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Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson reconsiders the connection between slavery and capitalism.

Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862

David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones’s characters know that everything they’ve worked for might suddenly be taken from them.

Public sympathies and political outcomes over the Amistad Africans drifted in opposite directions.

Rev. J. Sella Martin

How social equality was used to discredit the egalitarian project of Reconstruction.

Union soldiers surrounding the Dictator, a 13-inch siege mortar cannon

Too many Americans have fallen prey to narratives that erase the role of slavery in the war’s origins and legacy.

From The First Book of Urizen (1794), by William Blake

Robin Blackburn's The American Crucible treats modern slavery as an international institution with national histories.

The horrors of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database arise through the cumulative weight of its abstract pieces of information.

On the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade, a documentarian tries to come to grips with her family's history in the trade.

Marcus Rediker's breathtaking "human history" of the slave ship reveals how the transatlantic slave trade demeaned everyone it touched.


In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012