During my student teaching I took an independent study with Professor Bogues, the Chair of the Africana Studies Department. We met weekly to discuss various readings from ninteenth century travel literature, focusing especially on ways in which the imperial metropole sought to narrate the conolized periphery. After studying British authors such as Anthony Trollope, Matthew Lewis, Maria Nugent, and Joseph Sturge, we turned to examine a different kind of transatlantic connection. By reading American abolitionists James Thome and J. Horace Kimball's report on the transition from slavery in the British Caribbean, we investigated the ways in which ostensibly humanitarian reform discourse may have come to define a specific and coercive vision of freedom that came to oppress free Black people in post-slavery society.
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