Lecture by Christy Clark-Pujara, author of Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island

February 16, 2017

The John Carter Brown Library

As part of the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara discusses her recently published book, Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island (NYU Press, 2016). Dark Work examines how the business of slavery — economic activity that was directly related to the maintenance of slaveholding in the Americas, specifically the buying and selling of people, food, and goods — shaped the experience of slavery, the process of emancipation, and the realities of black freedom in Rhode Island from the colonial period through the American Civil War. This talk was organized by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the John Carter Brown Library, with introductory remarks provided by JCB Director and Librarian Neil Safier and Visiting Assistant Professor Matthew Reilly of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and the CSSJ.