Keynote Talk by Christy Clark-Pujara - Invisible Bodies, Disposable Cloth: Rhode Island and Slavery, 1783-1850's

Friday, February 17 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Swan Hall, Swan Hall Auditorium 60 Upper College Road, Kingston RI

Christy Clark-Pujara is an Assistant Professor of History in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is particularly interested in retrieving the hidden and unexplored histories of African Americans in areas that historians have not sufficiently examined—small towns and cities in the North and Midwest.

She recently published Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (NYU Press, 2016), which examines how the business of slavery—economic activity that was directly related to the maintenance of slaveholding in the Americas, specifically the buying and selling of people, food, and goods—shaped the experience of slavery, the process of emancipation, and the realities of black freedom in Rhode Island from the colonial period through the American Civil War.

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