Wednesday, April 24, 2002
: . For the Comparative Slavery folks, supplemental readings for next week's discussion on the Revolutionary Atlantic:
From the North American Slave Narratives project, the full text of four slave narratives from the 18th century:
- Narrative of the Enslavement of Ottobah Cugoano,
a Native of Africa; Published by Himself in the Year 1787
- The Interesting Narrative of the Life of
Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself Vol. I. and Vol. II.
- A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as Related by Himself
- A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings, and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro Man, -- Servant to General Winslow, of Marshfield, in New-England; Who Returned to Boston, After Having Been Absent Almost Thirteen Years. Containing an Account of the Many Hardships He Underwent from the Time He Left His Master's House, in the Year 1747, to the Time of His Return to Boston. -- How He Was Cast Away in the Capes of Florida; -- The Horrid Cruelty and Inhuman Barbarity of the Indians in Murdering the Whole Ship's Crew; --The Manner of His Being Carry'd by Them Into Captivity. Also, an Account of His Being Confined Four Years and Seven Months in a Close Dungeon, -- and the Remarkable Manner in Which He Met with His Good Old Master in London; Who Returned to New-England, a Passenger in the Same Ship.
Reviews of The Many-Headed Hydra, mostly from non-academic publications, by the following historians:
- Robin Blackburn, in the Boston Review
- Ira Berlin, in the Washington Post Book World
- David Armitage, in Reviews in American History
- James Walvin, in the Times Higher Education Supplement
- Stephen Howe, in the New Statesman
Reviews of related readings:
- E. P. Thompson on Marcus Rediker's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo American Maritime World, 1700-1750
- Robin D.G. Kelley on Peter Linebaugh's The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century
- Eric Lott on Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic: Modernity and the Double Consciousness
- Caryl Phillips on Jeffrey Bolster's Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail
- Peter Kolchin on Robin Blackburn's The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800
- Christopher Hitchens on Robin Blackburn's The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery: 1776-1848
I've also put a copy, on reserve, of the David Brion Davis v. Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker spat published in the New York Review of Books. I've inserted it in the folder containing the "Slavery, Work, and Modernity" (that, um, brilliant essay).
Finally Robin D.G. Kelley's But a Local Phase of a World Problem: Black History's Global Vision, 1883-1950.
There may be typographical errors. Enjoy.