Friday, February 14, 2014
A related article about Afro-Brazilians being the majority population in Brazil here:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Slaves on a cotton plantation in the pre-Civil War south, circa early 19th Century|
After being purchased from a slave auction, an event that in its own right was a human atrocity, a given slave would be brought back to the plantation for work. While most of us have a vague idea of plantation life (the work, the subhuman living conditions, the whippings), few have actually had the details spelled out for them. I know that I haven't in a while. So, in this post we briefly explore life on a plantation. Note: I'll be irresponsibly averaging over at least two hundred years of the slave experience. All my references will, of course, be at the bottom of the page. Let's go!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
|Illustration of plantation slavery |
in the Canary Islands
We've looked at the slave ships that brought Africans to the New World, but what were they brought here for? In order to begin to answer this question, I put on my "I Can Learn Anything with Google" hat and look briefly at what necessitated American slavery. The focus here is slavery in the U.S. and the colonies that would be come the U.S., where an estimated 253,000 slaves were shipped. Seeing as how American slavery (1619 - 1865) existed for longer than our nation has actually been a nation (246 years vs. 238 years), I'm going to do this in parts. Let's skip back to the early 1600s to examine Slavery - The Early Days. Spoiler Alert: native Americans get hit first, and the life of an African was very, very cheap.
Note: My apologies to anyone that I may offend with my smart assery and occasional silliness. This whole topic is a pot full of painful stuff and humor is how I cope. If you're still reading, bear with me.
Monday, February 3, 2014
|Horizontal cross section of a slave ship. Slaves stacked up against one another like boxes|
or cattle. The notion of the slave as property starts here and reverberates throughout
the history of the American negro.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
This is going to be one of my shorter posts...
I've been really interested in money lately. Namely, how to keep it from flowing forth from my pockets, and even how to make it grow on its own. This, along with discussions of money amongst other grad students in my department, led me to create a PowerPoint presentation (available after next month) giving a basic overview of things like budgeting, debt, and investing.