Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

Rites of August First: West Indian Emancipation Celebrations in the Black Atlantic Word, 1831-1861

Independent Scholar (United States)

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie wrote five of six chapters for his book Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World; an essay on "Slavery and Slave Trade," to be published in Tobacco in History and Culture: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jordan Goodman (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004); an essay on "Samuel Ringgold Ward" for The Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Trans-Atlantic World, edited by Junius P. Rodriguez (M. E. Sharpe, forthcoming 2005); an article, "Rehearsal for War: Black Militias in the Atlantic World," for the journal Slavery and Abolition (forthcoming 2005); and a review of Dianne Swann-Wright's A Way Out of No Way: Claiming Family and Freedom in the New South for the Journal of American History, vol. 91, no. 1 (June 2004). He revised four entries, "John Brown," "Harpers Ferry Raid," "John Jasper," and "Transition from Slave Labor to Free Labor, North America," for Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political and Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Junius P. Rodriguez (ABC-CLIO, 2004).