Johnson: “Yet Lives and Fights”: Riots, Resistance, and Reconstruction | @AAIHS

In response to the recent election, #ADPhD is sharing reflections, short takes, and responses from scholars of slavery. To submit yours, click here. On November 12, 2016, in light of the recent election, Jessica Marie Johnson published this essay on the African American Intellectual History Society blog: "....The Mechanics’ Institute (or Mechanics Hall) Massacre, considered … Continue reading Johnson: “Yet Lives and Fights”: Riots, Resistance, and Reconstruction | @AAIHS

Petrella on Slavery, Democracy, and the Racialized Roots of the Electoral College | @AAIHS

In response to the recent election, #ADPhD is sharing reflections, short takes, and responses from scholars of slavery. To submit yours, click here. On November 14, 2016, in light of the recent election, the Christopher F. Petrella published this essay on the African American Intellectual History Society blog: Petrella writes: "In a direct election system, … Continue reading Petrella on Slavery, Democracy, and the Racialized Roots of the Electoral College | @AAIHS

Susan Eva O’Donovan: “To stand by silently…makes us look profoundly stupid and cruel and racist too.”

In response to the recent election, #ADPhD is sharing reflections, short takes, and responses from scholars of slavery. To submit yours, click here. On November 14, 2016, news outlets reported that a West Virginian official -- Clay County Development Corporation Director Pamela Ramsey - made the following statement comparing First Lady of the United States … Continue reading Susan Eva O’Donovan: “To stand by silently…makes us look profoundly stupid and cruel and racist too.”

Alex Gil: “This double voice that could pass the censors was key to their survival.”

As the journal steamed on, Aimé Césaire was secretly working on a brutally direct historical drama with the title “Et les chiens se taisaient” (And the Dogs Were Silent). The plot of the drama revolved around the events of the Haitian Revolution (see post below). The manuscript could’ve cost him his livelihood—if not his life—had it been found by the fascists. But fascism is only half of the story. After the war, 1946, after fascism had been replaced with liberal colonialism, the line “Kill the Whites,” refrained 70+ times in the original, was reduced to one appearance in the PG-13 oratorio published in Paris for a bruised audience. As with most famous attempts at presenting black armies decimating white armies, history didn’t find its proper stage.

Patrick Rael: “I’m afraid that we are now all about to receive a terrible lesson in matters the least of us have been weaned on for generations.”

"To those who made the spiteful, foolish choice to vote for a sociopath who does not understand let alone value the rule of law, here is the one irreducible fact that you, your children, their children, and theirs will have to live with: YOU left the center. YOU defected from the compact. YOU flipped the game board and went home. YOU broke it, for all of us. When those who had the most cause to do this did not. If you have cause for anger, how much cause have those with deep and longstanding grievances against this country? I’m sorry if that's ungenerous, but what you have done is the essence of ungenerous." - Patrick Rael

Post-Election Editor’s Note: #ADPhD is at Your Service

Historians of Atlantic slavery: African Diaspora, Ph.D. is at your service. Which primary sources can you share that are helping you move through these times? What moments in history do we need to be reminded up that remind you of now? How does our subject inform our present? If you are writing essays on Facebook--may … Continue reading Post-Election Editor’s Note: #ADPhD is at Your Service

Rothman on “Facing Slavery’s Legacy” at Georgetown University

Adam Rothman speaks about slavery and the university at a Georgetown University event: "Streamed live on Nov 3, 2016, Adam Rothman, professor of history at Georgetown, discusses the university’s roots in the slave economy of early America and their implications for today. He describes university efforts to research its history and reach out to descendants … Continue reading Rothman on “Facing Slavery’s Legacy” at Georgetown University

Morgan on Thinking with Black Marxism | @AAIHS

Jennifer Morgan discusses Cedric Robinson's work on Black Marxism and its relationship to histories of slavery at AAIHS: "Robinson’s work on the early Modern black Atlantic (though he didn’t name it as such) is a crucial provocation to contemporary scholars—and one that is, to some degree, being taken up. In the past ten years, the … Continue reading Morgan on Thinking with Black Marxism | @AAIHS

Berry on Nat Turner’s Skull and A Purse of Skin | @NYTimes

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

BOOK: Berry on Slavery, Value, and a “Pound of Flesh”

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”