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The latest issue of Slavery & Abolition includes the following articles:

Scrambling for Slaves: Captive Sales in Colonial South Carolina
Sean Kelley
Pages: 1-21

The Penalty of a Tyrant’s Law: Landscapes of Incarceration during the
Second Slavery
Kelly Birch & Thomas C. Buchanan
Pages: 22-38

The British Honduras Colony: Black Emigrationist Support for
Colonization in the Lincoln Presidency
Phillip W. Magness
Pages: 39-60

The Presence of Black African Women in the Slave System of Cadiz
Arturo Morgado García
Pages: 61-76

Why Joanna Baptista Sold Herself into Slavery: Indian Women in
Portuguese Amazonia, 1755–1798
Barbara A. Sommer
Pages: 77-97

Slavery, Empire and Civilization: A Luso-Brazilian Defense of the
Slave Trade in the Age of Revolutions
Kirsten Schultz
Pages: 98-117

Brazilian Gold, Cuban Copper and the Final Frontier of British
Chris Evans
Pages: 118-134

From Bondage to Freedom on the Red Sea Coast: Manumitted Slaves in
Egyptian Massawa, 1873–1885
Jonathan Miran
Pages: 135-157


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Princess Madia, captive on the ship The Wildfire. Harper's Weekly (June 2, 1860), p. 345. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies Volume 31 Issue 1

Adu-Boahen, Kwabena. “Abolition, Economic Transition, Gender and Slavery: The Expansion of Women’s Slaveholding in Ghana, 1807–1874.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 117.

Burroughs, Robert. “Eyes on the Prize: Journeys in Slave Ships Taken as Prizes by the Royal Navy.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 99.

Castillo, Lisa Earl, and Luis Nicolau Parés. “Marcelina da Silva: A Nineteenth-Century Candomblé Priestess in Bahia.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 1.

Fett, Sharla M. “Middle Passages and Forced Migrations: Liberated Africans in Nineteenth-Century US – Camps and Ships.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 75.

Gerbner, Katharine. “The Ultimate Sin: Christianising Slaves in Barbados in the Seventeenth Century.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 57.

Morrison, Karen Y. “Slave Mothers and White Fathers: Defining Family and Status in Late Colonial Cuba.” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 31, no. 1 (2010): 29.

IJAHS Special Issue: Archaeology & African History

William Smith, Thirty different drafts of Guinea (London, 1727?), plate 28. (Courtesy of The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia)

International Journal of African Historical Studies Vol. 42, No.3 (2009) 347

Special Issue : Current Trends in the Archaeology of African History

Guest Editors : Ann B. Stahl and Adria La Violette


Introduction : Current Trends in the Archaeology of African History, by Ann B. Stahl and Adria LaViolette    347

Material Life and Domestic Economy in a Frontier of the Oyo Empire During the Mid-Atlantic Age, by Akinwumi Ogundiran     351

Hueda (Whydah) Country and Town : Archaeological Perspectives on the Rise and Collapse of an African Atlantic Kingdom, by Neil L. Norman    387

Every Periphery Is Its Own Center : Sociopolitical and Economic Interactions in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Ghana, by Natalie Swanepoel    411

The Urban History of a Rural Place : Swahili Archaeology on Pemba Island, Tanzania, 700-1500 AD, by Adria LaViolette and Jeffrey Fleisher    433

Environmental Narratives and the History of Soil Erosion in Kondoa District, Tanzania : An Archaeological Perspective, by Paul Lane    457

Book Reviews

Jalloh and Falola, eds., The United States and West Africa : Interactions and Relations, by Benjamin Talton     485

Falola and Usman, eds., Movements, Borders and Identities in Africa, by Tolly Waters    487

Alpers, East Africa and the Indian Ocean, by Erik Gilbert    488

Nuttall and Mbembe, eds., Johannesburg : The Elusive Metropolis, by Guy Thompson    490

Dieckmann, Haillom in the Etosha Region : A History of Colonial Settlement, Ethnicity and Nature Conservation, by Marcia C. Schenck    492

Moyo, Dead Aid : Why Aid Is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa, by Raymond R. Gervais    493

Carton et al., eds., Zulu Identities : Being Zulu, Past and Present, by James Gump    495

Martin, Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville : Mothers and Sisters in Troubled Times, by Paul Kollman    496

Index for Volume 42 (2009)    499

Paton on Enslaved Women and Slavery circa 1807 (and more)

Posted at History in Focus, a 14 volume journal published by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.  [On the main page, the link to the issue on slavery is broken.  Access it here.]

