Don Longo, A Historian Against the Current: The Life and Work of Austin Gough. Mile End, SA: Wakefield Press, 2021.

Doug Munro, History Wars: The Peter Ryan – Manning Clark Controversy. Canberra: ANU Press, 2021. Available as a free download:

With history wars heating up again in many countries, particularly where histories of race, racism, and colonialism are concerned, it seemed like a good time to check in with some biographers who have studied historians in a history wars setting. As luck would have it, biographers Doug Munro and Don Longo

Introducing the LEGACIES blog

R. Isabela Morales (she/her) Blog Post

Dear H-Slavery Members,

I am excited to introduce Legacies, H-Slavery's new blog on slavery and public history. More than 400 years after a slave ship brought the first enslaved Africans to colonial Virginia in 1619, more than 155 years after slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865, the history of slavery -- and how it is remembered in the public imagination -- remains a subject of controversy and contention, a flashpoint in ongoing culture wars. Sharing research about slavery and exploring innovative ways that scholars present their work to the public is as relevant and important as


David Prior Blog Post

Dear H-CivWar Subscribers, 

Welcome to the H-CivWar Authors' Blog! In the coming days and weeks our contributors will be introducing themselves and their projects. From there, we'll be taking turns unpacking our current research and writing, all with the hope of working through our ideas and tapping into feedback from H-CivWar's extensive and diverse scholarly community. If you think you might want to become a contributor or write a guest post down the road, please feel welcomed to drop me ( and Niels ( a quick email. 

Best wishes, 

David Prior

All Together Now: Haitian Studies at the 2019 AHA and MLA Annual Conventions


Claire Antone Payton, University of Virginia

Robert D. Taber, Fayetteville State University


The annual conventions of the American Historical Association and the Modern Languages Association were both held in Chicago, IL on January 3-6, 2019. This fortuitous coincidence provided the occasion for interdisciplinary collaboration between members of the two scholarly organizations. The result was a unique series of joint AHA/MLA panels on colonial Saint-Domingue and Haiti, topics of scholarly inquiry that thrive on

Forum on The Common Wind: In Honor of Julius S. Scott

Marlene Daut Blog Post

Forum on The Common Wind
In Honor of Julius S. Scott


(Image courtesy of Elizabeth A. Fenn, private collection of Peter H. Wood)

This forum is a celebration of the long-awaited publication of Julius S. Scott’s The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution by Verso Press in November 2018. In these short contributions, which have been written by scholars at various stages in their careers, and whose works have influenced or been influenced by Scott's own, we glimpse the historiographic revolution sparked by his landmark 1986 dissertation. However

Mapping Early Haitian History by Paul CLAMMER

Marlene Daut Blog Post

Mapping Early Haitian History

By Paul Clammer

In 2016 I was in Cap-Haïtien, working on an update for my guidebook to Haiti. Mapping is a key part of writing travel guides, and I spend a lot of time physically locating places and dropping pins on Google Maps. My first visit to Cap-Haïtien as a travel writer was in 2007, so it's a familiar city to navigate, a fact made even easier since its streets still retain the grid system laid down by French invaders in the late 17th century.

On this visit to Cap-Haïtien, however, I had a second motive. I am currently doing research for a biography of the

Tips for Avoiding “Voluntourism” in Haiti Statement from the Institute of Haitian Studies on Hurricane Matthew

Cécile Accilien, Ph.D. Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies - University of Kansas


Just 6 years after the January 12, 2010 deadly earthquake from which Haiti is still recuperating, a category 4 hurricane hit the southwestern region killing close to 1000 people (current estimates as of 10/10/2016) and destroying over 80% of towns like Les Cayes, and Jérémie and surrounding villages ( ).


Many people want to reach out and have

The Hazards of Concealed Firearms on Campus

Shawn Leigh Alexander Blog Post

The Hazards of Concealed Firearms on Campus:

A Statement by the KU Department of African and African-American Studies

Between 2013 and 2014, at least thirty-three states introduced legislation to allow concealed firearms at their institutions of higher education.  At least eight states currently have some form of concealed-carry law in effect on college and university campuses.  Kansas will join these ranks in the fall of 2017, when postsecondary schools in the Regents system are set to lose their exemption from state legislation permitting concealed firearms in all public places.  Needless to

Everything to Lose

Shawn Leigh Alexander Blog Post

Everything to Lose

Shawn Leigh Alexander, Department of African and African American Studies - University of Kansas

Author of W. E. B. Du Bois: An American Intellectual and Activist and An Army of Lions: The Civil Rights Stuggle before the NAACP 

This past week in the campaign for the American presidency we once again witnessed an attempt by the Republican party nominee to hit the proverbial reset button.  Different from his previous attempts, we saw a concerted effort to “appeal” to the black vote by the Nixonesque “law and order” candidate. For the second time in a week, Mr. Donald Trump spoke

The Slave’s Cause and Abolition’s Presence

Shawn Leigh Alexander Blog Post

The Slave’s Cause and Abolition’s Presence

Julia Bernier, PhD Candidate - W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst


In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder, the world has witnessed the tremendous growth of a new movement for Black liberation. The Black Lives Matter movement has advanced crucial ideas about not only the structural violences of white supremacy and systemic racism that attempt to govern Black life, but has also worked to imagine and construct new meanings for, and within, the traditions of liberation, revolution, and abolition. Alicia