Monthly Archives: March 2017


The Value of Enslaved Bodies: A Short Review of The Price for the Their Pound of Flesh

Women History Month is still here and I avidly read during the weekend the new book The Price for the Their Pound of Flesh by historian Daina Ramey Berry. It is difficult to write about this book, because over its 200 pages and additional 40 pages or more of endnotes, the reader is exposed to a […]


Slave by Another Name ? Or How Evil is to Use the Term “Slave”

For long time now we have had this discussion on the use of the word “slave” and “enslaved” to refer to men, women, and children who had the legal status of slave or slaves. It has been argued that the use of the term “slave” is offensive because being a slave is a state and […]


Quick Notes on Why Queen Njinga Matters

This is not an elaborate review, but to honor Women’s History Month, let me tell you why you should read Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen, a biography just published by Africanist historian Linda M. Heywood. This book is the first scholarly biography of Queen Njinga (1582-1663), of one of the most controversial female figures in the history of Africa and the Atlantic […]


The problem of using the term “mistress” to refer to enslaved women

The issue regarding the status of enslaved women as “mistress” is generating discussion on social media, this time because of a tweet by a Washington Post‘s journalist Krissah Thompson on her article highlighting the new findings on Sally Hemings at Monticello. In that tweet, Thompson referred to Hemings as the “mistress” of Thomas Jefferson, and the discussion resulted into a recent Teen Vogue article explaining […]