The Trail the Slaves Made: Captivity and Coerced Labor on the Santa Fe Trail in the U.S.-Mexico War Era

Lecture Description

This lecture explores how the Santa Fe Trail connected two worlds of slavery–Black chattel slavery in Missouri and points east, and Indigenous captivity and coerced labor in New Mexico and the borderlands. It focuses on the U.S.-Mexico War era, when increased travel on the trail left a long paper trail. It examines the quotidian experiences of captive and enslaved people, who were Indigenous, African American, and ethnic Mexican.

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Borderlands Slavery

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