One Family, Many Worlds, and the Intimate Inheritances of History

‘There is but one thing would Induce me to purchase [Harriet] Ben and the young child and that is her being Raised in the family,’ one man wrote in 1808. His plan to cope with the instabilities of the modern world – war, trade and border disputes, political turmoil – was to ensure that this enslaved family remained the property of his own.

Lecture Description

This talk draws on family history, including my own, to explore the global and entwined histories of settler colonialism, slavery, race, capitalism, and nation in rural Louisiana over the long nineteenth century.


African American Slavery

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