From the introduction by Kelly Baker Josephs: "In the past two months, we have lost two remarkable members of the Caribbean literary community. Recently, Derek Walcott, 87, passed away in St. Lucia. There has, even in the short time since his death on 17 March, been much written in tribute to Walcott’s legacy and I … Continue reading SX Salon 24 | Small Axe Project
Janell Hobson, editor Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms (SUNY Press, 2016) discusses the rationale behind revisiting the titular question: "So why ask the question: Are all the women still white? … The volume’s titular question is a guiding reminder that gender and racial signage must be viewed as inherently questionable and … Continue reading Hobson Discusses All the Women and Continuing Legacies | @AAIHS
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded. Join Disunion on Facebook » Hahn, Steven. “What Lincoln Meant to the Slaves.” New York Times. Disunion, February 12, 2011. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/what-lincoln-meant-to-the-slaves/. … Continue reading Hahn on “What Lincoln Meant to the Slaves”
Quite a late posting. Many apologies on the hiatus. ~JMJOHNSO For more on Wilson as an entrepreneur see Gabrielle Foreman and Katherine Flynn's 2009 Boston Globe piece here. Gates, Henry Louis, and R. J. Ellis. “Harriet Wilson's Sunday School.” TheRoot.com, January 10, 2011, sec. Views. http://www.theroot.com/views/harriet-wilson-s-sunday-school. Excerpt: As Gabrielle Foreman and Kathy Flynn have shown, … Continue reading ESSAY: Gates and Ellis on Harriet Wilson, 19th Century Novelist and Spiritualist
In April, when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation reviving Confederate History Month in the commonwealth, he reminded us once again of the Confederacy's staying power. Wittingly or not, McDonnell demonstrated that historical "memory disputes" are always about the present, as he spoke in the tradition of a long line of Southern leaders beginning … Continue reading Blight: What gives the Confederacy its staying power?
For those of us who work with historical photographs (particularly images from the nineteenth century, when the medium was still in its infancy) there are few things more thrilling than stumbling on an image we didn’t know existed. But finding and then identifying historical photographs with any certainty, particularly the subjects in them, is tricky … Continue reading Mitchell: Portrait or Postcard? The Controversy over a “Rare” Photograph of Slave Children
Abstract: Diverse college and university campuses with origins before Emancipation embody a potent paradox. Architecturally and spatially, they present tangible models of idealized utopian spaces, earthly apparitions of the promise of Heaven. Yet these utopian imagined communities rest, at times uneasily, upon under-acknowledged histories of violent coercion, in the form of slavery and slave trades. … Continue reading Auslander on Slavery and the University