PODCAST: Black Women, Slavery, and Freedom (Africa Past and Present 131)

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Episode 131 of Africa Past and Present -- the podcast about African history, culture, and politics -- is now available at http://afripod.aodl.org, on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere.

In this episode, historian Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins University) discusses her award-winning new book, Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World. The conversation brings out how Black women in Senegambia, the Caribbean, and Louisiana devised ways to gain control over parts of their lives and defined freedom for themselves in the age of slavery and the slave trade. The interview closes with Dr. Johnson’s thoughts on LifexCode: Digital Humanities Against Enclosure, which she directs, and on the critical role of ethical collaborative work in scholarly endeavors.

Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and co-produced by Matrix -- the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences -- and the Department of History at Michigan State University.