Slavery in the Atlantic World
This course explores the rise and fall of Atlantic world slavery from the early colonization period to the age of emancipation. We will approach slavery thematically through a variety of different historiographies of the English, French, and Iberian empires which will encourage us to think broadly and comparatively. Themes to be explored across region and time include legal and social definitions of slavery, the relationship between slavery and race, the material conditions of slavery, Indigenous versus African slavery, and the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Additionally, through a comparative framework that explores various forms of unfree labor in different imperial and indigenous contexts, students will gain a deeper understanding of the Atlantic world as a historical space.
THIS SECTION IS NOT OPEN TO NYU STUDENTS (PRECOLLEGE ONLY).