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Slavery and the making of American capitalism

The expansion of slavery in the decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States, which seized control of the world market for cotton and became a wealthy nation with global influence. Edward Baptist, a professor … Continue reading

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Review for Understanding and Teaching American Slavery

In a review for Education Week, contributor Kate Shuster writes that the new book Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, co-edited by Associate Professor of History Lynn Lyerly and BC alumna Bethany Jay “has the potential to change the way that slavery is taught in … Continue reading

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Unfreedom in Boston

In his new book, Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (New York University Press, 2016), BC alumnus Jared Ross Hardesty argues that slavery in Boston was part of a continuum of unfreedom. In this context, African slavery existed alongside many other forms of oppression, … Continue reading

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How to teach about slavery

How can teachers get students to understand the racist underpinnings of slavery—and to acknowledge its legacies in contemporary America?  Understanding and Teaching American Slavery (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016), co-edited by Associate Professor of History Cynthia Lynn Lyerly and Bethany Jay … Continue reading

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Historian Ira Berlin

Historian Ira Berlin, a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland, will present “Rethinking the Demise of Slavery in The United States” on Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100.  Berlin is a leading historian of America and … Continue reading

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