Tag Archives: academia

Link: Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy

20 Aug

AMAZING TOOL REPORT, which I found by googling something I figured wouldn’t return any useful results, and then I found EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED. Oh, Internet, I love you so much. Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1718-1820, an incredible database. From the introduction:

In 1984, a professor at Rutgers University stumbled upon a trove of historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over the next 15 years, Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a noted New Orleans writer and historian, painstakingly uncovered the background of 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries making fortunes for their owners.

Poring through documents from all over Louisiana, as well as archives in France, Spain and Texas, Dr. Hall designed and created a database into which she recorded and calculated the information she obtained from these documents about African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid by slave owners, and slaves’ testimony and emancipations. In March 2000, the Louisiana State University Press published published Dr. Hall’s databases on a CD-ROM.

Internet. Historians. Why so amazing. This is a stunningly useful tool, not only for the depth and breadth of information (French and Spanish slave records, the site explains, were generally much more detailed than English) but also because it’s completely intuitive to use.

Things that leave a bad taste in my mouth, Part 1 of ???

16 Feb

So obviously interaction with other blogs is helpful in ~getting off the ground~. Unfortunately, searching Technorati for history-themed blogs proves difficult. This is tragic. I was desperate enough to just type “history” into the search bar and go from there. This was about as effective as you’d guess, but I did find the Yale University Press blog, which has a “History” tag. There was disappointingly little beyond mere titles and blurbs about books, but even that was sufficiently intriguing for me to go “Hmm” and start clicking on some titles, including: Europe Between The Oceans, by Barry Cunliffe. It’s written by an archaeologist! It’s about ancient history, which I am intrigued by but have no idea where to start with! Material culture!* Then I hit this:

…[Europe] became one of the most innovative regions on the planet, generating restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade, to explore, and often to settle. By the fifteenth century Europe was a driving world force, but the origins of its success have until now remained obscured in prehistory.

Oh, for fuck’s sake. So…what was around before the fifteenth century, then, innovation- and adventurer-wise? Nothing? All the other continents were just waiting for Europe to do shit? The book itself still sounds like it could be pretty interesting, but lordy-loo, dudes. I…was going to close with “Eurocentric much?” but I guess that’s really kind of the point.

*I am a giant material culture dork. Just to warn you all now.