The Alexandrian Society of VCU will present a talk titled “Why Did the Atlantic Slave Trade Survive Until the American Civil War?” featuring John Harris, Ph.D., author of the 2020 book, “The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage”.
Harris, the McDonald-Boswell assistant professor of history at Erskine College, will speak via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public. The conference will be available at: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/96728939703.
Harris is an expert on 19th-century American slavery and lectures at Erskine, including The Atlantic Slave Trade, The American Civil War, and The Atlantic World, 1400-1830.
“The Last Slave Ships,” published by Yale University Press, describes the illegal prosecution of the transatlantic slave trade after it was banned in the early 19th century by all major slave trading nations. The book received positive reviews in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation and elsewhere. The Victorian Society of New York selected it as 2020 Book of the Year.
Harris has also published an article on the financing of illegal slave travel in the Journal of Global History, writes op / eds for Smithsonian Magazine, History.com and The Washington Post, and has created a digital exhibition on the slave trade. which has been widely used in classrooms. .
Founded in the 1960s, the Alexandrian Society is one of VCU’s oldest student organizations. However, the focus of the company has changed over time. Since 2003, when Professor Bernard Moitt, Ph.D., became the company’s educational advisor, the promotion of academic excellence has been the focus of its activities. The company is largely focused on the Atlantic world with particular emphasis on areas such as slavery, race, black status in the Americas, and gender. Although dedicated to the study of history, membership is open to all VCU students, regardless of concentration or major.
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