961 Spring 2019 The Dark History of the Peculiar Institution:? Slavery in the Middle Atlantic Region
Tuesday, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 2
Instructor: Chris Sperling
Coordinator: Stephanie Trachtenberg
In 1619, the first African slaves arrived in Virginia. For the next 250 years, the institution of slavery defined the American economy and culture, in particular below the Mason-Dixon Line. The institution of slavery has been the subject of volumes of scholarly work. But most of this has focused on broad social patterns. Through documents and archaeology, researchers are just now beginning to gain an understanding of the everyday lives of the enslaved and, in doing so, attempt to give a voice to those historically silenced.
Christopher Sperling is a senior archaeologist at the Fairfax County Park Authority and adjunct instructor at Stevenson University.