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October Tuesday

The Impact of Slavery and the Myth of the Free North


The legacy of slavery is not confined to any one place or time in America.

The slave economy is often associated with images of Southern plantations, but it played a major role in the Northern states and cities nationwide, becoming a fundamental building block of the country. Cornell University professor Edward Baptist and NYU professor Michele Mitchell discuss the history of the institution of slavery, what was different between its incarnations in the North and the South, and what was tragically similar. Moderated by BHS Vice President of Curatorial Affairs & Collections, Julie Golia.

This program is presented as part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History initiative, an immersive series of reflection, analysis, and discussion acknowledging our nation’s unresolved history of slavery.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
reserve tickets


  • Oct 15 Edward Baptist

    Edward Baptist

    Edward Baptist is professor of history at Cornell University. His extensive writings on the history of enslavement in America include The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.

  • Oct 15 Michele Mitchell

    Michele Mitchell

    Michele Mitchell is associate professor of history at NYU whose areas of research include the African Diaspora. Her book Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction has been praised as ‘mandatory reading for historians of African American history.’

  • Oct 15 Julie Golia

    Julie Golia

    Julie Golia is the vice president of collections and cura­torial affairs at Brooklyn Historical Society, curator of the current BHS exhibitions Waterfront and Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health, and co-host of the BHS podcast Flatbush+Main.

Special thanks to our 400 Years of Inequality programming partners Text

This series is made possible through the generous support of Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin, Sylvia and Byron Lewis, Margaret Seiler and Hovey Brock, Alexandra Bowie and Daniel Richman, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and donors to BHS’s Race and History Fund.