Slavery and Servitude in the United States

History 280D

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
Tu 1200-200

This course will serve as a selective overview of the most recent scholarship, which explores systems of captivity and coerced labor in (British) North America and the United States. We will explore indigenous systems of bondage, indigenous enslavement at the hands of European settlers, the transport and indentured servitude of European migrants, the British inter-colonial slave trade, and the indentured and sexual servitude of Chinese migrants and indigenous women in the 19th century. The overwhelming majority of our readings will explore the captivity and enslavement of African-descended people in the New World. In this vein, a number of weeks examine the experiences of African-descended people before leaving the West Coast of Africa, their passage to the New World, and their bondage, resistance and freedom after settlement. The class concludes with readings that examine the development of the penal state, and the criminalization and mass incarceration of black people, and modern systems of slavery in the United States. Many of the required readings will be attentive to the role that the law played in constructing and maintaining systems of American bondage and will examine the ways that gender and sexuality shaped the experiences of bound people as well. 

Course Books

Slavery by Another Name : The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War III by Blackmon, Douglas Anchor. ISBN: 978-0385722704 Required
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Bales, Kevin and Soodalter, Ron University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520268661 Required
Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South by Camp, Stephanie University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807855348 Required
American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund Morgan W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393324945 Required
Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674005396 Required
Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and "Race" in New England, 1780-1860 by Joanne Pope Melish Cornell University Press. ISBN: 978-0801484377 Required
Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora by Smallwood, Stephanie Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674030688 Required
Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South by Barbara Krauthamer The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-1469621876 Required
American Uprising: The Untold Story of Americas Largest Slave Revolt by Rasmussen, Daniel Harper Perennial. ISBN: 978-0061995224 Required
The Slave Ship: A Human History by Rediker, Marcus Penguin Books. ISBN: 978-0143114253 Required
Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation by Jung, Moon-Ho Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-0801890826 Required
The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717 by Gallay, Allan Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300101935 Required
Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World by Michael Guasco University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN: 978-0812245783 Required
Harlots, Hussies, and Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation, and the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718-1783 by Ziegler, Edith M. University of Alabama Press. ISBN: 978-0817318260 Required
A Merciless Place: The Fate of Britains Convicts after the American Revolution by Christopher, Emma Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199782550 Required