The Atlantic reprints Frederick Douglass’s 1866 essay on how Congress can cope with a chief executive who refuses to recognize the rights of all citizens: "Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an … Continue reading SOURCE: Frederick Douglass on How Congress Can Fight a ‘Treacherous President’ – The Atlantic
Newman on Tubman, Jackson, and U.S. Currency
Newman writes: "If Jackson was angry at his own eloped slave, a runaway like Harriet Tubman would have enraged him. Born into slavery in Maryland in about 1822, Tubman was beaten and whipped as a child and young woman, and one of these injuries impaired her with seizures for the rest of her life. … Continue reading Newman on Tubman, Jackson, and U.S. Currency
Simmons on Landscapes and History in Beyonce’s #Lemonade
At the UNC Press Blog, Historian LaKisha Michelle Simmons explores the historic and symbolic significance of the plantation settings in Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade, including references to the 1811 Louisiana slave revolt.
Berry: Harriet Tubman isn’t the first black woman to appear on currency in the U.S.
Berry: "Harriet Tubman will be the first African American (male or female) to appear on federally sanctioned currency, but she is not the first enslaved person to appear on paper money circulated in the United States..."
Byrd on Teaching Celia, A Slave in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter
Byrd writes: "The case was about much more than Celia. It was even about much more than an enslaved teenager’s inability to claim the same anti-rape protections afforded to free white women."
Childs on A Escrava Isaura and the Drama of White Slavery | @AAIHS
Childs writes: "Later in 1976 the novel would be reconceptualized as a television show, or telenovela. It was wildly successful and became one of the most watched television programs in the world, broadcasted in over 80 countries. It was undoubtedly a smash success in South America but also in the Soviet Union, China, Poland, and Hungary. In fact, it was in Hungary where the most intriguing- or depending on your perspective, most comical- story about the telenovela comes to us. According to legend, it was in Hungary in the 1980s where the faithful viewers of Escrava Isaura took up collections after the final episode of the series to help purchase Isaura’s freedom...."
ESSAY: Price on “Violence and Hope in a Space of Death: Paramaribo” | Common-place (2003)
"About 1710, J. D. Herlein, a Dutch visitor to Paramaribo, reported that a runaway slave from the town had been recaptured by the authorities. His sentence, which the court intended "to serve as an example to others," was "to be quartered alive, and the pieces thrown in the River." Herlein witnessed the execution: "He … Continue reading ESSAY: Price on “Violence and Hope in a Space of Death: Paramaribo” | Common-place (2003)
Rael on Ferguson, Respectability Politics, and the Early Republic
Six months after the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it is worth revisiting scholars' reflections on what his death, extrajudicial killings of people of African descent, and histories of slavery and diaspora have in common. Last August, Patrick Rael placed present-day re-articulations of respectability politics against a long history of black political rhetoric, … Continue reading Rael on Ferguson, Respectability Politics, and the Early Republic
Childs on Doing African Diaspora History as a Latin Americanist
In "Between Latin America and the African Diaspora?" Greg Childs discusses researching Latin America's black history and the conflicts that can arise: Perhaps because I was indeed sitting right beside him the man did not see me. Or maybe he saw me but genuinely had no clue what kind of work I did or what … Continue reading Childs on Doing African Diaspora History as a Latin Americanist
Foner on the Underground Railroad (NYTimes.com)
Eric Foner on revisiting histories of the Underground Railroad: "That view largely held among scholars until 1961, when the historian Larry Gara published “The Liberty Line,” a slashing revisionist study that dismissed the Underground Railroad as a myth and argued that most fugitive slaves escaped at their own initiative, with little help from organized abolitionists. … Continue reading Foner on the Underground Railroad (NYTimes.com)
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