HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
Section: 003 Slavery in the Atlantic World
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The enslavement of people of African and Indian descent was the engine that drove the development of European empires, the globalization of the world economy, and the rise of the modern era. Slavery gave rise to new ideas about freedom and human progress, and out of slavery and the slave trade emerged commercial practices like insurance and banking. Even as slavery came to represent the antithesis of the things we associate as modernity, the wealth generated through slave labor, the global connections created by the slave trade, and the resistance of enslaved people provided the foundation for our world today.

This upper-level seminar will examine systems of unfree labor in Africa and the Americas during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Beginning with European colonization of the Americas and ending with the emancipations of the nineteenth century, the course will explore the labor and cultural practices of enslaved people as well as the evolution of slavery as a legal and economic institution. Although slavery was a global institution, we will pay special attention to the way that the organization of labor and the heritage of slavers and slaves created different societies in different parts of the Americas. We will also consider longstanding debates in the history of slavery such as the origins of racial slavery and forms of slave resistance. And throughout the course we will always consider the legacy of Atlantic slavery and how it continues to unfold in the era of Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to complete assigned reading and actively engage in discussion each week. Each student will also present and help lead discussion for one class. Student grades will be weighted heavily on participation as well as one short paper and one long term paper. No final exam.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate majors in History, DAAS, and International Studies, although other interested juniors and seniors are welcome.

Class Format:

Seminar format

HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0674030680
Saltwater slavery : a middle passage from Africa to American diaspora, Author: Smallwood, Stephanie E., Publisher: Harvard University Press 2008
ISBN: 0195339444
Inhuman bondage : the rise and fall of slavery in the New World, Author: Davis, David Brion (1927- )., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
ISBN: 0271013214
Children of God's fire : a documentary history of black slavery in Brazil, Author: Robert Edgar Conrad, Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ. Press 3rd print. 1997
ISBN: 9780674013049
Avengers of the New World : the story of the Haitian Revolution, Author: Dubois, Laurent, 1971-, Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2004
ISBN: 162097231X
The Dawn of Detroit, Author: Tiya Miles 2017
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