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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 146–154.
Published: 01 October 2016
...Anjali Arondekar Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press 2016 What More Remains: Slavery, Sexuality, South Asia AnjaliArondekar What more remains? At stake here is slavery's plangent entanglement with the idea of the archive. As emergent archival forms push against, or even record...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 155–183.
Published: 01 October 2016
...Seth Moglen Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press 2016 Enslaved in the City on a Hill: The Archive ofMoravian Slavery and the Practical Past Seth Moglen Storytelling and the Politics ofthe Archive Historians have long recognized the central political conundrum of the ar­ chive...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 105–116.
Published: 01 October 2016
...Brian Connolly; Marisa Fuentes Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press 2016 Introduction: From Archives of Slavery to Liberated Futures? Brian Connolly and Marisa Fuentes Put differently, how does one rewrite the chronicle ofa death foretold and anticipated, as a collective biography...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 184–207.
Published: 01 October 2016
...Jennifer L. Morgan Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press 2016 Accounting for "The Most Excruciating Torment": Gender, Slavery, and Trans-Atlantic Passages1 JenniferL. Morgan Introduction As early as the sixteenth century, it was not uncommon for slave ships to de­ liver large numbers...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 46–66.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Zach Sell Abstract Historians of the United States have often described slavery as guided by the chattel principle. Yet in Black Reconstruction , W. E. B. Du Bois wrote, “No matter how degraded the factory hand, he is not real estate.” This article builds upon Du Bois’s description of slavery’s...
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Published: 01 October 2020
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 81–107.
Published: 01 April 2024
...Caleb Knapp Abstract This essay revisits a familiar but seldom discussed anecdote of same-sex sexual abuse in the archive of Atlantic slavery: the story of Luke in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). Through a close reading of Luke’s story, the article advances three...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 138–155.
Published: 01 April 2024
... to scholarship that analyzes reproductive racial slavery’s afterlife, particularly how slavery’s matrilineal principle shaped the meaning of Black motherhood in bondage and in freedom. Exploring violent confrontations with empire in moments of profound change, the stories of Catharina and Ruth each offer new...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 174–191.
Published: 01 April 2024
...-stamping this young woman’s Black peers with slavery- and Jim Crow–era tropes, as sexual criminals, bad choice-makers, producers of worthless and expensive children, not citizens. The essay considers the roles played by Roe v. Wade , the availability of contraception, “modern” midwifery services...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 133–145.
Published: 01 October 2016
...David Kazanjian Copyright © 2016 University of Illinois Press 2016 Freedom's Surprise: Two Paths Through Slavery's Archives David Kazanjian Unfortunately I have not discovered a way of deranging the archive so that it might recall the content of a girl's life or reveal a truer picture, nor...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 April 2024
... of the present day. It centers the histories and afterlives of hereditary racial slavery and the radical contestations and refusals of its logics. Overall, it argues that contemporary racial capitalism is always already reproductive. Reproductive labor and the experiences of conception, gestation, parturition...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (1): 4–33.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Abstract This article argues that Freud’s account of binary sexual difference, articulated in the Oedipus complex, is conditioned by a history of racial capitalism. Turning to the foundational work of Hortense Spillers on gender and Atlantic race slavery, this article...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (2): 257–280.
Published: 01 October 2020
...FIGURE 2. Liverpool Slavery Museum. Photograph by the author. ...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 20–49.
Published: 01 April 2024
..., and endures into the present. Racialized (re)productive accumulation exploited she whom Spillers often denotes as “the captive female,” and, also, paradoxically, ungendered her. Ultimately, through examination of the process of ungendering in Atlantic slavery, the essay suggests that Spillers opens up new...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 April 2016
... ofracialcapital, and the ongoingcirculation of slavery's economic value in modes offinance after 1865.Ripped offand dirt poor, flesh bruised and broken, so announced and presented, the figure ofthe ex-slave is deeply familiar to us.This ragged familiarity stokes the fires ofour liberal and even our post-liberal...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 117–132.
Published: 01 October 2016
..., "that Thirteen men & four boys Slaves should attempt to rise upon Seven White Men was it not that it seems they were all out of Irons by ye Master's orders: 2 In the second chapter of Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passagefrom Africa to AmericanDiaspora, I used this report to open a discussion of the slave ship's...
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History of the Present (2018) 8 (2): 117–139.
Published: 01 October 2018
... neverthelessremainsrelativelymarginalas a topicwithin the historiography of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. One reason for this tendency is the ambiguous place of the Iberian empires with regard to various expres­ sions of modernity such as capitalism, possessive individualism, and the state, which are conventionally...
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History of the Present (2018) 8 (2): 140–176.
Published: 01 October 2018
... some 5,500 miles away in Boonville, Missouri.1 Upon arriving in what was then the major city of the primary region of slavery in the state, he declared: 'Tm a conjure man and I'm telling you right now that I've come here to stay and there's a new day coming for this town: 2 Nightingale became a widely...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 208–215.
Published: 01 October 2016
... challenge: the future anterior or the past conditional? Howbest to convey the lived experience ofthe multiple durees ofunfreedom?5 The temporal entanglement ofmy life with theirs was essential to myunderstanding ofwhat was required to write a history ofthe present. The afterlife of slavery was defined bythe...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): i–iv.
Published: 01 October 2016
... to: editors@historyofthepresent.org. VOLUME SIX, NUMBER TWO, FALL 2016 History ofthe Present Introduction: From Archives of Slavery to Liberated Futures? Brian Connolly and Marisa Fuentes 105 The Politics of the Archive and History's Accountability to the Enslaved Stephanie E. Smallwood 117 Freedom's Surprise...