Jane Landers F'16, F'13

Jane  Landers
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor
History
Vanderbilt University

ACLS Digital Extension Grants 2016
Professor
History
Vanderbilt University
Enhancing the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive: A Project to Add Content, Improve Technology, and Strengthen Collaborative Networks

Principal Investigator. Project Team: Cliff Anderson, Paula Covington, Dale Poulter, Kara Schultz and Angela Sutton, Vanderbilt University. This project builds on efforts of an international team of scholars dedicated to the preservation of the oldest records for Africans in the Americas. The Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies Digital Archive is hosted at Vanderbilt University and holds over 500,000 unique images, dating from the 16th-20th centuries. It preserves the history of between four and six million African and Afro-descended individuals and makes possible important new research on African and Afro-descended populations in the Americas. The ACLS Digital Extension Grant will enable the project team to add additional content to the ESSSS archive, enhance its current technology, strengthen collaborative networks of slavery scholars, and share digital preservation expertise with partner institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure.

ACLS Fellowship Program 2013
Professor
History
Vanderbilt University
African Kingdoms, Black Republics, and Free Black Towns across the Iberian Atlantic

This book traces the evolution of maroon communities in the Iberian Atlantic from their earliest forms as African kingdoms through their last vestiges as free black towns. It builds on more than twenty years of archival research and on archaeological investigations of African sites in the Americas. In the sixteenth century, escaped slaves created virtual monarchies in the wild. In the seventeenth centur, Atlantic Creoles represented themselves as a "Republic" analogous to that of Spaniards and Indios. This previously unrecognized political development came when the impracticability of the so-called "Dual Republic" was already obvious. That slave descendants laid successful claim to the civic values associated with a "república y común" facilitated their formation into free black towns in the eighteenth century.