This unit traces the history of slavery in the New World, from the 16th century to its eventual abolition in the 19th. We'll begin in Africa and with the slave trade itself, and devote most attention to the British colonies and then the United States, but we will place events there in a broader hemispheric context, paying attention to Saint Domingue, Cuba, Brazil. How much of slave life can a historian recover? How important was slavery in the economic development of the US? What role does the memory of slavery play in American culture?
2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
1x500wd essay proposal (10%), 1x3000wd essay (50%), take-home exercises (30%), tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in the History majorProhibitions