About Lisa Randle

Lisa is the Education Outreach Coordinator for Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the Site Coordinator for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston. Lisa is currently working on a PhD in historic archaeology at the University of South Carolina.

Yale’s Beinecke Library Acquires Papers of British Planter in Jamaica

Yale University’s Beinecke Library announces the recent acquisition of the archive of Thomas Thistlewood, eighteenth-century British planter in Jamaica.   Spanning more than thirty-five years, from before Thistlewood’s arrival in Jamaica in 1750 through his death in 1786, the archive comprises some 92 volumes of diaries and notebooks. 

The archive has already been the subject of several important recent works by scholars including James Walvin, Trevor Burnard, Douglas Hall, and Michael Chenoweth.    The collection adds to the Beinecke’s already extensive manuscript and archival holdings for early modern British history and materials relating to slavery and abolition, and will prove an invaluable resource for scholarship in the Atlantic World, the Caribbean, African Diaspora Studies, cultures of empire, and British and European history.

Once catalogued, the collection will be open for research. For more information contact Kathryn James at kathryn.james@yale.edu.

SC State University 1890 Research & Extension Program

SC State University 1890 Research & Extension is among several organizations and businesses to join the City of Charleston in its efforts to revitalize the area where the former Cooper River bridges once touched down, near Cooper and Meeting streets. The 1890 Program has plans to develop an outreach community center, where extension educators will offer GED classes, nutrition education, youth-oriented programs, agriculture-related workshops and other programs and services relevant to the community needs. Development of the center will further enhance the existing services and programs that 1890 Extension provides to businesses, families and individuals in Charleston. Report of the community center was published Aug. 30 in the Charleston Post and Courier’s “Bridge-area makeover in slow lane: College plans community outreach center.”

The 1890 Research & Extension Program will provide updates on the development of the center as they become available.

Preserving area’s civil rights sites

Before Charleston’s civil-rights-era leaders get older and pass on, a group of preservationists are hoping to identify sites of their most important work and mark it for all to see. But that’s just the first order of business for the newly created Charleston African American Preservation Alliance.

For more on this story, http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/aug/28/preserving-areas-civil-rights-sites/#comments

CFP: 2012 Southern Historical Association

CfP: 2012 Southern Historical Association — Reminder with Revised Submission Deadline (9/15)

The Program Committee for the 2012 conference of the Southern Historical Association invites proposals on all topics related to the history of the American South from its pre-colonial era to today. In addition, for the 2012 meeting in Mobile, it extends a special welcome to proposals relating to:

 * Mobile and the Gulf South (including its relation to the Caribbean and N. American interior)

* International, transnational, or comparative approaches to the American South

* 2012 as an anniversary of major historical events, publications, etc. (For example: War of 1812, Civil War 1862, Election of Woodrow Wilson 1912; Equal Rights Amendment 1972-1982. Or, the historical context for the 2012 Presidential Election and the American South).

The Program Committee accepts proposals for single papers but encourages session proposals that include two or three papers.

According to SHA policy, no one who appeared on the previous two programs, those at Charlotte and Baltimore, can be part of the program in Mobile. No two people from the same institution can be on the same session.

NOTE: New Policy regarding composition of proposals for the 2012 Program: Those submitting proposals should include suggestions of people who would be appropriate as commentators/chairs but not issue invitations. The Program Committee will select and invite a chair and usually two commentators.

DEADLINE: The deadline for proposals this year is September 15, 2011.

All 2012 proposals must be submitted online: http://www.uga.edu/sha/meeting/index.htm

If you are interested in submitting a session for the Latin American and Caribbean Section, please visit their web site: http://ww2.tnstate.edu/lacs/

2012 Program Committee Co-Chairs: Don Doyle and Marjorie Spruill, University of South Carolina don.doyle@sc.edu marjorie.spruill@sc.edu

Inhuman Bondage: On Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights

Review of Robin Blackburn, The American Crucible: Slavery,
Emancipation and Human Rights

By Eric Foner
The Nation
August 10, 2011


This past spring, television viewers in Britain were treated to a six-part series called Civilization about the rise (and possible fall, if China has its way) of the West, hosted by the historian Niall Ferguson. One episode explored why after independence, the United States forged ahead economically while the nations of Latin America stagnated. In an unusual twist, Ferguson chose South Carolina, a state governed by a tight-knit planter oligarchy, as a model of Jeffersonian democracy resting on small property ownership, in contrast to the autocratic societies south of the border organized around large latifundia. Only after forty-five minutes of the one-hour show did Ferguson mention the existence of slaves-the majority of South Carolina’s population. When slavery was finally discussed, it was presented not as a crucial structural feature of early American society but as a moral dilemma, an “original sin” expiated by the election of Barack Obama.

Historians Work to Preserve Slave Castle in Sierra Leone

SOURCE: Catholic Online (8-8-11)

Wealthy anonymous donors in the United States, a group of historians, archaeologists and concerned citizens are working to preserve what’s left of the infamous slave castle on Bunce Island near Sierra Leone in Africa. The area is a crucial site in remembering America’s slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Philanthropists now want to build a museum that explores the island’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.


In Search of Emancipation: Illegal Slave Trade and Return to Africa

From the city wharves the topmasts of the steam frigate U.S.S. Niagara were barely visible beyond Morris Island. The ship had anchored in rough seas to await the Africans.

Named for the majestic waterfall and just back from the successful laying of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable, the U.S.S. Niagara drew the curious who ventured out for a closer look at the vessel and her crew of more than 300 sailors and marines.

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