Projects in Progress
Empire of God, Land of Gold:
A Story of The Early Modern Gold Rush and Global Empire
Empire of God, Land of Gold: A Story of The Early Modern Gold Rush and Global Empire. Status: writing.
Empire of God, Land of Gold is at once about the gold famine and gold rush that brought Christian Europe to West Africa in the fifteenth century and the divergent paths each region took, but it is also about the irreversible consequences of their encounters and contests in ushering in the age of maritime empire buoyed by West African gold, the transoceanic movement of goods and people, and the transformation or ruin of countless societies on the Atlantic and Indian ocean sides of Africa.
Slaving, Religion, and Racial Ideology in Making the “Modern” World
Slaving, Religion, and Racial Ideology in Making the “Modern” World. Status: draft chapters requiring further revisions.
This book will contribute to major debates in African, Atlantic, and world history concerning the Iberian origin of transatlantic commerce, the place of religious and racial ideology in transoceanic slaving and in the making of “Atlantic” societies, and how African gold, captives, and a network of ideas about Africa(ns) became foundational in the creation of the “modern” world.
Africa’s Gold Coast through Portuguese Sources, 1471-1671
Africa’s Gold Coast through Portuguese Sources, 1471-1671. Status: draft manuscript completed, awaiting revisions; under contract with the British Academy, Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series – Sources of African History.
Originally planned as a two volume set, this now large, one volume will provide the most comprehensive set of documents in English translation for the African history of the Mina/Gold Coast, but also for the history of Portugal and its global empire and the formation of the so-called Atlantic world. The volumes will feature over 200 translated documents drawn from António Brásio's 22 volumes of transcribed Portuguese materials and from newly discovered archival sources.
Other projects at various stages
A People's History of Jamaica | The Transatlantic Slaving Diet | The Story of the African Peoples
Select Book Chapters and Articles
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“From Africa to the Americas” and “Transatlantic Slaving (Diet) and Implications for Health in the African Diaspora,” in Legacy of the Crossing: Life, Death and Triumph among Descendants of the World's Largest Forced Migration, ed. Thomas A. LaVeist (New York: Diasporic Africa Press, 2017).
“Accessing the Archives: Sources, Subjects, and Subjugation in the African World,” in Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing, eds. Benjamin Talton and Quincy Mills (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)