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Bowdoin's 1619 Project Event Series: 1. One Nation?

1619 Project Event Series

Bowdoin College History Department

Schedule of Events

"This four-event public programming series from the Bowdoin College History Department focuses on The 1619 Project, published last year by The New York Times Magazine."

Session #1
One Nation?: America's Origins
and Slavery's Unfinished Past
Session #2
Bodies on the Line:
Prisons and Health Care
Session #3
Deep Cuts: Structural Inequality
and Popular Culture
Plenary #4
The 1619 Project and Making
Sense of the 2020 Election
Friday, September 11, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Patrick Rael, Professor of History
  • Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
  • Connie Chiang, Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • Matthew Klingle, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies
  • David Hecht, Associate Professor of History
  • Page Herrlinger, Associate Professor of History
  • Rachel Sturman, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
  • Dallas Denery, Professor of History
  • Meghan Roberts, Associate Professor of History


  • Eighty-eight years: the long death of slavery in the United States, 1777-1865, by Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College (available at Bowdoin and Colby)
  • The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, edited by Rochelle Riley, forward by Nikole Hannah-Jones. (Available at Bates)
  • A Slaveholder's Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the early American Republic, by George William Van Cleve (ebook)
  • Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation, by John Majewski (ebook)
  • Slavery and American Economic Development, by Gavin Wright (Bowdoin and Bates)
  • The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 (Bowdoin and Colby)
  • The Racial Order, by Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond. (Available at Bates)
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Desmond (Available at Bowdoin, Colby and Bates)
  • Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, by Khalil Gilbran Muhammad (ebook)
  • Black Women's History in America, by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross (ebook)



  • The Long Shadow - How Slavery Continues to Impact American Society, Passion River Films.
    When two daughters of the South, Director Frances Causey and Producer Sally Holst, set out to find causes for the continuing racial divisions in the United States, they discovered that the politics of slavery didn't end after the Civil War.  In an astonishingly candid look at the history of anti-black racism in the United States, The Long Shadow traces the blunt imposition of white privilege and its ultimate manifestation-slavery. Causey and Holst conclude that, without a doubt, artifacts of slavery remain at work in American society today.
  • Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers, Inertia Films.
    In 1776, America was a place of extreme paradox. While our Founding Fathers were fighting for they own independence, many were also unashamed slave-owners. Indeed they were simultaneously promoting both liberty and slavery. Liberty & Slavery explores why the Founders and their slavery paradox is a lot more complicated than first imagined.


"Down Among de Sugar Cane", words by Arthur W French, music by Chas. D. Blake.

Primary Sources

A selection of materials that are mentioned in the readings or closely related materials.

General Databases

  • Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, via HeinOnline, "This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. [...] The library has hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery—defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it. We have gathered every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. We have provided more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century. We provide word searchable access to all Congressional debates from the Continental Congress to 1880. We have also included many modern histories of slavery."
  • North American Slave Narratives "collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920." The University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Government Publications


Other Primary Sources

Searching for Primary Sources in CBBcat

Suggested very broad keyword searches for primary sources in CBBcat (and similar databases):

[YOUR TOPIC OR NAME] AND (diaries OR diary OR correspondence OR letters OR interviews OR "personal narratives" OR "personal narrative" OR "oral histories" OR "oral history" OR autobiograph* OR memoir* OR sermon* OR speeches OR speech OR addresses OR address)

[YOUR TOPIC OR NAME] AND ("documentary histories" OR "documentary history" OR archives OR sources)

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