W. E. Skidmore

Graduate Student
Education: 
M.A. University of Delaware, 2010
Fields of Study: 

Dissertation Title:  Informed Activism: Abolitionist Information Networks and the Rise of the Global Antislavery Movement, 1831-1893.

Advisors: Jim Sidbury and Caleb McDaniel

Committee Members: Kerry Ward, Jim Stewart, and Richard Huzzey

Examination Fields: Atlantic World, Nineteenth-Century, and World History

Selected Publications:

“A Milder Type of Bondage”: Brazilian Slavery and Race Relations in the Eyes of American Abolitionists, 1820-1870, Journal of Slavery and Abolition, vol. x, no. x (forthcoming in print, available online) 

Book Review. British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society by James Heartfield, The Institute of Historical Research, University of London (forthcoming)

Book Note. Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship by Celso Thomas Castilho, Journal of Southern History, (forthcoming)

Book Note. Slavery and Politics: Brazil and Cuba, 1790-1850 by Rafael Marquese, Tâmis Parron, and Márcia Berbel, Journal of Southern History, (forthcoming)

Book Review. The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States by Ira Berlin, Reviews in History, The Institute of Historical Research, University of London, (no. 1892)

Selected Presentations:

“‘Zealously Exonerating Emancipation;’ The British and American Fact-Finding Missions in the West Indies, 1836-1838,” Southern Historical Association’s Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas November 9-12, 2017 

“‘Zealously Exonerating Emancipation;’ The British and American Fact-Finding Missions in the West Indies, 1836-1838,” Southern Historical Association’s Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas November 9-12, 2017

“Civilization, Commerce, and Christianity”: How British Abolitionists Understood Slavery and the Slave Trade in Central and East Africa, 1860-1890s, 17th Annual Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin, March 31-April 2, 2017

“Antislavery Travelers, 1830-1890,” Brown Bag, Clements Library, University of Michigan, September 23, 2016 

"Atlantic Movement to End Slavery and Human Bondage in India and Brazil, 1840-1890;” The Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians Conference; University of Cambridge; Cambridge, UK; June 8-11, 2016

“Armchair Abolitionists and the Imagining of Brazilian Slavery, 1808-1888;” History Department’s Brown Bag Lecture Series; Rice University; Houston, Texas; November 27, 2014

“Viajantes de poltrona: o Brasil na imaginação dos abolicionistas do Atlântico inglés, 1820-1867;” Territórios, Memórias, e Identidades; Universidade Estadual de Campinas; São Paulo, Brazil; June 4-5, 2014  

“The Heart of Ireland Knows the Plight of India: The British India Society and the British Antislavery Movement, 1839-1843;” Ireland, Slavery, and Anti-Slavery Conference; University College Dublin; Dublin, Ireland; October 24-25, 2013 

Fellowships:

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship in European Studies, AY 2017-2018

Fellowship, Jacob. M. Price Visiting Fellowship, Clements Library, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 2016

Fellowship, NACBS-Huntington Library Short-Term Fellowship (San Marino, CA), June-July 2015

Fellowship, International Summer Academy: Free and Unfree Labour in Global History, IGK Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, (research in São Paulo, Brazil), November-December 2014

Fellowship. Historians Against Slavery, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) August 2012

Fellowship. “The Abolitionist Movement: Fighting Slavery and Racial Injustice from the Revolution to the Civil War,” National Endowment for the Humanities and Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) June-July 2012

Fellowship. “SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Summer Fellowship,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), May-July 2010