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

ARTICLE: Semley on “To Live and Die, Free and French”

  Lorelle D. Semley, “To Live and Die, Free and French Toussaint Louverture’s 1801 Constitution and the Original Challenge of Black Citizenship.” Radical History Review 2013, no. 115 (2013): 65–90. Abstract: "Haiti was not yet born when Toussaint Louverture wrote his 1801 Constitution as governor-general of the French colony of Saint-Domingue. Louverture declared loyalty to … Continue reading ARTICLE: Semley on “To Live and Die, Free and French”

BOOK: Holland on the Slaves in the White House

Holland, Jesse J. The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House. Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press, 2016. Lyon Press: "THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion’s most unexpected residents, the African American slaves … Continue reading BOOK: Holland on the Slaves in the White House

ARTICLES/DIGITAL: Foreman and more on the Colored Conventions Project

A recent issue of Common-Place (16.1, 2015) featured a roundtable on the Colored Conventions Project:   Vol. 16 No. 1 Convention Minutes and Unconventional Proceedings Colored Conventions Project Roundtable Jim Casey Vol. 16 No. 1 Liberating History: Reflections on Rights, Rituals and the Colored Conventions Project Colored Conventions Project Roundtable Carol A. Rudisell Vol. 16 … Continue reading ARTICLES/DIGITAL: Foreman and more on the Colored Conventions Project

DIGITAL: Rudisell of the Colored Conventions Project on Copyright and Doing Digital Black History

Carol A. Rudisell, librarian at the University of Delaware Library, writes about working with the Colored Conventions Project (previously featured at #ADPhD & Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog): "During the past three years I’ve had the opportunity of working collaboratively with the Colored Conventions Project (CCP), a dedicated team of scholars, students, and library professionals whose … Continue reading DIGITAL: Rudisell of the Colored Conventions Project on Copyright and Doing Digital Black History

BOOK: Sinha on Abolition as the “Slave’s Cause”

Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016. via Yale U Press: "Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting … Continue reading BOOK: Sinha on Abolition as the “Slave’s Cause”

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

EDITED: Hull, Scott & Smith’s Some of Us Are Brave (1982)

African Diaspora, Ph.D. is revisiting scholarship that has shaped the study of people of African descent across time and place.  In 1982, Hull, Scott, and Smith published a compilation of scholarship on the history, condition, and politics of black women in the United States. The works collected in Some of Us Are Brave spoke back … Continue reading EDITED: Hull, Scott & Smith’s Some of Us Are Brave (1982)