Daily Archives: April 28, 2022

Abolition and Empire in Sierra Leone and Liberia (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies): B. Everill

Bronwen Everill offers a new perspective on African global history, applying a comparative approach to freed slave settlers in Sierra Leone and Liberia to understand their role in the anti-slavery colonization movements of Britain and America.

Bronwen Everill is Assistant Professor of Global History at Warwick University, UK. She completed her PhD at King’s College London and held a research fellowship at Oxford University. Her teaching and research focus on the history of imperial humanitarianism in Africa.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Palgrave Macmillan; 2013th edition (December 15, 2012)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover‏ : ‎ 243 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 113702867X
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-1137028679
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.12 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches

Pence Said ‘Six Of The Most Chilling Words’ In U.S. History On Jan. 6 Says Raskin

MSNBC – Apr 25, 2022

Rep. Jamie Raskin on Pence refusing to leave the Capitol on Jan. 6: “When I heard that he said, ‘I’m not getting in that car,’ that was utterly chilling to me. Those are six of the most chilling words in American history to me.”

Extreme Weather Is ‘New Normal’ Thanks To Decades Of Climate Inaction

Jul 21 2021

“Extreme temperatures and extreme weather events like this are the new normal—a new normal that has been brought to us by decades of climate inaction,” says Chris Hayes

Vandana Shiva and the Hubris of Messing With Nature

Jul 21 2021

From clearing land for pasture to building dams, humans have long changed the face of the Earth. We are tool users and problem solvers by nature. But what happens when solving one problem — the need for cheap energy, for example — creates another? Pumping carbon into the skies has led to climate chaos; should we now apply more technology to try to get out of the mess we created? Stopping the burning of fossil fuels is imperative if we are to prevent the worst effects of climate change, but it may not be enough. One proposed emergency solution is geoengineering — man-made ways to cool the planet. Physicist, ecologist, and activist Vandana Shiva argues that geoengineering is the ultimate hubris, without democratic control. “Geoengineering is an experiment, not a solution.” But when our house is burning down, does it really make sense to take some options for stopping the conflagration off the table? What if lower-tech solutions like regenerative agriculture aren’t enough?

‘Reading’ ETHICS – The Guardian’s report on Shell’s oil spill & exploitation in the Niger Delta

2018 Dec 21

Reading the Guardian article: Toxic mud swamps fortunes of Niger Delta women years after oil spill. Section: Women’s rights and gender equality https://www.theguardian.com/global-de…

Elon Musk Has Been an “Abusive” Bully on Twitter for Years. Now He Owns It

Apr 26 2022

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, is set to become the new owner of Twitter after the company’s board agreed to sell the influential social media platform for $44 billion on Monday. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” tweeted, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.” We speak with tech industry watchdog Jessica González and Evan “Rabble” Henshaw-Plath, who was part of the team that launched Twitter in 2006, about what the buyout means for the future of digital media and journalism. “Musk or no Musk, Twitter has work to do to ensure that it stops amplifying bigotry, calls to violence, hate speech and conspiracy theories,” says González. Henshaw-Plath says he senses Musk has “no idea what he’s getting into,” and discusses the activist roots of Twitter.

Free After 993 Days: Steven Donziger on Leaving House Arrest & His Fight with Chevron

Apr 26 2022

We speak with human rights and environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who was released Monday from nearly 1,000 days of house arrest as part of a years-long legal ordeal that began after he successfully sued Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian Amazonian Indigenous people. Donziger calls his misdemeanor sentencing and arrest “a retaliation play by Chevron and some of its allies in the judiciary,” meant to intimidate other human rights advocates and lawyers from pursuing environmental justice. “Chevron tried to use me as what I would say is a weapon of mass distraction so people wouldn’t focus on the environmental crimes they commited in Ecuador,” continues Donziger, who says, “I didn’t really understand freedom until it was taken away.”

Earth Week: Ecology and Spirituality: A Roundtable with Harvard Divinity School Students

Jul 1 2021

This informal roundtable features four Harvard Divinity School graduate students coming together to speak about the intersection of ecology and spiritual practice. From providing practical ways to connect with nature in urban spaces and thinking about mindfulness in waste reduction to learning how to pause with tea, they explore how their belief systems engage with the natural world and how that impacts their daily lives.

