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Race, Finance, and the Afterlife of Slavery

Wed, Mar 29, 2017  6:30 PM

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

Justin Leroy presents on the overlapping histories of race and financial innovation, from slave insurance to social entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Cameron Rowland’s project for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Leroy teaches nineteenth-century U.S. history at the University of California, Davis; his book Freedom’s Limit: Racial Capitalism and the Afterlives of Slavery, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Tickets are required ($10 adults, $8 members, students and seniors).

Africans Thrown Overboard from a Slave Ship, Brazil, ca. 1830sThis woodcut was originally published in The Liberator, the American abolitionist newspaper, 7 January 1832 (vol. 11, p. 2) and appeared in several later issues in that year. It accompanied a brief article on Brazil which describes how sickly captive Africans were thrown overboard alive in the port of Rio so that slave captains, knowing they could not be sold, would avoid paying import duties on them.

Africans Thrown Overboard from a Slave Ship, Brazil, ca. 1830s
This woodcut was originally published in The Liberator, the American abolitionist newspaper, 7 January 1832 (vol. 11, p. 2) and appeared in several later issues in that year. It accompanied a brief article on Brazil which describes how sickly captive Africans were thrown overboard alive in the port of Rio so that slave captains, knowing they could not be sold, would avoid paying import duties on them.