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Empires of Captivity: The Resurgence of Atlantic Slavery in the Age of Emancipations

LAST 343
Spring 2020
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 343
Certificates: International Relations, International Relations Minor, Caribbean Studies Minor
Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor

The dawn of the 19th century was marked by a series of challenges to Atlantic slavery, epitomized first by the unprecedented victories of the Haitian Revolution and then by the implementation of municipal bans and bilateral treaties that sought to limit the international trade in African captives. Yet seemingly paradoxically, this same period saw the rapid expansion of new zones of enslavement stretching from the U.S. South to Cuba, Brazil, and beyond. Proslavery forces mobilized across these jurisdictions in order to reverse the tide of abolition and to participate in (or simply to profit from) a burgeoning illegal trade in captives. Meanwhile, people of African descent who were enslaved or re-enslaved during this period built upon the precedent of emancipation in Haiti and other antislavery jurisdictions as they mounted claims to freedom for themselves, their families, and their communities. They continuously pushed forward the halting pace of general emancipation, laying the foundations for struggles for recognition and restitution that continue to the present day.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA LAST, SBS LAST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)(LAST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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