Excerpt below:

This year’s commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the passage of the British Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade have tended to focus on those exceptional individuals who led movements against the trade and against slavery itself. (1) For some, those individuals have been located primarily in Britain: people like Thomas Clarkson, William Wilberforce and – finally being given his due in recent years – Olaudah Equiano. Others have countered that it is more appropriate to examine the frequently revolutionary actions of enslaved people themselves, whose ‘200 Years’ War’ against slavery, as Barbadian historian Hilary Beckles describes it, ultimately increased the economic and political costs of that system to the point where it could no longer be sustained. (2) On both sides, the emphasis has largely been on men, despite some efforts to include a token woman or two: a Hannah More here, a Nanny or a Mary Prince there. This concentration on men is almost inevitable when historical narrative becomes a search for heroic leaders, for the social conventions of most societies have tended to limit women’s capacity to become prominent leaders.

Yet this attention to the exceptional threatens to obscure the quotidian. What about the men and women who lived through slavery without taking up arms against it? Their experience was the norm for slave societies and, I would argue, is as important, as interesting and as full of political struggle as the lives of those who became rebels. This essay focuses on the everyday lives of enslaved people, especially enslaved women, in the British colonies in the Caribbean, and asks what difference the abolition of the slave trade meant to them. It focuses in particular on two issues: labour and reproduction. Drawing on secondary work as well as my own research in Jamaican archives, it shows the complex results of the end of importation of enslaved Africans. One outcome of the end of the slave trade was increased pressure on enslaved women, and thus increased conflict between them and those who sought to exploit them.

Read it in its entirety here.

The index of articles for the issue on slavery:

Britain, slavery and the trade in enslaved Africans

by Marika Sherwood

Enslaved women and slavery before and after 1807

by Diana Paton

British links and the West Indian proslavery argument

by Christer Petley

Reading the rebels: currents of slave resistance in the eighteenth-century British West Indies

by Natalie Zacek

Runaway slave communities in South Carolina

by Tim Lockley

Abolishing the slave trade

by James Walvin

The Big Disappointment. The economic consequences of the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, 1833-1888

by Pieter C. Emmer

Political uses of memories of slavery in the Republic of Benin

Ana Lucia Araujo

How could we do without sugar and rum?

Graham Ullathorne

JAAH 93:4: Special Issue on the End of the Slave Trade

The Journal of African American History volume 93:4 is a special issue commemorating the bicentennial of the outlawing of the Atlantic slave trade by the United States.

First paragraph steal from the introduction by journal editor and Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside V. P. Franklin:

“The year 2008 marks the bicentennial of the end of legal participation of United States citizens in the transatlantic slave trade. Under the terms of compromises that were made to gain southem slaveholders’ support for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789, members of the Congress were banned from prohibiting the importation of enslaved Africans into the United States until 1808. In light of the successful slave revolt on Saint Domingue leading to the birth of Haiti, the second republic in the New World (1791-1804); Gabriel Prosser’s unsuccessful slave insurrection in Virginia in 1800; and the

decision by the members of Parliametit in 1807 to outlaw British participation in the transatlantic slave trade, the Congress voted to ban the importation of enslaved Africans into the United States as of 1 January 1808.”


Franklin, V. P.

Mustakeem, Sowande’

Kyles, Perry L.

Tinnie, Dinizulu Gene

Kerr-Ritchie, J. R.

Franklin, V. P.

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Volume 30:2 is a special issue called  “Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective”.

Guest Editors:  Diana Paton and Jane Webster.

The table of contents is available here.  More information on the journal is available here.


Remembering Slave Trade Abolitions: Reflections on 2007 in International Perspective
Diana Paton; Jane Webster
Pages 161 – 167

‘Do You Remember the Days of Slav’ry?’ Connecting the Present with the Past in Contemporary Jamaica
Annie Paul
Pages 169 – 178

Barbados and the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Karl Watson
Pages 179 – 195
Reflections in a Shattered Glass: The British Council’s Celebrations of the Bicentenary of the 1807 Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Ghana
Manu Herbstein
Pages 197 – 207

The Slave Trade in Northern Ghana: Landmarks, Legacies and Connections
Benjamin W. Kankpeyeng
Pages 209 – 221

Remembering Slavery and Abolition in Bristol
Madge Dresser
Pages 223 – 246

Black Voices and Absences in the Commemorations of Abolition in North East England
Sheree Mack
Pages 247 – 257

Bringing it Home: Making Local Meaning in 2007 Bicentenary Exhibitions
Geoffrey Cubitt
Pages 259 – 275

Interpreting the Bicentenary in Britain
Diana Paton
Pages 277 – 289

Revealing Histories, Dialogising Collections: Museums and Galleries in North West England Commemorating the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Alan Rice
Pages 291 – 309

The Unredeemed Object: Displaying Abolitionist Artefacts in 2007
Jane Webster
Pages 311 – 325

The Brooks Slave Ship Icon: A ‘Universal Symbol’?
Jacqueline Francis
Pages 327 – 338

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Table of Contents for the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Black Studies:

