Attempting to not reinvent the wheel. Thursday, Aug 29 2013 

So.  I think I’ve found a way to try and do something other than saying the same thing over and over and over and over.  Interestingly enough, it’s something that makes my project Anthropological rather than Historical.  So, in short, I feel silly not having thought of it before.

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Oh — in case you didn’t get it the first time, we like to blame other people for the slave trade. Tuesday, Aug 20 2013 

One of the dangers of being in academe is that one ends up saying the same thing multiple ways.  I really really don’t want to do that.  So, I’m wondering how to avoid academic narcissism and really get at the issue of historic debt, as well as the way education and the historic narrative conspire to obscure it.

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Slavery in Western MA and New York as container Saturday, Aug 10 2013 

In my last post I discussed projecting slavery in the Northeast onto “undesirable” or “loser” groups by way of containing it.  Or, if you will, in the service of sanitizing the overarching narrative of American history.  During my Masters program at Brandeis I did a lot of research into how slavery in Cambridge (and the overall Boston area) is projected onto loyalists.  Lately I’ve been trying to examine how slavery is contained and where it is projected when we discover that (gasp) patriots either enslaved Africans or were complicit in their enslavement.

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The 1816 Rebellion Wednesday, Nov 9 2011 

In the 1990s a Guyanan-born sculptor by the name of Karl Broodhagen unveiled his memorial to the 1816 slave rebellion (also known as Bussa’s Rebellion): a statue of a slave, crouched and with broken chains hanging from his wrists, in the middle of the JTC Ramsey Roundabout just north of Bridgetown. It was, to put it mildly, a source of controversy. Why might this be?

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How to make a trip to the tropics as depressing as possible. Friday, Oct 21 2011 

So.  Last winter I went to Barbados, thereby being in the sun and sand December and January rather than New England.  How do I spend my time?  Exploring the legacy of enslavement and the dehumanization of an entire race!  Woo-hoo!

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My interview with Dr. G of the Brown Mansion Saturday, Sep 11 2010 

I’m hurring down the hill to the commuter rail and balancing my books, cellphone and sunglasses against one another.  The only time Dr. G and I have to talk before she leaves on vacation is now, 5h15 on a Tuesday.  I have just gotten out of work and am hauling ass to catch the next train back to Cambridge.  I finally find her number and dial, hoping we’ll be able to hear one another over the constant drone of background noise on my end of the line.

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