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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:00pm
1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA

 

The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center present
the 6th annual Black History Month Lecture

FREEDOM'S BLOOD MEMORIES: SLAVERY, TERROR
AND THE EVOLUTION OF BLACK HISTORY

by SOWANDE MUSTAKEEM, PH.D.


Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

Washington University St. Louis

 

Mustakeem is the author of Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage, winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association (2017). Most times left solely within the confine of plantation narratives, slavery was far from a land-based phenomenon. This book reveals for the first time how it took critical shape at sea. 
 
Expanding the gaze even more deeply, the book centers how the oceanic transport of human cargoes--infamously known as the Middle Passage- comprised a violently regulated process foundational to the institution of bondage. Sowande' Mustakeem's groundbreaking study goes inside the Atlantic slave trade to explore the social conditions and human costs embedded in the world of maritime slavery.
 
Mustakeem earned a bachelor’s degree from Elon University, master’s degree at The Ohio State University, and doctorate from Michigan State University. She received a two-year Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship and teaches history and African and African-American studies at Washington University. Mustakeem has published a number of influential articles and book chapters on topics including black women’s history, gender, violence, the social history of medicine and the studies of the black Atlantic/African diaspora.

 

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