September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hi friends!

This post is another attempt at last week’s assignment, which I was having some difficulty getting up on the blog. Just to reiterate somethings I mentioned in class, over the course of the last week I dove into two different types of sources on Oskicat: New Deal housing reform and methodologies of migration history. My idea behind trying out approaching Richmond housing from these avenues is that they would provide some context and give me an idea of the way these stories have been told in the past, within the framework of understanding people who moved to Richmond as part of a mass migration and lived in housing whose destiny was shaped by residual New Deal policy. Even as I type this, I am adding tons of qualifying factors to these ideas, but, nevertheless, it has been proving fruitful to at least start here. I found a few good books including “Debtor Nation: the History of America in Red Ink” which I plan on exploring more as well as just simply starting with Henry Louis Gates history of African Americans in the US. This narrative, I imagine, probably includes the pattern of black people moving from the South to places across America to pursue a better life.

Also, I’m sure you guys have done this, but another great way to find good books is mining the footnotes of a monograph on your topic. Especially those footnotes and references which appear in the introduction, as the author contends and places his or herself in his field of scholarly discussion.

See you all next Wednesday!


Britain’s Hand in New World Slavery- A look at a piece in the “English Historical Review”

September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I started off searching this week  for documents that related to the middle passage in some form. I first searched OskiCat and Melvyl with the keyword ‘middle passage’. To my surprise, some relatively good articles and books showed up, a few of which had slight leanings to the European involvement in the Atlantic Slave trade. So after scanning through the first five pages of results, I plugged in the keyword search ‘Slavery in the British Leeward Islands’, lo and behold, this gave me just the work I was looking for.  
This week I was able to find an article that was essentially a review of a previous work, titled “Review of Slave Society in the British Leeward Islands at the End of the Eighteenth Century”, this short article outlined what a Professor Goveia had thoroughly discussed in her book. The glimmering gold in this article was its last lines, referencing the necessity for British parliament to determine if slavery would continue in the colonies, and if they could be persuaded to care. This is exactly the path I was hoping to go, and this article just seemed to light a candle down my path. Now I’m searching for further evidence to support my initial question, was it up to Britain to stop slavery in the colonies, before it became the U.S.?

Ala’ Khan- Exploring Online Databases

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Going over online databases last week in class was very helpful.  I usually have a hard time navigating the online resources- knowing where to look and how to narrow down my searches.  I was excited about the resources I found primarily using Melvyl (especially after going through the 8 secondary source books I got in Moffitt and Main Stacks and discovering only a few of them were relevant to my topic).  I was intrigued by, “The Jihad of 1831-1832: The Misunderstood Baptist Rebellion in Jamaica“.  Although I didn’t particularly like the article itself I was happy to find something on the subject, as I am interested in how West African Muslim slaves were motived by their religious beliefs to resist enslavement and preserve their religion.  I know this is a new field of interest for historians and there is very little material on this subject.  The most interesting article I fond was “Remembering Kojo: History, Music, and Gender in the January Sixth Celebration of the Jamaican Accompong Maroons” which is about the January Sixth celebration of the Maroons of Accompong’s victory over the British. Accompong is a Maroon community in the remote mountainous region of the Cockpit Country in Jamaica.  The article focused on the celebration of January Sixth, particularly around music and singing, which I found fascinating because I am most interested in social and cultural history.  The article did also tie the roots of the celebration to the modern day practices.  I had not previously considered taking my research beyond the 19th century.


Kellie Hall internet resources

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

I searched through melvyl and the online archive of California. When I searched the online archives of California, it had at least 4 resources which seemed really relevant to my topic. They also each included a detailed list of what was in the collection of papers. The Louis Paul Lochner collection at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. There are eyewitness accounts of the camps that held expellees, as well as the American occupying forces efforts denazification,and the US military government’s dealings with Communists. I really hope this will be a helpful resource.

I also found an article in Melvyl that was interesting. It was called Citizens in Name Only: The National Status of German Expellees, 1945-1953. The US government claimed that the stability of Germany could only be achieved with the successful integration of the expellees. They stated that this needed to happen in order to prevent their radicalization. It is interesting to see how the US government was very concerned with their political radicalization, not particularly their material conditions.

Journey to Banana Land (formerly known as Guatemala….)

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Internet Resources

September 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

I decided to focus my attention on finding a resource that illustrated the perception that the banana fruit company Chiquita was pushing forth in America and how that changed throughout time. While looking for sources I came across these two prints “Bananas take a Bow,” a cookbook produced by the United Fruit Company and the second Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand, which describes how the company has tried align itself with the trend of sustainability. It will be interesting to see how the company catered to the interest of that time AND diverted attention from economic and environmental practices.

Alexis Lazzeri Internet Resources

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

While searching for an online article this week, I found a rather curious one using the database Academic Search Complete. I narrowed down my search to only include those that had been peer reviewed and I found the article titled “The Attitudes towards Prostitution Scale.” This article was printed in June 2009 in The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. This article explores a study done of what beliefs and attitudes that men who purchase sex carry towards prostitutes. I believe this source will be helpful in gaining a better understanding of the ways in which social ideologies and representations of women affects both johns and prostitutes and eventually legislation. 

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