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Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History

Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History
Francis Scott Key Room 2120
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Professor Araujo will be discussing her new book Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History
 

Slavery and the Atlantic slave trade are among the most heinous crimes against humanity committed in the modern era. Yet, to this day no former slave society in the Americas has paid reparations to former slaves or their descendants. European countries have never compensated their former colonies in the Americas, whose wealth relied on slave labor, to a greater or lesser extent. Likewise, no African nation ever obtained any form of reparations for the Atlantic slave trade.

Ana Lucia Araujo argues that these calls for reparations are not only not dead, but have a long and persevering history. She demonstrates that since the 18th century, enslaved and freed individuals started conceptualizing the idea of reparations in petitions, correspondences, pamphlets, public speeches, slave narratives, and judicial claims, written in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. In different periods, despite the legality of slavery, slaves and freed people were conscious of having been victims of a great injustice.

 
 
Ana Lucia Araujo is a full professor in the Department of History of Howard University in Washington DC. Her research explores the history, memory, and heritage of slavery. She authored or edited over ten books on these themes, including Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010) and Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014), and Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015), published last year in Portuguese by the University of Sao Paulo Press. Since last November she is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. Her latest single authored book, Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History was published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
 
Lunch will be served. To help estimate attendance, please RSVP to millercenter@umd.edu