Not reinventing the wheel, Part Deux. With pictures! Friday, Aug 30 2013 

So I have a tentative interview scheduled for the history chair at a local high school which, coincidentally enough, I substitute taught at a few years back.  Well, considering the size of the town maybe it’s not that coincidental.  But either way.  Progress!  I will be interviewing my contact about how the Triangle Trade is incorporated into local curricula, if it is, if state intervention in the curricula led to any changes in how the Triangle Trade is taught, how he might advocate alternative ways of teaching about the Trade, etc.  Fun times.  Hopefully this will inform, at least in part, the museum education part of my dissertation.  In the meantime, a blast from a few weeks past, below the fold. (more…)

The Significance of the Underground Railroad Monday, Aug 19 2013 

This summer in Western Massachusetts I’ve noticed a recurring theme while discussing my research.  No sooner do I parrot my elevator speech (“I focus on memories of the African-American slave trade and how they are embedded in roles, rituals and aesthetics in Atlantic World sites such as the Caribbean and New England”) than the person I’m talking to immediately says something along the lines of “you know, I just took a tour of this house that was on the Underground Railroad.”

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Whither Horatio Alger? Monday, Aug 23 2010 

You’ve probably gathered by now that a lot of my interest lies in the performance of status Issac Royall and John Brown were gave.  What kind of men were they?  What kind of men did they want to be perceived as?  As an anthropologist ([ahem] in training) those are questions I’m obligated to get to the bottom of.  The trouble is is that the answers are not exactly clear.  They probably weren’t even clear to Royall and Brown.

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A summary of textual evidence. Friday, Aug 6 2010 

For slaves, that is.  I have, comparatively speaking, ample information regarding the Royalls, the Browns and quite a few folks on Tory Row.  The scant about I have on enslaved Africans, on the other hand, serves only to tantalize.

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