Homelands of Mary Ann Shadd
Immi Tallgren (ed), Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces? (Forthcoming, OUP)
11 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2021 Last revised: 30 Mar 2023
Date Written: April 23, 2021
This book chapter presents the life of Mary Ann Shadd, a 19th century Black abolitionist, from the perspective of the author's personal history of slavery and migration across Black diaspora. It explores themes of erasure in history and the politics of recognition, drawing on Cedric Robinson's concept of the Black radical tradition. It forms part of an initiative to foreground women in international law, but charts a distinctive path from other women presented in the book who may be said to have contributed to international legal rules. Whereas many Black leaders and intellectuals directly engaged with international law, the author suggests that Mary Ann Shadd's endeavours preceded these efforts, and her primary audience was Black community.
Note: This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book 'Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces?' edited by Immi Tallgren due for publication in 2021.
Keywords: International Law, Women, Feminism, Black Studies, Black Radical Tradition
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