Mourning," Souls 18 (2016): 161- 165 Millward on mourning and doing histories of enslaved and free women of African descent: "This special volume of Souls provides the occasion to discuss the hidden labor involved in the production of Black women’s history. This article argues that contemporary … Continue reading ARTICLE: Millward on Black Women’s History and Mourning
Daut: "The number of times that exterminating the entire population of “mulattoes,” free people of color, and eventually all “negroes” is alluded to in writing about the Haitian Revolution is astounding..."
Special Issue of Social Text (33:4, 2015) on "The Question of Recovery: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive," including a roundtable on slavery, mapping, and the digital humanities. Guest edited by Laura Helton, Justin Leroy, Max A. Mishler, Samantha Seeley, and Shauna Sweeney Articles Helton, Laura, Justin Leroy, Max A. Mishler, Samantha Seeley, and Shauna Sweeney. … Continue reading ARTICLE/JOURNAL/DIGITAL: Social Text Special Issue on Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive
Diouf writes: "Another African Burial Ground was officially “discovered” in New York City a few days ago. If this is news to most, it is not to preservationists, historians, and archivists who have been aware of the existence of the cemetery for years.... "The story of the Harlem Burial Ground began in 1658 when Governor … Continue reading Diouf on The Harlem Burial Ground | Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Brown, Vincent. The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2008. On February 28, 2008, Harvard University Press will release Vincent Brown's The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery. via HUP website: "What did people make of death in the world … Continue reading BOOK: Brown on Death and Power of Enslaved in Jamaica