Callie House, racial austerity, and the “fluidity of movement” in African American Action

Mary Frances Berry’s My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations recounts an early struggle for reparations and collective acceptance of individual freedoms in … Read More

Walter Benjamin, Byung-Chul Han, and Degrees of Freedom in the Law in Antebellum Charleston, SC

Walter Benjamin, in his essay, “Critique of Violence,” argues that laws function as violence to protect those in power, stating, “[l]awmaking is power making and, to that extent, an immediate … Read More

Sexual Exploitation and Family Relations in Slave Narratives

In the narratives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and many others, the family unit under slavery is torn apart as slaveholders methodically take advantage of the sense of alienation that … Read More