Black Solidarity and Racial Context: An Exploration of the Role of Black Solidarity in U.S. Cities

Hoston, William T.
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 719-731

A Study in African American Candidates for High-Profile Statewide Office

Frederick, Kristofer A., Jeffries, Judson L.
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 689-718

Decalage: A Thematic Interpretation of Cultural Differences in the African Diaspora

Storr, Juliette
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 665-688

A “Man’s Woman”?: Contradictory Messages in the Songs of Female Rappers, 1992-2000

Oware, Matthew
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 786-802

Black Messages, White Messages: The Differential Use of Racial Appeals by Black and White Candidates

McIlwain, Charlton D., Caliendo, Stephen M.
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 732-743

Book Review: Howard, W. T. (Ed.). (2008). Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro: A Documentary History. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Conteh, Alhaji
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 816-817

Book Review: Lacy, K. R. (2007). Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class. Berkeley: University of California Press

Turner, Richard
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 814-816

The Crude Intentions: The Pursuit of African Fuel Minerals and the Need for an Afrocentric Foreign Policy

McDougal, Serie, III
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 803-813

Shedj-her-kek em Maa-aku-neferu: “Illuminating Shadows of the African Creative Ideal” of W.E.B. DuBois

Wilson, Khonsura A.
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 744-760

Representations of the Black Body in Mexican Visual Art: Evidence of an African Historical Presence or a Cultural Myth?

Phillips, Wendy E.
Journal of Black Studies, May 2009; vol. 39: pp. 761-785

TOC: Canadian Journal of African Studies 43:1

Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines
Volume 43 Number 1 / Numéro 1 2009
Canadian Journal of African Studies
Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines

Volume 43 Number 1 / Numéro 1 2009
Special Issue / Numéro special

New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa / Les sexualités africaines dans
leurs nouvelles perspectives

Contents / Sommaire

New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa: Introduction Marc Epprecht 1

Les sexualités africaines dans leurs nouvelles perspectives: Introduction
Charles Gueboguo 8

The Widow, the Will, and Widow-inheritance in Kampala: Revisiting
Victimisation Arguments Stella Nyanzi, Margaret Emodu-Walakira, and
Wilberforce Serwaniko 12

Faith in God, But Not in Condoms: Churches and Competing Visions of HIV
Prevention in Namibia Nicole Rigillo 34

Sur les rétributions des pratiques homosexuelles à Bamako Christophe
Broqua 60

Deaf, Gay, HIV Positive, and Proud: Narrating an Alternative Identity in
Post-Apartheid South Africa Karin Willemse and Ruth Morgan with John
Meletse 84

“Mombasa Morans”: Embodiment, Sexual Morality, and Samburu Men in Kenya
George Paul Meiu

Research Note / Note de recherche Penser les “droits” des homosexuels/les
en Afrique: du sens et de la puissance de l’action associative militante
au Cameroun Charles Gueboguo 130

Review Articles / Études bibliographiques African Feminists on Sexualities
Signe Arnfred 152

Sexualities, Pleasure, and Politics in Southern Africa Bodil Folke
Frederiksen 161

Southern African Homosexualities and Denials Stephen O. Murray 168

Contre l’homophobie en Afrique Patrick Awondo 174 African Perspectives on
Female Circumcision Amy Kaler 179

Same-Sex Sexuality Issues in Some African Popular Media Unoma Azuah 185

Book Reviews / Comptes rendus Sévérin Cécile Abéga. Violence Sexuelle et
l’Etat au Cameroun. Sybille N. Nyeck 188

Julian B. Carter. The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in
America, 1880-1940. Barrington Walker 190

Catherine Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh and Stephan Miescher, eds. Africa After
Gender? Brigitte Bagnol 192

Cary Alan Johnson. Off the Map: How HIV/AIDS Programming Is Failing
Same-Sex Practicing People in Africa. Amanda Lock Swarr 195

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Richmond Tiemoko and Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye,
eds. Human Sexuality in Africa: Beyond Reproduction. Robert Morrell 198

Ruth Morgan and Saskia Wieringa, eds. Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and
Ancestral Wives: Female Same-Sex Practices in Africa. Sam Bullington 201

Nicoli Nattrass. Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for
Antiretrovirals in South Africa. Mary Caesar 204

Stephanie Newell. The Forger’s Tale: The Search for Odeziaku. Taiwo
Oloruntoba-Oju 206

Alexander Rödlach. Witches, Westerners and HIV: AIDS and Cultures of Blame
in Africa. Allison Goebel 208

Tamara Shefer, Kopano Ratele, A. Strebel, N. Shabalala and R. Buikema,
eds. From Boys to Men: Social Constructions of Masculinity in Contemporary
Society. Mikki van Zyl 211

Works Cited / Ouvrages cités Contributors / Collaborateurs 215