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HIST 209: Comparative Slavery

This course explores the history of slavery in the Atlantic World including West Africa, South and Central America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. The course examines the intersecting themes of power, labor, law, race, gender, sexuality, and resistance. It will consider how these themes each shaped the construction of different institutions of slavery while simultaneously focusing on the experiences of the enslaved who lived and died within in these systems. Using a comparative methodology, we will ask canonical questions such as what constitutes a slave society and a society with slaves, and discuss whether this debate is a constructive paradigm.
6 credits; HI, IDS; Offered Winter 2022; N. Voltz