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1619 and Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacies, An Ohio State University Series, 2019-2021
September 11, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-5
In late August 1619 “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown. 2019 marked the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War, with profound legacies running to the present.
During this, the second year of our lecture series, The Ohio State University will move from last year’s focus on the slavery era to a year-long program focusing on the legacies of slavery in American and African American life from the post-emancipation period (after the Civil War) to the present. This year, the series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of the Jim Crow Era, the Modern Civil Rights Movement/Era, and the contemporary issues that continue to reflect a need to address the legacies of centuries of legal, race-based enslavement, segregation and discrimination. We will also offer film screenings, seminars, and Slavery Roundtables. We urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.
We are pleased to announce the first of our series of webinars scheduled for 2020-2021. We hope that you can join us via Zoom for this and our upcoming series. All of our events will be at 4:30-6:00PM.
Sharla Fett, Professor of History; Chair, Department of American Studies, Occidental College
“Recaptive Shipmate Journeys through the Carceral Spaces of the U.S. Slave Trade Suppression”
Professor Fett’s most recent work focuses on the U.S. naval capture of transatlantic slave ships during the mid-nineteenth century. She offers a new view of a heretofore unexamined “middle passage”—the return of these recaptured people to Africa, specifically Liberia. During their ordeal, recaptive men, women and children passed through many carceral spaces, such as jails and forts, ship holds, and special “receptacles” on the Liberian coast. This talk will unravel the question of why slavery-based practices of detention carried over into U.S. procedures for slave trade suppression and how recaptives collectively sought to resist those spatial constraints. Sharla Fett is the author of Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (2017), which was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize in 2018.
Professor Fett is Chair of the American Studies Department and Professor of History and Black Studies at Occidental College
With major funding by the Ohio State Energy Partners
Department of History
Department of African and African American Studies
Center for Historical Research
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Co-Chairs: Stephanie Shaw, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, John Brooke
Members: Joan Cashin, Alice Conklin, Simone Drake, Joan Flores-Villalobos, James Genova, Eric Herschthal, Hasan Jeffries, Ousman Kobo, Ahmad Sikainga, Adam Thomas
Upcoming events: All of our events will be at 4:30-6:00PM.
Talitha L. LeFlouria, The Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia.
“Slaves of the State: Black Women and Prison Labor in the Post-Civil War South.”
Judy Richardson, SNCC Veteran, Documentary Filmmaker
“An Interview: Eyes On The Prize as Documentary and Document”
Shannon King, Associate Professor of History, Fairfield University
and Carl Suddler, Associate Professor of History, Emory University
“Policing Black America: Criminal Justice in NYC in the Past and Past – A Dialogue”
Derrick White, Professor of History, University of Kentucky
and Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
“The Black Athlete: Politics and Protest in the Era of Black Lives Matter – A Dialogue”