Africana Studies ConferenceOctober 21, 2013
On Friday, I presented a paper at the Africana Studies Conference at James Madison University. The academic conference, which brings together scholars from various universities in the United States, Africa, and elsewhere, had the theme this year of Revolution. My paper, titled "The Baptist War and revolutionary (nonviolent) rhetoric," covered rhetorical themes of Sam Sharpe in the mobilizing of a rebellion against slavery in Jamaica in 1831-1832. I have written some about Sharpe for Ethics Daily (here) and Baptist World (here), but this presentation attempted to report less on what other scholars have argued and offer more of my assessment of his important religious-political effort.