What is the course about?
Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans
who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial
slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North
American and Caribbean history.
What will we cover?
Native American slavery will be discussed in a variety of precolonial (indigenous), colonial and post-colonial forms. The course will cover variations of involuntary subordination that differ from Euro-American notions of chattel
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Differentiate indigenous and colonial forms of slavery
- List regional and chronological differences in slavery practices
- Describe historical processes behind indigenous and colonial slaveries
- Explain contextual variability in slavery practices through concrete examples.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a
good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and
learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current
affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always
agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety
maps, images, video and text throughout the session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A list of recommended reading material and recommended films will be provided, but this is optional.
Please bring pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We have a range of American history courses: please have a look on our website, or in our prospectus, for further details.