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Amazing Grace: The Tumultuous Fight for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Professor Mark Hanna

This lecture will explore the tumultuous history of the abolition of the British and American slave trade. Beginning in the early eighteenth century, a small group of writers began to question the morality of the trade in human cargo. During the age of Atlantic revolutions, writers, judges, politicians, and activists finally succeeded in abolishing the trade in Britain and America in 1807 and 1808. The trade nevertheless continued illegally during the early nineteenth century, with some in the south suggesting its revival during the years preceding the American Civil War.

Instructor: Mark G. Hanna is Associate Professor of History at UC San Diego. His work focuses on piracy, smuggling, and other illicit activities in early America and the British Empire. He is the founding Associate Director of UCSD’s Institute of Arts & Humanities, and Robert and Laura Kyle Endowed Chair of Maritime History at the San Diego Maritime Museum. He has received Distinguished Teaching and Outstanding Professor awards at UCSD. His book, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. He received his BA from Yale and his PhD from Harvard.

Coordinator: Candace Gietzen

Course Number: OSHR-70070   Credit: 0 units


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