Beyond Sweetness: New Histories of Sugar in the Early Atlantic World
Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Please note that registration for the conference sessions has closed, but you may still reserve for the Sunday morning tour tour of the John Brown House (more information below).
If you are still interested in attending the conference, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Beyond Sweetness: New Histories of Sugar in the Early Atlantic World” will evaluate the current state of scholarship on sugar, as well as move beyond it by considering alternative consumer cultures and economies. Given its importance, sugar as a topic still pervades scholarship on the Americas and has been treated in many recent works about the Caribbean, Brazil, and other regions. This conference thus will serve as an occasion for the assessment of new directions in the study of sugar.
Registration deadline is October 1, 2013.
Please visit the CONFERENCE WEBSITE for the program, information on accomodations, and other information.
Space is still available for:
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, TOUR OF THE JOHN BROWN HOUSE AND PRESENTATION BY MORGAN GREFE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Tour and Program at John Brown House Museum (owned and operated by the Rhode Island Historical Society)
This program will include a tour of John Brown’s 1788 home, one of early America’s grandest mansions, and Rhode Island’s most famous 18th century home. The tour will highlight John Brown’s successes as a wealthy businessman, patriot, politician, slave trader, and China Trade pioneer, and describe the Brown family’s experiences in the home during pre-Civil War America. A greater emphasis will be given to the Brown family’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, especially in the “Forgotten History: Rhode Island and The Slave Trade” exhibit. We will engage in the debates between John Brown and his brother Moses, an ardent abolitionist and explore the wider context of the reality of slavery in Rhode Island.
After a 45-minute Museum tour, RIHS Executive Director Dr. C. Morgan Grefe will then present on the many resources available at the Historical Society for further research on Rhode Island’s role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, ranging from family papers and business papers related to commerce in the West Indies, to specific pieces of material culture within our collections. Grefe will also discuss examples of RIHS public programs that have been developed using such primary sources to serve as a model for education purposes at your own site or classroom.
When & Where
The John Carter Brown Library
The John Carter Brown Library is a private, non-profit, independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901.