Slavery is one of the (many) topics where Americans tend to think just about the history of the U.S., which means we’re missing most of the picture and the images we have are distorted in important ways. The first Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago this summer, in 1619, and slavery is a continuing wound in the soul of our country. But we were far from alone. Only about 2% of captured Africans ended up in the 13 British colonies or the U.S.
This talk will offer a global history of slavery that puts our history in a bigger context.
How does slavery relate to global patterns of forced labor, race/ethnic/color prejudices, and gender inequality?
What was distinctive about slavery in the United States?
How did slavery wound other countries differently?
Lori Kenschaft has a Ph.D. in American Studies and is the author of Lydia Maria Child: The Quest for Racial Justice and co‑author of Gender Inequality in Our Changing World.
This program is co-sponsored by First Parish Arlington’s Racial Justice Coordinating Committee and STAR adult religious education program. Questions? Email email@example.com.