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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 1, The Origins of Slavery in the New World
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Eric Foner


Nearly 150 years after its abolition, slavery remains one of the central institutions defining American history and nationality. This e-seminar examines the origins and development of the transatlantic slave trade and the impact of slavery on colonial America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. New World slavery became more oppressive than previous forms, and the underpinnings of the institutionalization of slavery in America included new racist attitudes.
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1. The New World: Origins of Slavery

2. Colonial Society and Economy




1. Slavery and Freedom

2. Slave Societies and Societies with Slaves: The Chesapeake, the Southern Colonies, New England, and the Middle Colonies



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1. The Impact of Slave Conspiracies on Colonial Societies

2. Origins of Slavery and of Race




1. Bacon's Rebellion: Colonial Society and Politics





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