Joining Places

BOOK: Kaye on Slave Neighborhoods and Social Space

Anthony E. Kaye. Joining Places: Slave Neighborhoods in the Old South. Durham: The University of North Carolina Press, 2009. via University of North Carolina Press: In this new interpretation of antebellum slavery, Anthony Kaye offers a vivid portrait of slaves transforming adjoining plantations into slave neighborhoods. He describes men and women opening paths from their owners’ plantations to adjacent farms to go courting and take … Continue reading BOOK: Kaye on Slave Neighborhoods and Social Space

Voices of the Enslaved

BOOK: Rodriguez on the Voices of the Enslaved in Cuba

Gloria Garcia Rodriguez. Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba: A Documentary History. Translated by Nancy L. Westrate. Durham: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011. via University of North Carolina Press: Putting the voices of the enslaved front and center, Gloria García Rodríguez’s study presents a compelling overview of African slavery in Cuba and its relationship to the plantation system that was the economic … Continue reading BOOK: Rodriguez on the Voices of the Enslaved in Cuba

Doctoring Freedom

BOOK: Long on African-American Medical Care in Slavery and Freedom

Gretchen Long. Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation. Durham: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012. via University of North Carolina Press: For enslaved and newly freed African Americans, attaining freedom and citizenship without health for themselves and their families would have been an empty victory. Even before emancipation, African Americans recognized that control of their bodies was … Continue reading BOOK: Long on African-American Medical Care in Slavery and Freedom

Domingos Alvares

Congratulations to James H. Sweet, Winner of the 2012 Douglass Prize

From the Gilder Lerhman Center: James Sweet, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press). The Douglass Prize was jointly created by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, … Continue reading Congratulations to James H. Sweet, Winner of the 2012 Douglass Prize

Anatomy of Blackness

BOOK: Curran on the Anatomy of Blackness

Andrew S. Curran, The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment. 1st ed. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. From Johns Hopkins University Press: This volume examines the Enlightenment-era textualization of the Black African in European thought. Andrew S. Curran rewrites the history of blackness by replicating the practices of eighteenth-century readers. Surveying French and European travelogues, natural histories, … Continue reading BOOK: Curran on the Anatomy of Blackness

Extending the Diaspora (2009)

EDITED: Curry, Duke, and Smith on New Histories of the Black Diaspora

Dawne Y. Curry,, Eric D. Duke, and Marshanda A. Smith, eds. Extending the Diaspora: New Histories of Black People. 1st ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009. From University of Illinois Press: This groundbreaking collection addresses both new and familiar topics with fresh perspectives to produce original and thought-provoking scholarship on the diasporic histories of black people. Through a variety of methodologies and theoretical constructs, … Continue reading EDITED: Curry, Duke, and Smith on New Histories of the Black Diaspora

Dylan Penningroth

NEWS: Dylan Penningroth Wins 2012 Macarthur “Genius” Grant

Dylan Penningroth (Northwestern U.) has been awarded a 2012 Macarthur “Genius” grant for his work on kinship and property within slave communities in the United States and along the Gold Coast. From the Macarthur Foundation website: Dylan C. Penningroth is a historian who examines shifting concepts of property ownership and kinship in order to shed light on long-obscured aspects of African American life under slavery … Continue reading NEWS: Dylan Penningroth Wins 2012 Macarthur “Genius” Grant

Plantation Enterprise

BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

S. Max Edelson, Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. From Harvard University Press: European settlers came to South Carolina in 1670 determined to possess an abundant wilderness. Over the course of a century, they settled highly adaptive rice and indigo plantations across a vast coastal plain. Forcing slaves to turn swampy wastelands into productive fields and to channel surging … Continue reading BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

Black France / France Noire

EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France

 Trica Danielle Keaton, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Tyler Stovall, eds. Black France / France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. From Duke University Press: In Black France / France Noire, scholars, activists, and novelists from France and the United States address the untenable paradox at the heart of French society. France’s constitutional and legal discourses do not recognize … Continue reading EDITED: Keaton, Sharpley-Whiting, and Stovall on Black France