A racist Harvard scientist took photos of slaves. A purported descendant is suing. – The Washington Post

Tamara Lanier has been hearing about “Papa Renty” since she was a kid, long before Harvard University rediscovered him.

He was her great-great-great-grandfather, the family patriarch, her mother told her. He was born in the Congo River basin, abducted from his home as a young man and enslaved on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in the early 1800s, where other enslaved people called him the “Black African.”

He was brave, teaching himself and others to read and write — illegal for a Black man at the time — and “stubbornly insisted on two things: education and faith in God,” Lanier said in an email interview.

After her mother’s death in 2010, Lanier took a renewed interest in her family’s history, and with the help of a friend, she made an incredible discovery: Renty and his daughter, Delia, had been photographed. In fact, the 1850 daguerreotypes of them are believed to be the first images ever made of enslaved people. Lost for decades, they were found in an attic at Harvard’s Peabody Museum in 1976.

“In addition to the family resemblance, we saw pride and determination” in their faces, Lanier told The Washington Post.

Counties with more Confederate monuments also had more lynchings, study finds

Even so, the circumstances in which they were photographed — as specimens for a racist scientist — made her sick, eventually leading her to sue Harvard in 2019. This week, Massachusetts’s highest court heard arguments in the case.

… (read more).

Sea and Land: An Environmental History of the Caribbean: Philip J. Morgan, John R. McNeill, Matthew Mulcahy, Stuart B. Schwartz

Sea and Land provides an in-depth environmental history of the Caribbean to ca 1850, with a coda that takes the story into the modern era. It explores the mixing, movement, and displacement of peoples and the parallel ecological mixing of animals, plants, microbes from Africa, Europe,
elsewhere in the Americas, and as far away as Asia. It examines first the arrival of Native American to the region and the environmental transformations that followed. It then turns to the even more dramatic changes that accompanied the arrival of Europeans and Africans in the fifteenth century.
Throughout it argues that the constant arrival, dispersal, and mingling of new plants and animals gave rise to a creole ecology. Particular attention is given to the emergence of Black slavery, sugarcane, and the plantation system, an unholy trinity that thoroughly transformed the region’s
demographic and physical landscapes and made the Caribbean a vital site in the creation of the modern western world.

Increased attention to issues concerning natural resources, conservation, epidemiology, and climate have now made the environment and ecology of the Caribbean a central historical concern. Sea and Land is an effort to integrate that research in a new general environmental history of the region.
Intended for scholars and students alike, it aims to foster both a fuller appreciation of the extent to which environmental factors shaped historical developments in the Caribbean, and the extent to which human actions have transformed the biophysical environment of the region over time.

The combined work of eminent authors of environment and Latin American and Caribbean history, Sea and Land offers a unique approach to a region characterized by Edenic nature and paradisiacal qualities, as well as dangers, diseases, and disasters.


“This enticing and coherent volume is environmental history at its best, gracefully moving in scale from microscopic insects to massive global transformations during the last five hundred years. The research is innovative and the writing stellar. Together, the authors illustrate the centrality of
the Caribbean to global phenomena such as slavery and the Atlantic world, ecological exchanges, and pandemics.” — Charles F. Walker, University of California, Davis
“This exceptional work brims with the richness, exuberance, and fragility of the creole ecologies of the Caribbean. Through its focus on the multifarious physical environments of the region and their amalgams of global biota, this volume fills a significant gap in the region’s historiography. It
demonstrates that thinking with the environment is essential for the historical understanding of the Caribbean and the violent worlds of modern colonialism, capitalism, and extractivism that emerged from the region.” — Pablo F. Gómez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

About the Author

Philip D. Morgan is the Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry, among other books.

J.R. McNeill is University Professor at Georgetown University and the author of numerous works, including Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914.

Matthew Mulcahy is Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland, whose work includes Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783.

Stuart B. Schwartz is George Burton Adams Professor of History at Yale University and the author of many books, including Sea of Storms. A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press (May 13, 2022)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 0197555454
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-0197555453
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.11 pounds