Douglas C. North’s Economic History of the United States-Notes

Douglas C. North’s The Economic Growth of the United States: 1790-1860 takes on the complex interpretive task of synthesizing historic economic data into an intelligible history of America’s economic growth during the period under investigation. The study “is based on the proposition that United States growth was the evolution of a market economy where the … Continue reading Douglas C. North’s Economic History of the United States-Notes

Notes on Schermerhorn’s “Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism”

Calvin Schermerhorn’s The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism “details the interstate United States slave trade at the level of the firm.”[1] Schermerhorn investigates slave traders who were business insiders as well as merchants using financial processes that characterized raw ambition. The monetary flows influencing the roots of American capitalism through these … Continue reading Notes on Schermerhorn’s “Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism”

A Speculative Diary of Alice Jones Rhinelander #race #passing

1934, Winter Dear Diary, How strange society is! Even stranger this thing called courting. I was once so hotly pursued now left cold and forgotten. It is not easy to accept especially when he had been so ardent before. He is now completely altered and gone away. After the court case I decided to think … Continue reading A Speculative Diary of Alice Jones Rhinelander #race #passing

Musings on Victorian Double Standards

Bending down to pick up ten dollars which dropped from her hand, she felt a jolt to her bottom-someone had kicked her. She looked up only to see that the violator had run off laughing at her. His laughter was a physical response to his amusement- her body bent over and her choice of life. … Continue reading Musings on Victorian Double Standards

Notes on Joyce Appleby’s “Relentless Revolution”

  Joyce Appleby’s “Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism” “explores the benchmarks of capitalism’s ascent through analyzing the capitalist system as it relates to practices, thoughts, values, and ideals present in the political formation of western society." Appleby’s conception of charting the evolution of capitalism as it is observed today is through the lens of … Continue reading Notes on Joyce Appleby’s “Relentless Revolution”

“1696 Danckerts Map of Florida, the West Indies, and the Caribbean” #HGIS #georeference #Mexico

The reason this map captured my attention is because it showed Mexico as it was rendered by colonial geographers. Interestingly enough my focus on the map was less concerned with the hegemonic recasting of these landscapes deployed by Spanish conquistadors. My interest was in Malintzin, the enslaved Indigenous woman who was sold to Hernan Cortes, … Continue reading “1696 Danckerts Map of Florida, the West Indies, and the Caribbean” #HGIS #georeference #Mexico