Re: Research Query: Criminal, Debtor and Religious Sanctuary in Spain

Your question immediately brought to mind the episode in Catalina de Erauso's autobiography, when she seeks sanctuary in a church in La Paz after murdering a man. The following might be a good entry point: Victor M. Uribe-Uran, "Iglesia Me Llamo": Church Asylum and the Law in Spain and Colonial Spanish America," Comparative Studies in Society and History Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr., 2007), pp. 446-472.

Research Query: Criminal, Debtor and Religious Sanctuary in Spain

Dear List,

I am looking for work on religious sanctuary in Spain, for any era but preferably in the early modern period, up to the nineteenth century Desamortizaciones.

By sanctuary, I mean the practice of criminals and others, such as debtors, seeking refuge from legal authorities through recourse to entering religious spaces.

Works in English very much appreciated, but happy to receive spanish language suggestions, whether source texts or current scholarship.

Query: Master Thesis on 'The United States and Eurafrica Project' (1950-1960s)

Dear scholars, 

As I'm currently just starting my master thesis on 'The United States and the Eurafrica Project' (1950-1960s), I'm looking for ideas about US perception of the project ( How was it documented in US publications for example ? Links/correspondences between African American intellectual and African intellectual). Thus, I was wondering if any of you would have useful recommendations for me. Thank you a lot and all the best, 

Margaux Guigal

The Graduate Institute in Geneva. 

Query: Harper Lee's father, Alabama journalism, and international topics ("Afghanistanism") in newspaper editorials

Dear Jhistorians, 

Doug Cumming just sent us a query from an Emory historian writing biography of Harper Lee:


Harper Lee's father was editor of weekly paper in Monroeville, Ala., in the 1930s and 40s, and a lot of his editorials were on international topics. The question is, was that unusual for a paper like that (e.g. small-town weekly, the South, the 30s?)

Seeking sources/expertise on mind-19th century steam vessels


I'm seeking information on small steamships in the mid-19th century to help me make sense of my sources who refer to the difficulty encountered with one at a crucial scene in my work.

Specifically this is a small river steamer something like 35 feet long brought to Alaska in 1865 from, apparently, New York. The sources refer to a type of engine newly patented. 

I hadn't intended for the boat to figure so prominently in the story, but you just never know about these things. So I'd appreciate any insight or source suggestions.


Jeff Johnson

Query: Shirley Tucker, author of _Mississippi From Within_ and a Chicago journalist

I'm seeking any information on Shirley Tucker, author of Mississippi From Within (New York: Arco, 1965). I've read that Tucker was a "Chicago journalist and columnist," but that's all I know. Thanks for any assistance. Please reply to



Trent Brown

Associate Professor of American Studies

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Department of English and Technical Communication

Re: Reconstruction Education

Anderson, James D. The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.

Ballard, Allen B. The Education Of Black Folk: The Afro-American Struggle For Knowledge In White America. Universe, 2004.

Becker, Anja. “From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862-1875. Psychology and Selfhood in the Segregated South.” Reviews in American History 39, no. 1 (March 2011): 127–133.

Bond, Horace Mann. 1935. "The Curriculum and the Negro Child". The Journal of Negro Education. 4, no. 2: 159-168.


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