This essay assesses relevant sources in the account of Ann Clarke’s escape from slavery with a view to examining how the political landscape of the Kansas Territory impeded or facilitated her escape. In identifying the zones of containment, concealment, and wayfinding this paper will illuminate how enslaved freedom seekers and their abolitionist allies circumvented the punitive landscape of Kansas Territory.
The hope? To illuminate how enslaved freedom seekers and their abolitionist allies circumvented the punitive landscapes within the antebellum Great Plains.
For Moses Grandy, his end in telling his story of enslavement was to reveal the horrors of slavery as he experienced it as well as use the proceeds of the sale of his book to purchase his enslaved children’s freedom who had been sold further south into Louisiana from the Virginia/North Carolina border.
Born in 1786 on a farm owned by enslaver William Grandy in Camden County, North Carolina Moses Grandy learned as a child how difficult life was for an enslaved person. Of his early life Grandy writes,
Upon visiting the site I am impressed by its design. It is not cluttered or busy and the layout lends itself to the subject at hand in a manner that signals the gravity of the content contained. A difficult balance for projects dealing with traumatic records.
Very nicely done.
I want to take a minute to give attention to the artwork here before us.
North Charleston Above: The road to Wadmalaw Island. Hwy 171 to 700 A strong oak. Spanish Moss. Bear Bluffs Fish Hatchery on Wadmalaw Island. Me-- taking in the psychic resonances of my Gullah ancestors. Map at Bears Bluff Fish Hatchery. It was an amazing experience to be there. To be where, historically, my ancestors worked … Continue reading Wadmalaw Island, SC: In pictures
I wrote a piece at Watershed Blog on formerly enslaved men and the sea. Featured image is by Lovis Corinth, painted in 1884 Un Othello. Click here
I've recently returned from my research trip to Scotland and it was wonderful. One of the most striking things I saw outside of the beauty of the architecture of Glasgow and Edinburgh was a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Edinburgh. I am always interested in iconography, memory, and transatlantic linkages to freedom and unfreedom. Built … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln in Edinburgh; Markers of Race
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.” 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”
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
Year Colony Latitude Longitude Key Provisions 1635 Barbados 13.19389 -59.5432 Governor declares that all Africans and Indians brought to the island to be considered enslaved unless they have a contract that says otherwise 1641 Massachusetts Bay 42.062868, -71.7184 Legalizes the enslavement of African captives within the colony 1643 Virginia 38.00354 -79.4588 Women of African descent … Continue reading 17th Century Legal Precedents on Race