Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Program: “Human Trafficking in Early America”

"Views of Slavery," Library Company of Philadelphia (1836)
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will host a conference on “Human Trafficking in Early America” on April 23-25, 2015. From the conference website:
In early America, human trafficking took many forms, engaging and displacing native, African and European populations in every decade and in every colony and state. Drawing upon a wave of new scholarship on Indian captivity, the middle passage, the domestic slave trade, child abduction and sex trafficking, this conference offers a timely opportunity to examine the cultures and shadow economies created by and elaborated around forced migration in North America and the Atlantic world before 1865.
 The program has now been posted; it includes a keynote address by Edward Baptist, entitled “Trafficking in People, Real or Derivative: The Second Slavery and Anglo-American Development.”

“Human Trafficking in Early America” is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, and cosponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University.

For more information about the conference, or to register, please visit the conference website.