BLOGROLL: Jones on Michelle Obama and the Black Women of the White House

Martha Jones puts Michelle Obama's portrait (painted by Amy Sherald) in powerful historical context: "These two images of Obama’s exposed arms bring history — that of black women and the White House — full circle. Images of black women in that iconic place have, since the nation’s founding, provoked questions about the character of our … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Jones on Michelle Obama and the Black Women of the White House

BOOK: Cooper on Slavery and Resistance in Montreal

Afua Cooper. The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007. via UGA Press: "During the night of April 10, 1734, Montréal burned. Marie-Joseph Angélique, a twenty-nine-year-old slave, was arrested, tried, and found guilty of starting the blaze that consumed forty-six buildings. … Continue reading BOOK: Cooper on Slavery and Resistance in Montreal

ARTICLE: Barragan on Female Slaveholders in Colombia

Yesenia Barragan, “Gendering Mastery: Female Slaveholders in the Colombian Pacific Lowlands.” Slavery & Abolition (July 24, 2017): 1–26. Abstract: "This article examines the lives and power exercised by female slaveholders in the frontier lowlands of the Pacific coast of Colombia during the first half of the nineteenth century. Utilizing records from the Independence era to … Continue reading ARTICLE: Barragan on Female Slaveholders in Colombia

BLOGROLL: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past – NYTimes.com

Annette Gordon-Reed writes: "It has been 20 years since the historian Annette Gordon-Reed published “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” a book that successfully challenged the prevailing perceptions of both figures. In a piece for The New York Times Book Review, submitted just before the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., Gordon-Reed reflects on the complexities … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past – NYTimes.com

VIDEO: Glymph on The System of Slavery, Domesticity, and Violence

Published on Mar 24, 2017: MOOC WHAW1.1x | Women Have Always Worked: The U.S. Experience 1700 - 1920 ColumbiaX | Alice Kessler-Harris "As we see American women coming into positions of unprecedented economic and political power, we start to wonder: why now? The Women Have Always Worked MOOC, offered in two parts, explores the history … Continue reading VIDEO: Glymph on The System of Slavery, Domesticity, and Violence

ARTICLE: Webster on Northern Black Womanhood in the Nineteenth Century

Crystal Lynn Webster, “In Pursuit of Autonomous Womanhood: Nineteenth-Century Black Motherhood in the U.S. North.” Slavery & Abolition 38, no. 2 (April 3, 2017): 425–40. Abstract: "African Americans who resided in the antebellum North were subjected to forms of disenfranchisement that informed their political activism. These experiences were especially pronounced for black women whose identities … Continue reading ARTICLE: Webster on Northern Black Womanhood in the Nineteenth Century

ARTICLE: Holden on African-American Children and the Southampton Rebellion of 1831

Vanessa M. Holden. "Generation, resistance, and survival: African-American children and the Southampton Rebellion of 1831." Slavery & Abolition pp. 1-47 (2017) Abstract: "The Southampton Rebellion of 1831, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, stands as the most famous slave rebellion in American History. Historians have studied the rebellion extensively often focusing on Turner’s biography, the incident’s violent sequence … Continue reading ARTICLE: Holden on African-American Children and the Southampton Rebellion of 1831

BLOGROLL: V Books Interviews Tera Hunter on Bound in Wedlock

Vibe interviews Tera Hunter on her new book, Bound in Wedlock: Slavery and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Harvard University Press): "The main objective of the book is to explore the meaning of marriage for African Americans during slavery and after emancipation. I examine how slaves constructed intimate bonds that they called “marriage” … Continue reading BLOGROLL: V Books Interviews Tera Hunter on Bound in Wedlock

BOOK: Hine on Black Women and American History

Darlene Clark Hine, Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History. Indiana University Press, 1994. via Indiana U Press: “The history of African American women has become an important topic in the intellectual life of this country in the last fifteen years; and Darlene Clark Hine has been one of those most responsible … Continue reading BOOK: Hine on Black Women and American History

Ancestry.com Unites the Founding Fathers’ Descendants in One Room | Inverse

This 4th of July in the United States, watch Ancestry.com's new ad for the Declaration of Independence and read this article by Emily Gaudette about Ancestry and independence's complicated complications: "Though it’s admittedly moving to watch a diverse group of people describe being united under one national banner — one is reminded of the latest … Continue reading Ancestry.com Unites the Founding Fathers’ Descendants in One Room | Inverse