Outline of Topics

We have created an outline of topics that are likely to appear in posts in BitterSweet. When you submit your contribution, please indicate which topic or topics from this outline are relevant to your post.

BitterSweet is interested in expanding and evolving its topic outline to suit the blog contributions.  If you believe your post fits into a topic that is not included in the outline, please propose it for consideration.

A.  WHEN, WHO, AND WHERE

Era:

  • Colonial (Before 1770s)
  • Slaveholding (1780 -1865)
  • Reconstruction/”Redemption”  (1866 – 1890)
  •  Jim Crow Segregation (1890 – 1955)
  • Civil Rights/Black Power (1955 – 1968)
  • Contemporary (1970- present)

Status :

  • Abolitionists
  • Enslaved People
  • Free People of Color
  • Non-Slaveholding Whites
  • Slave Traders
  • Slaveholders
  • Slavery

Setting:

  • Farms
  • Plantations
  • Towns
  • Cities

Region:

  • Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central/South America
  • Europe
  • North America

B. RELATIONS UNDER SLAVERY

Labor:

  • House Slaves/ Field Slaves
  • Work and the market
  • Pioneering

Intimacy and Family Life:

  • Sex and Concubinage
  • “Nursing” and Parenting
  • “Side”and Linked Families

Beyond Work:

  • Spirituality and Religion
  • Arts and Community Culture

Power:

  • Coercion, Punishment, and      Sale
  • Contention, Sabotage, and      Resistance
  • Cooperation:  Assistance, Support, and Harmony

C.  CONNECTING IN THE PRESENT

The Journey:

  • Research Adventures
  • Discovery and Personal      Reactions
  • Connecting with      Descendants

Legacies:

  • Ancestry
  • Historical Harms

Implications for Action

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