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HS MA/LA Gym: Atlantic World Confluence: Black Slavery in the Americas Lehrveranstaltung wird nicht abgehalten.

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Semester SS 2019
Home institute Geschichte des europäisch-transatlantischen Kulturraums
participating institutes Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Neueste Geschichte
Courses type Hauptseminar in category Teaching
First appointment Fri , 26.04.2019 10:00 - 18:00, Room: (D, 1087a)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird nicht abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Required Books:

Marcus Rediker, Slave Ship: A Human History
Brenda Stevenson, Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South
Laird Bergard, The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba and the United States
Vernon Valentine Parker, Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana
Philippe Girard, Toussaint L’Overture: A Revolutionary Life
Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from the Womb to the Grave

Recommended Primary Documents and Document Sites:
1. Pierre Dasalles and Elborg Foster, eds., Sugar and Slavery, Family and Race: The Letters and Diaries of Pierre Dessalles, Planter in Martinique, 1808-1856
2. John Blassingame, ed., Slave Testimony: Two Centuries of Letters, Speeches, Interviews and Autobiographies
3. Robert Conrad, Children of God’s Fire: A Documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil
4. Ottobah Cugoano, Narrative of the Enslavement of Ottobah Cugoano, A Native of Africa; Published by Himself, in the Year 1787 (Available online at:
5. Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave. Related by Herself. With a Supplement by the Editor. To Which is Added, the Narrative of Asa-Asa, A Captured Slave (Available online at:
6. Louisa Picquet and Hiram Mattison, Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon: or Inside Views of Southern Domestic Life (Available online at:
7. William Still, The Underground Railroad (Available online at: il_djvu.txt)
8. North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements (Available online at:
9. Slave Societies Digital Archive: Brazil, Cuba, Spanish Florida, Colombia, Argentina, Angola, Nigeria, Cape Verde (Available online at:
10. British Online Archives: The West Indies: Slavery, Plantations and Trade, 1759-1832 (One week free trial available online at:
Miscellanea Lehrende:
Brenda E. Stevenson (Nickoll Family Endowed Chair Professor of History and African American Studies UCLA , Los Angeles, USA)




Appointments on Friday. 26.04., Friday. 03.05., Friday. 10.05., Friday. 17.05. 10:00 - 18:00

Course location

(D, 1087a)

Fields of study


Course Description: This course will be a comparative examination of the institution of black slavery in Atlantic world societies in the Americas from the l6th through the end of the 19th century within the broader context of European colonial settlement and indigenous peoples’ varied responses to the black and white presence on their homelands. Each week takes up one overarching theme that collectively address major topics and problems that expose the complex nature of the institution and the resulting methodologies and historiography. Particular attention, therefore, will be given to the business of the Atlantic slave trade in Africa, Europe and the Americas; the installation and institutionalization of black slavery as a system of labor and control in “New World” colonial settler societies; gendered patterns of social interaction and cultural expression; and resistance strategies along with other paths to freedom. North America, including British, French and Spanish slaveholding colonies on the continent, will be the central focus of the course. Comparisons with slaveholding black societies in the British, French and Spanish Caribbean as well as Brazil and Surinam will be integral to each week’s topic for discussion.

Course Format: Each week students will engage a different topic, all significant thematically, and in the historiography, to the study of Atlantic world slavery. These topics are: the slave trade; slave labor and law; culture, kinship and community; and resistance strategies and freedom struggles. In preparation for weekly discussions, students will have a mandatory reading assignment drawn from the required monographs listed below in combination with published or online primary sources and journal literature. Class time will be taken up with my brief lectures that will introduce and contextualize the topic for discussion; assigned student oral presentations that will summarize readings and propose avenues for our larger analytical discussion that class period; analysis of related primary source materials; and interpreting relevant media clips or visual cultural materials (drawings, paintings, cartoons, online museum exhibitions, etc.) made available for their viewing.

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The course is part of admission "Hauptseminare MA/LA Gym NNG/GETK/NG SS2019".
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Current number of participants 6
maximum number of participants 15