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Dark WorkThe Business of Slavery in Rhode Island$
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Christy Clark-Pujara

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479870424

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479870424.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Dark Work

Christy Clark-Pujara

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Slavery, Emancipation, Ivy League, Brown University, Rhode Island, New England, Business of Slavery

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