HIST 2055 Race and Slavery in the Early Atlantic World

HIST 2055 Race and Slavery in the Early Atlantic World (also AMST 2755, ASRC 2755, LATA 2055) (HST-AS) (HPE, HNA)

Monday and Wednesday: 2:55-4:10 plus Independent Research

Professor Casey Schmitt

The legacies of slavery remain all too obvious in the modern Atlantic World. From demographic imbalances to pervasive social and economic inequality, much of the recent past has involved addressing that destructive early modern heritage. This course traces the roots of slavery and race in the Atlantic World from 1400 to 1800. Through lectures, readings, and class discussion, we will examine how politics, culture, gender, and the law intersected to shape the institution of slavery and the development of conceptions of race. As an Atlantic World course, we will take a comparative perspective and ask how different imperial regimes (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English) fostered different systems of race and slavery in the Americas. We will also ask how the law as a lived experience, gender norms, and imperial politics all worked to shape the production of racial hierarchies.

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“Le Marron Inconnu,”
“Le Marron Inconnu,” de Albert Mangonès dans le centre de Port-au-Prince en Haïti, en avril 2018