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Women and Slavery


Oct 26 2015


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Women and Slavery

[ Image: Slave Auction, Christiansburg, Virginia, 1850s ]


Women and Slavery

A Dialogue Between Thavolia Glymph and Ned Sublette

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. 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. Listen to Sublette talk about the book.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Thavolia Glymph

Duke University

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 years before on the experience of enslaved and freed women on…...

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Ned Sublette

Ned Sublette is the co-author with Constance Sublette of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry (Lawrence Hill Books, 2015). He is also the author of The Year Before the Flood (Lawrence Hill Books, 2009); The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square…...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...

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