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In Conversation: Ada Ferrer and Jennifer L. Morgan

October 25, 2021 | 6 PM (EST)

In Conversation with Ada Ferrer, author of Cuba: An American History, and Jennifer L. Morgan, author of Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship, and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic. Moderated by Ana Dopico.

We invite you to join us for a conversation between two eminent historians as they discuss their new books, their reflections on the making of the Americas, their groundbreaking scholarship on race and hemispheric history, and their reflections on storytelling, friendship and legacy.

Spanning more than five centuries, Ferrer’s Cuba: An American History is an ambitious and moving chronicle of the country's history and its relationship with the United States. Drawing on more than thirty years of research—as well as her own extensive travel to the island over the same period—she examines and reveals the evolution of modern Cuba, documenting not only the influence of the United States on the island but also the many ways Cuba has been a recurring presence in US affairs. Filled with rousing stories and characters, this is a book that will give American readers unexpected insights into the history of their own country and, in so doing, offer a way to imagine a ne w relationship with Cuba.

In Reckoning with Slavery, Jennifer L. Morgan draws on the lived experiences of enslaved African women in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to reveal the contours of early modern notions of trade, race, and commodification in the Black Atlantic. From capture to transport to sale to childbirth, these women were demographically counted as commodities during the Middle Passage, vulnerable to rape, separated from their kin at slave markets, and subject to laws that enslaved their children upon birth. In this way, they were central to the binding of reproductive labor with kinship, racial hierarchy, and the economics of slavery.

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