#Slavery: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World (Ana Lucia Araujo) now available!


#slavery #slavery: New Essential Book for scholars in slave studies, world history, Africana studies, and Latin American Studies: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World (Ana Lucia Araujo)

“Brazil imported the largest number of enslaved Africans during the Atlantic slave trade era […] Today, with the exception of Nigeria, the largest population of people of African descent is in Brazil […] Yet, Brazil has a complex relationship with its slave past; consequently, these complications spill over into the various dimensions of Brazil’s rich African heritage that originated from this tragic period.”
– Ana Lucia Araujo (introduction to African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World)

This unprecedented interdisciplinary volume led by Ana Lucia Araujo (Professor of History at Howard University and general editor of the Cambria Studies in Slavery: Past and Present book series) is now available. African…

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Santa Barbara of Samaná, 1869: the imperial gaze.

Most of the images we have of the Dominican Republic and of Haiti in the 19th century come to us through imperial eyes.

Dennis R. Hidalgo

I am also finding my hard-drive swelling with illustrations which I cannot yet use in publications.  Hopefully, by sharing them here, these historical documents find themselves useful to others.  The picture below, which appeared in the Harper’s Weekly (1869), in the eve of the 1870-71 Annexation Treaty with the U.S., illustrates a couple of lines I wrote in my book’s epilogue:

During the second half of the nineteenth century, Samaná shifted in the world’s imagination from a presqu’île with a useful gulf to a bay with a funky peninsula attached to it. This conceptual turn was the work of the Atlantic print culture (blogosphere) becoming progressively fascinated with the Samaná harbor. Foreigners invoked the term “Samaná Bay” even when they had the peninsula in mind, referring to it as an exceptional harbor that shortsighted Dominicans were ready to trade for temporary debt-relief.

Santa Barbara of Samaná, 1869. Santa Barbara of Samaná, 1869.

The main purpose…

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New Book—”Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction”

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Elena Machado Sáez’s Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fictionis coming soon from University of Virginia Press (March 2015):

Description:In Market Aesthetics, Elena Machado Sáez explores the popularity of Caribbean diasporic writing within an interdisciplinary, comparative, and pan-ethnic framework. She contests established readings of authors such as Junot Díaz, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, and Robert Antoni while showcasing the work of emerging writers such as David Chariandy, Marlon James, and Monique Roffey. By reading these writers as part of a transnational literary trend rather than within isolated national ethnic traditions, the author is able to show how this fiction adopts market aesthetics to engage the mixed blessings of multiculturalism and globalization via the themes of gender and sexuality.

Elena Machado Sáez, Associate Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University, is coauthor with Raphael Dalleo of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature

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Defiant Haiti: Free-Soil Runaways, Ship Seizures and the Politics of Diplomatic Non-Recognition in the Early Nineteenth Century

Dennis R. Hidalgo

Johnhenry Gonzalez has written an article with engaging stories and on a topic that deserves even more attention.

I finally got to read Johnhenry Gonzalez’s article published in the latest issue of Abolition & Slavery 36:1 (2015): 124-135.  It deals with an understudied topic, but one that is important to me.  If this is an indication of a trend, I am happy for this budding interest in post-revolutionary Haiti (1820s) and the Atlantic World.

Runaways escaping by boat Runaways escaping by boat

No images survive of Mary Prince herself, but this is the photo that has often been used to illustrate her story No images survive of Mary Prince herself, but this is the photo that has often been used to illustrate her story

It is only at the end of the article that the reader notices that Gonzalez had nicely weaved in pirates’ and runaway accounts into a foreign policy study. Gonzalez knows that Prince Mary’s remarkable autobiography fits perfectly when talking about runaways from the Caicos’ islands. So, there she is.  Attention to stories like…

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New Book: David M. Stark’s “Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico”

I am happy to announce David Stark’s new book, Slaves Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico.”

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David M. Stark has recently published his new book, Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico (University Press of Florida, 2015). Puerto Rican historian Dr. Fernando Pico says that the author “deftly uses the available parish registers to document the stages of the coming of African men and women to Puerto Rico in the eighteenth century and reveals patterns of family formation and bonds of solidarity among the African slaves and with the rest of society.”

Description: The hato economy—a combination of livestock ranching, foodstuff cultivation, and timber harvesting—figured prominently in Puerto Rico and greatly impacted slave communities. When animal husbandry drove much of the island’s economy, slavery was less harsh than in plantations geared toward crop cultivation, argues David M. Stark. Slaves in the hato economy experienced more favorable conditions for family formation, relatively relaxed work regimes, higher fertility rates, and lower mortality rates, he argues.

While much scholarship…

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Sibylle Fischer on the early Haitian Law

Sibylle Fischer on the early Haitian Law

Dennis R. Hidalgo

Re-reading: Sybelle Fischer’s Modernity Disavowed.

Look here for a post on this book at the blog for Caribbean & Atlantic Bibliographies

Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution

Fischer’s book is always refreshing and helpful. I realized how much it had influenced me when in a meeting with the author I told a story from the book back to her without realizing that I had actually learned it from her book. I came back to it today to review what she had written on the early Haitian law in chapters 1113. Though she only made a few references to the 1816 Constitution, which is my focus, her in-depth study of the earlier ones, particularly that of 1801 (Toussaint Louverture’s) is crucial to my study on the Haitian law. Also helpful is how she projects these constitutions forward in time and see their…

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