BOOK: Vlach on the Big House

John Michael Vlach, Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Plantation Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 1993).

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BLOGROLL/RESOURCE: Handler and Tuite on Louisiana Native Guards Photo Falsification

Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite, Jr. describe the fraudulent identification of a Civil War photograph of United States Colored Troops as members of the Confederate army’s First Louisiana Native Guard:

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DIGITAL/SOURCE: Katz and Nyong’o Exhibit on Mary Jones and Print Culture | Outhistory

Jonathan Ned Katz and Tavia Nyong’o analyze the print material generated by the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally:

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BLOGROLL: Katz on Mary Jones, Gender, Slavery, and TransHistory | OutHistory

Jonathan Ned Katz analyzes the case of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally a sex worker of African descent arrested in 1830s New York:

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BOOK: Fleetwood on Troubling Vision and Black Visuality

Fleetwood, Nicole R. Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2011.

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BOOK: Cobb on Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century | Books | NYU Press

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Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century. New York: NYU Press, 2015.
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Cobb on “What Does Black Freedom Look Like?” | @LeftofBlack

Jasmine Cobb on black visuality via Left of Black:

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Berry on #UndergroundWGN and “The Modern Story of Enslaved Runaways” | Process History @The_OAH

Daina Ramey Berry writes:

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Rogers on Researching the Zealy Dagguerreotypes of Slaves (2012)

In 2012, at Mirror of Race, Molly Rogers reflected on the Jacques Zealy daguerreotypes of South Carolina slaves (now held by Harvard University).

In the sum­mer of 1976, employ­ees of Har­vard University’s Peabody Museum of Archae­ol­ogy and Eth­nol­ogy dis­cov­ered fif­teen daguerreo­types in the museum attic. The pho­tographs were made in 1850 and they depict five African men and two African Amer­i­can women, all of whom were slaves in or near Colum­bia, South Car­olina. The names of the peo­ple are known—the men are Jack, Jem, Fassena and Alfred, and the women Drana and Delia—as are a few details on the cir­cum­stances of their lives. The daguerreo­types are con­sid­ered to be the ear­li­est known pho­tographs of iden­ti­fi­able Amer­i­can slaves….

…As I exam­ined the pho­tographs, scru­ti­niz­ing Delia’s body with the aid of a mag­ni­fy­ing glass—seeking in her image evi­dence of mal­treat­ment, of the cir­cum­stances under which the image was made, and of her indi­vid­ual character—an unpleas­ant feel­ing came over me. Louis Agas­siz had com­mis­sioned Delia’s pho­tographs after phys­i­cally exam­in­ing her. The images were intended to serve as aides-memoire to this osten­si­bly sci­en­tific exam­i­na­tion and also as evi­dence of his find­ings, which he could show to other peo­ple. The pho­tographs were there­fore dou­bly linked to Delia’s vio­la­tion: they were both the cul­mi­na­tion of an inva­sive exam­i­na­tion and a sec­ond instance of this objec­ti­fy­ing scrutiny. And there I was, exam­in­ing Delia much as the sci­en­tist had done: she was exposed against her will and in her body I sought infor­ma­tion, facts, evi­dence. That the kind of the evi­dence I hoped to find dif­fered from that of the Swiss nat­u­ral­ist offered lit­tle con­so­la­tion. Ulti­mately, there was no avoid­ing the fact that I was regard­ing Delia as an object and doing so for my own gain…

Read the rest: Molly Rogers, “Fair Women Are Transformed into Negresses,” mirrorofrace.org 2012 January 18. http://mirrorofrace.org/fair-women/