1619 and Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacy

An Ohio State University Series, 2019-2020

1619 And Beyond: Explorations in Atlantic Slavery and its American Legacy

In late August 1619 “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown.  This year, 2019, marks the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War.

The Ohio State University will reflect on this tragic event with a year-long program about slavery and its legacy in American life. The series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and American slavery. We will also offer film screenings, seminars, and Slavery Roundtables. The departments urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.

Sponsored by:

Department of History
Department of African and African American Studies
Center for Historical Research
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ohio Early American Seminar

Organizing Committee:

Chair: Stephanie Shaw
Members: John Brooke, Joan Cashin, Alice Conklin, Simone Drake, Joan Flores-Villalobos, James Genova, Eric Herschthal, Hasan Jeffries, Ousman Kobo, Ahmad Sikainga, Adam Thomas


Friday, September 27, 2019

168 Dulles
Lisa Lindsay
Lecture: “Africa and the Origins of Atlantic Slaving”
Lisa Lindsay
Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor
Chair, Department of History
University of North Carolina
Author of Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth Century Odyssey from America to Africa (2017); Working Gender: Wage Labor and Social Change in Southwestern Nigeria (2003)

Friday, October 18, 2019

168 Dulles
Randolph "Butch" Ware
Lecture: “The First Atlantic Revolution:  Islam, Abolition and Republic in West Africa, circa 1776”
Rudolph “Butch” Ware 
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of California Santa Barbara
Author of The Walking Qur’an:  Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge and History in West Africa (2014)

Friday, November 15, 2019

168 Dulles

Peter Wood

Lecture: “Blackout: Shining a Light on Two Centuries of Forced Illiteracy in the Slave South”
Peter Wood

Professor Emeritus, Duke University
Author of Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (1975).

Friday, January 31, 2020

Location: Dulles Hall, Room 168
Jennifer Morgan
Lecture: “Mad Women on the Slave Ship; Reproducing Racial Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic”
Jennifer L. Morgan

Professor and Chair of Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (2014); and Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in America (2016).

Friday, February 7, 2020

Location: Dulles Hall, Room 168
Jonathan Square
Lecture: “The Myth of Tignon and the Invention of New Orleans”
Jonathan M. Square

Assistant Professor for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University.
He is a scholar of fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora.
He is currently working on a new book entitled, “Sartorial Resistance and the Politics of Redress in the Black Atlantic.”

Friday, February 21, 2020

Location: Thompson Library, Room 202
Herman Bennett
Lecture: “Before the Human: Africans, Sovereigns & Slaves”
Herman Bennett

Professor in The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Author of Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (2009) and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolution, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640 (2003).

Friday, February 28, 2020

Location: Dulles Hall, Room 168
Walter Johnson
Lecture: “The Carceral Landscape: Toward an Environmental History of Enslaved Resistance”
Walter Johnson

Winthrop Professor of History, Harvard University and Professor of African and African-American Studies
Author of Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013).


Sharla Fett

Lecture: “Other Middle Passages: Recaptured African Shipmates in Transit to Liberia”
Sharla Fett

Professor of History and Chair of American Studies at Occidental College
Author of Working Cures: Healing Health and Power on Southern Slave Plantations (2003) and Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (2017)