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Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade

Walter Hawthorne, Professor of African History and Chairperson of the Department of History, presents his latest research to the MSU Board of Trustees on October 27, 2017.

Hawthorne scholarship includes African slavery and the slave trade. His first book, Planting Rice and Harvesting Slaves: Transformations Along the Guinea-Bissau Coast, 1400–1900 (Heinemann: 2003), explores the impact of interactions with the Atlantic, and particularly slave trading, on small-scale, decentralized societies. His most recent book, From Africa to Brazil: Culture, Identity, and an Atlantic Slave Trade 1600-1830 (Cambridge: 2010), examines the slave trade from West Africa to Amazonia, Brazil.

Hawthorne is also a digital historian, who has received funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities for Web-based projects including Slave Biographies, at www.slavebiographies.org. In partnership with Matrix, MSU’s Center for Digital research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, last August he submitted a funding proposal to the Mellon Foundation for a project titled Enslaved: People of the Atlantic Slave Trade.


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