Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

November 9th, 2015
6:30 PM

Location
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry
Co-authors Ned and Constance Sublette, in conversation with Gwen Thompkins, host of the radio show Music inside Out

Free and open to the public, followed by a book signing and catered reception
Sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Tulane University

New scholarship around slavery is emerging in the 21st century and the Sublettes’ new book The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light. Gwen Thompkins will interview Ned Sublette during the first phase of the evening, and Constance Sublette will join for a Q&A session with the audience, to consider this history and how it shapes our society today.

“The American Slave Coast explores how the slavery business made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as ‘breeding women‘€™ essential to the expansion of the nation. The children born to enslaved women were not only labor, but merchandise and collateral, all at once. One of the two principals of the antebellum slave economy was staple crops ‘€” primarily cotton, the United States‘€™ major export ‘€” which provide the cash flow. The other was enslaved people, who counted as capital and functioned as the stable wealth of the South. Tracing the history of money in America, The American Slave Coast places the slave trade squarely at the center of U.S. economic history. Describing its operation in detail, with an unhesitating frankness about a subject that is often cloaked in euphemism, The American Slave Coast is an essential read for anyone interested in American history, the American economy of the American South.‘€ ‘€” Thomas Peña

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