The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture
Co-sponsored by the University of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University
Thursday, October 19, 2006, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
The Atlantic World, 1492-1860s: Definition, Theory, and Boundaries
Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University
The Atlantic World was made by contacts between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans. It began with Columbus and ended with revolution and colonial independence, the end of the Atlantic slave trade followed by abolition, and the shift from merchant to industrial capitalism. Thereafter a radically different Atlantic world developed, with new relationships between Atlantic peoples and continents. This paper explores important aspects of these beginnings and endings and major themes that shaped Atlantic developments, from forced and free migrations to the “Columbian exchange,” to transatlantic processes of creolization and syncretic religious development, to forms of political thought that emphasized the interdependent nature of “freedom” and slavery.
All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Jenny Fink at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 312-255-3524.
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