Capitalism in the Lives of Enslaved People

Wednesday, May 05, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

on Zoom

Speaker: Justene Hill Edwards

Lecture title: Capitalism in the Lives of Enslaved People. 

Description: Work defined enslaved peoples’ lives.  But in spare moments, enslaved laborers took advantage of opportunities to earn money and obtain goods for themselves.  Enslaved women and men led vibrant economic lives, even trading with non-propertied whites and selling products to their enslavers.  Did these pursuits represent a step towards freedom for the enslaved, or did they further shackle enslaved people by other means?
Bio: Justene Hill Edwards is an assistant professor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and specializes in the history of slavery and capitalism in the United States.  She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University and is the author of Unfree Markets: The Slaves' Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina (April 2021, Columbia University Press).
This event is part of the series Confronting the Racial Wealth Gap.

Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts/Responsible Governance & Sustainable Citizenship, Project Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, Carsey School of Public Policy 
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Leese, Michael