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On Atlantic Africa and the West Indies (1655-1807)

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Summer/Fall, 2018

Article on the Coromantee and Edward Long Published in Slavery & Abolition

Dear readers,

Today, I was fortunate to have my article published in the academic journal, Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. The article is called “The origins of a source: Edward Long, Coromantee slave revolts, and The History of Jamaica.” It explores how an eighteenth-century planter and historian, named Edward Long, developed some knowledge of Africans in Jamaica, and then re-purposed and deployed that knowledge in the British abolitionist debates. Broadly speaking, the article has relevance for anyone who is interested in Jamaica, African Studies, and the British anti-slavery movement in the eighteenth century. More specifically, the article has relevance for anyone who is interested in the Gold Coast Diaspora, Tacky’s Revolt, and Edward Long. This essay began two years ago, in the fall of 2016, as a research paper for an article-writing seminar at UC Davis. After two years of intensive researching, re-thinking, writing, and editing, I am pleased to be able to share it with you. I want to thank everyone who helped me make the essay possible, including numerous readers, editors, and colleagues.  Finally, I would also like to thank all of the scholars whose work I built upon.

Thanks. If the article interests you, please reach out and let me know.

Enjoy!

Link to “The origins of a source” in Slavery & Abolition

Download a PDF version of “The origins of a source” here

Research at the West Indiana and Special Collections Division of UWI’s Alma Jordan Library in Trinidad

Dear readers,

After attending the 50th Association of Caribbean Historians conference in Barbados last June, I flew to Trinidad to conduct some research for my dissertation. I studied at the West Indiana and Special Collections Division of the Alma Jordan Library (AJL) at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). I had such an incredible time working with the AJL staff, and they were kind enough to write up a profile on my research for their Facebook page. I posted the link to their page below, and I also posted the profile in both PDF and PPT. Overall, researching at the AJL was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend doing work there if you have the opportunity. In addition to housing great archival material on the early-modern era, the AJL is a premier location for the study of twentieth-century West Indian history. They have, for example, the private papers of such luminaries as Samuel Selvon, C.L.R. James, and Derek Walcott. In addition to housing the papers of Eric Williams, the library maintains an exceptional museum dedicated to his work and legacy on the second floor.

Profile on the AJL Facebook page

Distinguished Visitors Profile in PDF

Distinguished Visitors Profile in PowerPoint

 

Introducing “HIS 115A: West African History. The History and Memory of the Transatlantic Slave Trade”

Dear readers,

I am thrilled to announce that over the summer I was approved to teach my new course at UC Davis this coming Winter Quarter. The course is officially designated as “HIS 115A: West African History.” It is a special topics course about “The History and Memory of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.” I could not be more excited to teach this course. This was the class that I designed during Fall Quarter, 2017, to satisfy requirements for my minor field in the PhD program here at Davis. I have amended the syllabus a bit because the original design was for a semester-long course and Davis only teaches in quarters. However, as of yesterday, the syllabus for the course is complete. I am sure that I will be making changes over the next couple of months but, nonetheless, I wanted to share the syllabus with you today. I have attached it below in PDF, along with a separate “Lab Schedule.” This shows the primary sources that I am considering assigning for our weekly lab exercises. If you or anyone you know are a UC Davis student and might be interested in taking the course, please sign up! Or if you are a student of African History who wants to offer some advice or criticism, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am always looking for ways to improve my classes and give my students the best experience possible. Finally, I have also used a copy of the course flier as the image for this post. I hope you like it. Enjoy!

HIS 115A Syllabus

HIS 115A Lab Schedule

HIS 115A Flier

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