The introduction opens with the story of how ivy league universities, Brown in particular, have dealt with their connections to slaveholding. It defines the business of slavery and explains how and why this aspect of the history of slavery in the United States has been marginalized. Moreover, the introduction argues that the history of slavery, northern emancipation and black freedom are incomplete without a full accounting of the impacts of the business of slavery. Finally, it makes a case as to why Rhode Island is the best place to study how the business of slavery has shaped the origins of race based slavery, the process of northern emancipation, and the realities of circumscribed black freedom in the new nation.
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