Bells on the Hill: Rage and Slavery’s Postbellum Madness

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Bells on the Hill: Rage and Slavery’s Postbellum Madness 

Professor Micah Khater 

Monday, October 2nd 

12:15 to 1:45 pm 

Social Sciences Building, Room 650 Albert Johnson Conference Room 

This paper examines how objects from slavery forged a relationship between the antebellum and the postbellum and how formerly enslaved people contested these invocations of the past through material remembrance, rage, and stories of white madness. By tracing the life of one object, the bell rack, I explore the profound complexities of theorizing madness, disability, and slavery. Insanity is often marshalled against the possibility of Black rage. But what happens when descriptions of “insane” emerge out of Black rage instead of as its point of erasure? Where might we locate explanatory power in stories about white psychosis, but not as a condemnation of madness itself? 

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