Workshop: The History of Capitalism and Slavery

The 2013 Milton M. Klein History Workshop will be held April 10, 2-3pm, in Hodges Library Room 605.

Dr. Seth Rockman (PhD UC-Davis, 1999) is an Associate Professor at Brown University in the History Department.  He specializes in Revolutionary, Early Republic, and Antebellum US History.  He has held prestigious NEH, ACLS, and Gilder Lehrman research fellowships.  His book Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009.  This wonderful book won the Organization of American Historian's Merle Curti Prize; the Southern Historical Association's H.L. Mitchell Prize, and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award.  He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society.  He is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.  Dr. Rockman also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the Civil War Era.

He will lead a workshop on connecting capitalism and slavery.  America is widely known as a land of liberty and freedom.  Yet, slavery flourished in America until well into the nineteenth century.  Historians explain this paradox in part by separating slave labor from free wage labor and arguing that an industrialized North won the Civil War.  Dr. Seth Rockman believes the story is far more complex and interesting.  He sees slave labor as linked in important ways to wage labor.  Come and learn why and how. 

This event is free.  Parking is not provided.  Graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013


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