The Second Middle Passage: America's Domestic Slave Trade with Dr. Richard Bell

The Second Middle Passage: America's Domestic Slave Trade with Dr. Richard Bell


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In the thirty years after the Revolution, a new type of American slave trade rose to compete with, eclipse, and replace the transatlantic slave trade. This new slave trade took place wholly within the United States as those who owned enslaved people in the Upper South sold their surplus workers to buyers setting up as cotton planters in the Deep South. Between the Revolution and the Civil War, more than one million enslaved African Americans made this massive forced migration from places like Maryland to places like Mississippi—a second middle passage more than twice the size of the first.

Our conversation takes participants inside this Domestic Slave Trade, tracking its rise and its impact upon the expansion of slavery into new territories and states. Together we will examine the lives and careers of the professional slave traders who brokered these sales. We will focus, in particular, upon the Black families whom those traders tried to divide and assault and the multi-faceted and unrelenting resistance they mounted to try to preserve their kin groups and subvert their enslavers’ aspirations of achieving absolute mastery.

Led by University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell, this Conversation explores the development of the United States' domestic slave trade. There will be several interactive components as well as the time reserved at the conversation's conclusion for questions.

Dr. Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Professor Bell is author of the new book "Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home," which was shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Martha Langer (Tel Aviv, IL)
America's domestic slave trade

It was an excellent presentation analyzing the subject from different and surprising angles seldom mentioned in related articles. It was timely and also heartbreaking.

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Vivienne (San Diego, US)
Important topic, gripping seminar

This topic is so important because it is rarely talked about outside of academia. Most people may know about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but most do not know about the vast and brutal domestic slave trade that took place for about 60 years after Jefferson ended the international slave trade. Dr. Bell's seminar was gripping and painful and important, and as usual he was a compelling speaker and presented a masterful seminar.

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Deborah Wood (Los Angeles, US)
The Second Middle Passage: What it Meant To Be Enslaved in the US

Dr. Bell’s presentation was enlightening. Most people have not considered what it meant to live as an enslaved man, woman and child in the U.S. From the forced marches from the Up South to Deep South plantations and the economic system that grew from this insidious “industry” offered valuable insights for any student of this aspect of American history.

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BARBARA FIELDS (Santa Fe, US)
A Superb Overview of the Domestic Slave Trade

Dr. Bell presented an exciting, informative, and clear examination of the domestic slave trade, by turns edifying and horrifying. I am delighted to have participated in this seminar and will definitely study with Dr. Bell again

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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Martha Langer (Tel Aviv, IL)
America's domestic slave trade

It was an excellent presentation analyzing the subject from different and surprising angles seldom mentioned in related articles. It was timely and also heartbreaking.

V
Vivienne (San Diego, US)
Important topic, gripping seminar

This topic is so important because it is rarely talked about outside of academia. Most people may know about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but most do not know about the vast and brutal domestic slave trade that took place for about 60 years after Jefferson ended the international slave trade. Dr. Bell's seminar was gripping and painful and important, and as usual he was a compelling speaker and presented a masterful seminar.

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Deborah Wood (Los Angeles, US)
The Second Middle Passage: What it Meant To Be Enslaved in the US

Dr. Bell’s presentation was enlightening. Most people have not considered what it meant to live as an enslaved man, woman and child in the U.S. From the forced marches from the Up South to Deep South plantations and the economic system that grew from this insidious “industry” offered valuable insights for any student of this aspect of American history.

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BARBARA FIELDS (Santa Fe, US)
A Superb Overview of the Domestic Slave Trade

Dr. Bell presented an exciting, informative, and clear examination of the domestic slave trade, by turns edifying and horrifying. I am delighted to have participated in this seminar and will definitely study with Dr. Bell again