Dr Kiefer Holland is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. His research into nineteenth-century African American women’s lives and literatures is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.

Book Review: Fugitive Movements Commemorating the Denmark Vesey Affair and Black Radical Antislavery in the Atlantic World

A vitally interesting collection of essays which situate Denmark Vesey and the antislavery rebellion within the current scholarship on abolition that places Black activists at the center of the story. Dr. Holland, however, reviews that the overreaching themes struggle for room against each other within the limited space of a single volume, and many of the essays only able to give a brief insight into their topics due to the limited room available. Continue reading

Book Review: An Intimate Economy by Alexandra J. Finley

Alexandra J. Finley’s new book, An Intimate Economy, examines the vital role that women played in the US economy in the mid-nineteenth century, focusing primarily on enslaved and formerly enslaved African American women. The majority of that examination is done through the personal histories of African American women who were able to use their economic positions, both whilst enslaved and in freedom, to gain some form of power and independence. Continue reading