Race and Slavery in America

Volume 1 of the Race & in America series, an enhanced exploration of the origins, history, and legacies of anti-Black racism in the U.S., designed to deepen knowledge and awareness in the service of promoting a more just and inclusive community and world.

Race & Slavery in America

Panel Discussion

Panelists

B. Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center of the Study of Slavery and Justice
Emily A. Owens, David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History
Seth E. Rockman, Associate Professor of History
Tricia Rose, Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (moderator)

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  • Cover of Clotel

    Clotel

    by William Wells Brown

    In the first published novel by a Black American author, the daughters of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson use their wits to try to escape American slavery.

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    The Conjure Woman

    by Charles W. Chesnutt

    The formerly enslaved Julius tells fantastical tales about plantation life to the incredulous Northerners who have just moved in.

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    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    by Linda Brent

    The autobiography of a woman who grew up in, and escaped from, slavery.

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    Iola Leroy

    by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

    As the Civil War rages, a young woman living the North is unaware of her African ancestry until she returns to the South and is immediately enslaved.

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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    by Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass describes his youth as an enslaved person in Maryland and his desire to be a free man.

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    Our Nig

    by Harriet E. Wilson

    An autobiographical account of a young biracial girl abandoned by her parents and forced into servitude in the northern United States.

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    Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

    by Phillis Wheatley

    The only published collection of poetry by Phillis Wheatley, who was kidnapped and brought to America on the ship The Phyllis, has an indisputable influence on poetry and African-American literature but is criticized in modern times as an example of the Uncle Tom syndrome.

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    Twelve Years a Slave

    by Solomon Northup

    The account of a free Black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, from which it took twelve years to free himself.

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    Up from Slavery

    by Booker T. Washington

    The autobiography of Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute and a formerly enslaved person.

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About the Series

Over the course of the 2020–21 academic year, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, undertook a systematic investigation of the enduring contemporary effects of anti-Black racism in America. Drawing on the expertise of Brown scholars from a range of fields and perspectives, a series of eight webinars generated critical engagements with society’s most fundamental and urgent questions around race. The Race & in America series amplifies the impact and extends the reach of these penetrating discussions through expanded content and resources presented over eight volumes.

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