Join us for a discussion moderated by Forum for Scholars and Publics Director Laurent Dubois between Duke historian Thavolia Glymph and author and musician Ned Sublette about women and slavery in American History.
Thavolia Glymph's celebrated 2008 work Out of the House of Bondage analyzes the plantation household as a site of production where competing visions of gender were wielded as weapons in class struggles between black and white women. She is currently researching the history of African-American women refugees during the Civil War.
Ned and Constance Sublette's new book The American Slave Coast tells the story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as "breeding women" essential to the young country's expansion. Captive African Americans in the slave nation were not only laborers, but merchandise and collateral all at once. In a land without silver, gold, or trustworthy paper money, their children and their children's children into perpetuity were used as human savings accounts that functioned as the basis of money and credit in a market premised on the continual expansion of slavery.
A light lunch will be served for all participants starting at 11:45.
Header image: Slave Auction, Christianburg, Virginia, 1850s.
Glymph is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and History at Duke University. After writing Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge, 2008), she turned her attention back to a project begun ...