January 15: Introduction; Understanding the course.
January 22: Understanding the Major Debates and the Recent Historiography
Selwyn H. H. Carrington, “Capitalism & Slavery and Caribbean Historiography: An Evaluation,” The Journal of African American History, Vol. 88, No. 3 (Summer, 2003), 304-312. Carrington-WilliamThesis
Seymour Drescher, “Eric Williams: British Capitalism and British,” History and Theory, Vol. 26, No. 2 (May, 1987), 180-196.Drescher-WilliamThesis
Seymour Drescher, “Antislavery Debates: Tides of Historiography in Slavery and Antislavery,” European Review Vol. 19, Issue 1 (February 2011), 131 – 148. Drescher-Antislaverydebates
Jesse Cromwell, “ More than Slaves and Sugar: Recent Historiography of the Trans- imperial Caribbean and Its Sinew Populations,” History Compass, 12/10 (2014), 770-783. Crowmwell
Michael Zeuske, “Historiography and Research Problems of Slavery and the Slave Trade in a Global-Historical Perspective,” IRSH Vol. 57 (2012), 87-111. Zeuske
January 29: The Williams Thesis
Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery, UNC.
February 5: Drescher Challenge
Seymour Drescher. Econocide: British Slavery in the Era of Abolition. UNC, 2010.
February 12: The Slave Trade, Part 1
Marcus Rediker, The Slave Ship, Viking Press.
Kenneth F. Kiple and Brian T. Higgins, “Mortality Caused by Dehydration during the Middle Passage” in The Atlantic Slave Trade. Effects on Economics, Societies, and Peoples in Africa, the Americas, and Europe, eds. Joseph E. Inikori and Stanley L. Engerman, (Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 2007), 321-337. Kiple and Higgins
Paper #1 Due
February 19: The Slave Trade, Part 2
Gregory E. O’Malley, Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) UNC, 2014.
February 26: The Slave Trade, Part 3
Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Harvard University Press, 2001.
March 5: Slavery and the Making of the New World
Sherwin Bryant, Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito. UNC Press, 2014.
Paper #2 Due
March 19: Colonial North America Plantation System
Richard Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations, Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia. Harvard University Press, 2014.
Philip D. Morgan, “Work and Culture: The Task System and the World of Lowcountry Blacks, 1700 to 1880,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Oct., 1982), 563-599. PMorganWorkandCulture
Philip D. Morgan and Michael L. Nicholls, “Slaves in Piedmont Virginia, 1720-1790,” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Apr., 1989), 211-251. MorganNicholls
March 26: Marginal Plantations
Diane Mutti-Burke, On Slavery’s Border: Missouri’s Small-Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865. University of Georgia Press, 2010.
April 2: Spanish Caribbean the process of emancipation and formation of peasantries
Luis A. Figueroa, Sugar, Slavery and Freedom, UNC Press.
Paper #3 Due
April 9: Gender, Slavery, The Market and Labor, Part 1
Camillia Cowling, Conceiving Freedom: Women of Colour, Gender and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro. UNC, 2013.
April 16: Gender, Slavery, The Market and Labor, Part 2
Deborah Grey White, Ar’n’t I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South. New York: W.W. Norton, 1985, 1999 [2nd ed].
April 23: Rebellions and Resistance
Manuel Barcia, The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825. LSU Press, 2014
Clarence J. Munford and Michael Zeuske, “Black Slavery, Class Struggle, Fear and Revolution in St. Domingue and Cuba, 1785-1795,” The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 73, No. 1/4 (Winter – Autumn, 1988), pp. 12-32. MunfordandZeuske
Paper #4 Due
April 30: catch up and wrap up.
December 7: historiographical essay due no later than 6 pm.