A list of accounts of the Bois Caïman ceremony, compiled by Ian Baucom and Laurent Dubois at Duke University for their course "The Black Atlantic." Read: Early Accounts of Bois Caïman « The Black Atlantic
Just launched: "The Runaway Slaves in Eighteenth-Century Britain project has created a searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by masters and owners seeking the capture and return of enslaved and bound people who had escaped. Many were of African descent, though a small number were from the Indian sub-continent and a … Continue reading DIGITAL: The Runaway Slaves in Britain Project Launches Today
Professor Thadious Davis discusses her research project "Imagination and the Space of Freedom" as well as her time as a Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study in 2014-2015.
Tera Hunter writes: "It is 1857, and Kanye, a carpenter, has finally saved up enough money to buy his freedom from Massa West. Trouble is, he has to leave his wife, Kimba, and five children on the plantation until he can buy them out of slavery as well. "Kanye is free from the constant threat … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Hunter on “Some Did Choose to Return to Slavery Because They Chose Family Over Everything”
Finally! Julius Scott, A Common Wind: Afro-American Organization in the Revolution Against Slavery (Verso, 2018). via Verso: "Out of the grey expanse of official records in Spanish, English and French, The Common Wind provides a gripping and colourful account of inter-continental communication networks that tied together the free and enslaved masses of the new world. … Continue reading BOOK: Scott on the Common Wind of Black Radicalism During Slavery
Robin D. G. Kelley on Black Marxism: "Historian Robin D.G. Kelley explores the radical Black politics of scholar Cedric J. Robinson -- from his historical understanding of race and capitalism an inherently inseparable systems, to his vision of the possibilities of politics, rooted deep in struggles past and present - setting the groundwork for new … Continue reading BLOGROLL/AUDIO: Kelley on Finding Ways to be One: The making of Cedric J. Robinson’s radical Black politics
Daina Ramey Berry writes: "We could spend more time reprimanding West (as Van Lathan of TMZ did so eloquently). But more productive would be to take this moment to call for a much-needed and long-overdue correction of U.S. history at every level — beginning with K-12 curriculum. "School-aged children have long been miseducated about the … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Berry on Kanye West’s teachable moment — for everyone
Graham T. Nessler, An Islandwide Struggle for Freedom: Revolution, Emancipation, and Reenslavement in Hispaniola, 1789-1809 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016). "Reinterpreting the Haitian Revolution as both an islandwide and a circum-Caribbean phenomenon, Graham Nessler examines the intertwined histories of Saint-Domingue, the French colony that became Haiti, and Santo Domingo, the Spanish … Continue reading BOOK: Nessler on Haitian Revolution and Santo Domingo
Bernard Mauvois, Les marrons de la mer: évasions d’esclaves de la Martinique vers les îles de la Caraïbe (1833-1848) (Karthala, 2017). "La mer entourant les colonies insulaires de la Caraïbe n’a jamais été une barrière et encore moins un obstacle insurmontable, mais au contraire une véritable voie vers les autres colonies. En 1833, alors que … Continue reading BOOK: Mauvois on Fugitive Slaves of Martinique
In a video for the Grio, Natasha Lightfoot discusses slave rebellions and resistance: "What about our ancestors who didn't 'jump from ships'? Did they ever fight back against the cruelty of slavery? "Closing Black History Month, Dr. Natasha Lightfoot tells the story of Black slave rebellions..."