Revisiting summer 2014 and this essay by Janell Hobson: "Who knew that after the demolition of Kara Walker’s wildly popular “Marvelous Sugar Baby” art installation (see photo at left) at the old Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, the giant-sized booty of her 35-foot-high and 75-foot-long Sphinx would cast a long shadow this summer? "At least … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Hobson on Nicki Minaj and the Sugar Sphinx for Ms. Magazine Blog (2014)
Sharony Green, Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2015. via NIU Press: "It is generally recognized that antebellum interracial relationships were “notorious” at the neighborhood level. But we have yet to fully uncover the complexities of such relationships, especially from freedwomen’s and children’s points of view. … Continue reading BOOK: Green on Black-White Intimacy in Antebellum U.S.
Janell Hobson, editor Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms (SUNY Press, 2016) discusses the rationale behind revisiting the titular question: "So why ask the question: Are all the women still white? … The volume’s titular question is a guiding reminder that gender and racial signage must be viewed as inherently questionable and … Continue reading Hobson Discusses All the Women and Continuing Legacies | @AAIHS
Keynote Address by Professor Jennifer Morgan, New York University to the conference Pregnancy, Childbearing and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies
Wanda A. Hendricks, Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region and Race. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2013. via University of Illinois Press: Born shortly before the Civil War, activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams (1855–1944) became one of the most prominent educated African American women of her generation. In this first biography of … Continue reading BOOK: Hendricks on Fannie Barrier Williams
Pier Gabrielle Foreman, Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. University of Illinois Press, 2009. via University of Illinois Press: Activist Sentiments takes as its subject women who in fewer than fifty years moved from near literary invisibility to prolific productivity. Grounded in primary research and paying close attention to the historical archive, this … Continue reading BOOK: Foreman on Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century
Frederickson, Mary E., and Delores M. Walters, eds. Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Via University of Illinois Press: Inspired by the story of Margaret Garner, the escaped slave who in 1856 slit her daughter's throat rather than have her forced back into slavery, the … Continue reading EDITED: Frederickson and Walters on Slavery, Gender, and Resistance
Mimi Sheller, Citizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom. Duke University Press Books, 2012. via Duke U Press: Citizenship from Below boldly revises the history of the struggles for freedom by emancipated peoples in post-slavery Jamaica, post-independence Haiti, and the wider Caribbean by focusing on the interplay between the state, the body, race, … Continue reading Sheller on Race and Sexuality in Post-Emancipation Caribbean