While the domestic slave trade is widely acknowledged as a significant force in American history, it is less commonly understood that the trade itself has a history and that it changed over time. In this webinar, recorded June 2 2020, Professor Joshua D. Rothman uses the lives and careers of the partners in the slave trading firm of Franklin and Armfield as an entry point for considering the lifecycle of America’s domestic slave trade, exploring its ebbs and flows from its birth in the early colonial period through its death during the Civil War.
Joshua D. Rothman is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Alabama. He is the author of several books on the history of slavery and the American South. His forthcoming book, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, will be published by Basic Books early in 2021.