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The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition - Frederick Douglass; Edited by AAAS Professor John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, and John R. McKivigan

The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition - Frederick Douglass; Edited by AAAS Professor John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, and John R. McKivigan

March 16, 2015

First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washington, who, along with eighteen others, took control of the slave ship Creole in November 1841 and sailed it to Nassau in the British colony of the Bahamas, where they could live free.

Workshop on African History and Economics Launched through Hutchins Center

Workshop on African History and Economics Launched through Hutchins Center

January 20, 2015

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research has launched the Workshop on African History and Economics (WAHE) with Directors Emmanuel Akyeampong, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, and Nathan Nunn, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.  WAHE "brings together two recent academic trends in a forensic examination of African economies in historical perspective:  the development of the 'New Economic History' with its tendency for comparative studies of regional economic performance; and a new emphasis on longue durée studies in African …

Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

August 28, 2014

Jamaica Kincaid is a winner of the 35th Annual American Book Award for her most recent novel “See Now Then”.  As the Before Columbus Foundation notes, "The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions."