Lecture Description

In the 1820s and 1830s, the domestic slave trading company known as Franklin and Armfield was the most significant operation of its type in the country, and over time proved to be the most significant slave trading company in American history. This lecture discusses the lives and careers of the three main partners in the company, explains how and why their business became so successful, and discusses both their contributions to the developing economy of the United States and the unfathomable damage they wrought on the lives of the enslaved people they trafficked.


1800-1865 Slavery

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