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In this lecture, historian Philip D. Morgan compares the Lowcountry and Chesapeake slave cultures and reveals much about the way of life of some of the earliest African Americans. Although South Carolina in the eighteenth century was built by slave labor, Virginia only began to "recruit" slaves in large numbers at the beginning of that century. Consequently, there were substantial differences in the black cultures that emerged in the two regions.
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University. Freedom from Fear focuses primarily on political and economic developments, recounting how presidents and citizens responded to the two great catastrophic events of the century: the Great Depression and World War II.
David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and former director of Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of award-winning works that include The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967, and The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, for which he won the National Book Award and the Bancroft Prize in 1975. In the Image of God assembles many of his wide-ranging essays on the origins and enduring legacy of slavery and racism. In this lecture, Davis briefly discusses his own journey to his work studying slavery and addresses the broad outlines of his research: the universality of chattel slavery. He focuses as well on the "sexual honor" case of Celia, an enslaved woman in Missouri in the 1850s who killed the owner who took advantage of her.