Readings in Slavery, History, and Law

History 280D

Fall 2015
C. L. Tomlins
102 2240 PIEDMNT
Day & Time: 
M 9-12P

The seminar addresses the history of slavery and of the law of enslavement, primarily in mainland North America but also in comparative perspective. Our emphasis will be on slavery as a labor system, but we will also examine slavery as a social condition, and the laws that applied in both respects. We will attempt to understand slavery’s North American origins, its legal and moral justifications, its expansion, its politics, its demise, and its aftermath. Our goal will be to achieve a thorough and complete grounding in the field’s formative literatures through reading and extended discussion.