Tag: Slavery

A Totally Different Form of Living

A Totally Different Form of Living

Justin Hosbey

This article is a critical reflection that explores the histories of water, marronage, and Black placemaking in the southern United States. It uses insights from history, ethnography, and cultural geography to connect the dual histories of racial slavery and environmental degradation in the Tidewater region of Virginia and the Mississippi Delta. This essay argues that, during slavery, swamps, bayous, rivers, and wetlands were geographies in which a fleeting Black commons could be sustained hidden away from the violence of the plantation. These same ecologies are now under extreme duress from coastal subsidence, the petrochemical industry, and climate change. This reflection argues that by charting the meaningful cultural, spiritual, intellectual, and practical insights of Black southern communities, an alternative ecological practice born of maroon imaginaries might be developed that could resist the degradation of these vulnerable southern ecologies.

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by Jamaal Barber
The Future Belongs to Us

The Future Belongs to Us

William Sturkey, illustrations by Natalie Nelson
Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan (Review)

Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy by Winthrop D. Jordan (Review)

Charles Joyner
A Short History of Redneck: The Fashioning of a Southern White Masculine Identity

A Short History of Redneck: The Fashioning of a Southern White Masculine Identity

Patrick Huber
Aunt Jemima Explained: The Old South, the Absent Mistress, and the Slave in a Box

Aunt Jemima Explained: The Old South, the Absent Mistress, and the Slave in a Box

Maurice M. Manring
Front Porch: Summer 2001

Front Porch: Summer 2001

Harry L. Watson
Race, Sex, and Reputation: Thomas Jefferson and the Sally Hemings Story

Race, Sex, and Reputation: Thomas Jefferson and the Sally Hemings Story

Robert M. S. McDonald
Olmsted’s Cracker Preacher

Olmsted’s Cracker Preacher

Eugene D. Genovese
An Abolitionist in the Appalachian South Ezekiel Birdseye on Slavery, Capitalism, and Separate Statehood in East Tennessee, 1841–1846 by Durwood Dunn (Review)

An Abolitionist in the Appalachian South Ezekiel Birdseye on Slavery, Capitalism, and Separate Statehood in East Tennessee, 1841–1846 by Durwood Dunn (Review)

Noel Fisher
Battlegrounds of Memory by Clay Lewis, and: Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Review)

Battlegrounds of Memory by Clay Lewis, and: Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball (Review)

Fred Hobson
The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina (Review)

The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina (Review)

William Stott