Rapoport Center Postdoctoral Fellow Edward Shore has published a chapter in a new book on escaped slaves and the shipwrecked across the Americas. Shore’s chapter is called “Legacies of Resistance: Quilombos, their Descendants, and the Struggle for Land and Social Justice in Brazil’s Vale do Ribeira, 1800-2018.” Read more about the book, Maroons and the Marooned: Runaways and Castaways in the Americas (University Press of Mississippi: 2020), here.
Shore is a historian and human rights activist from Phoenix, Arizona. His current research explores the longstanding struggles of the black peasantry over land, natural resources, and autonomy in Brazil. Prior to joining the Rapoport Center, Shore was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation in Latin American Studies, where he established a partnership between the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin and the Articulation and Advisory Team to Rural Black Communities of the Vale do Ribeira (EAACONE), a São Paulo-based NGO that defends the rights of Afro-Brazilian settlements descended from escaped slaves known in Portuguese as quilombos. Since 2015, he has coordinated a project to create a digital repository of historical documentation concerning quilombos, working with their members to curate their own community-based archives and strengthen their legal claims to land and resources in the Atlantic Forest. He has published work in the Afro-Hispanic Review, Portal Magazine, while writing extensively about digital and public history for Not Even Past. Shore earned his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018, where he received funding for his research from the Mellon Foundation, ACLS, Reed Foundation, and Tinker Foundation. In fall 2020, he will begin law school at the University of Texas.