Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

UNO Midlo Center and the Historic New Orleans Collection Host Free Lecture on Economics of Domestic Slave Trade

The University of New Orleans Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Center in New Orleans Studies partners this week with the Historic New Orleans Collection to host a free lecture on the economics of domestic slave trade.

Join us!

"Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business," is an illustrated lecture with Joshua D. Rothman of the University of Alabama.

The free talk begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans.

Reservations: wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662. More information: hnoc.org

Despite the abundance of recent scholarship on the slave trade, the lives of slave traders themselves remain largely a mystery, historians said this week. In this presentation, University of Alabama Professor Joshua D. Rothman will discuss three men who turned the sale of people into a major money-making enterprise.

"Isaac Franklin, John Armfield and Rice Ballard collectively built the most successful slave trading firm of the 19th century," historians said in a release. "They forged an economic link among New Orleans, Richmond and other cities, both fueling the cotton revolution and devastating thousands of families and communities."

The lecture, entitled "Franklin, Armfield, and Ballard: The Men Who Made the Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business," an illustrated lecture with Joshua D. Rothman of the University of Alabama, will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Rothman is the director of University of Alabama's Summersell Center for the Study of the South. He specializes in 19th-century American history, southern history and race and slavery.

He is currently researching for a future book, which will be titled "The Ledger and the Chain: The Men Who Made America's Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business."

 

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