The Battle of Negro Fort with Matthew J. Clavin
Hello all! I am very happy to welcome Dr. Matthew J. Clavin to the Rogue Historian! Matt is a Professor of History at the University of Houston, where he writes and teaches in the areas of American and Atlantic history with a focus on the history of race and slavery. His most recent publication is The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community. He is also the author of Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers and Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution.
Today we had a crack at The Battle of Negro Fort - and I must say that the story is a fascinating one. For realz - anyone interested in race and its intersection with the development of the national ethos should listen to this episode. We discuss:
The origins of the Negro Fort in Spanish Florida during the War of 1812 era
Andrew Jackson, nationalism, and his layered identity
The racist foundations of an expanding American slave society
The Haitian Revolution and Toussaint Louverture
The transformation of America as a “white republic”
Negro Fort, fugitive slaves, and the local Native American communities
The 1619 Project
How to a proper segue in a podcast interview :)
Have a listen…
Lots of other studies come up in our conversation…I already mentioned Nikole Hannah-Jones’s 1619 Project, and we also mentioned Ira Berlin’s work - Many Thousands Gone would be a good place to start, and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning. You’ll want to check out Matt’s webpage at the University of Houston - and if you want to drop him a note, he is available via email.