2000 Schedule

The Arming of Slaves from the Ancient World to the American Civil War

November 16-18, 2000
Yale University and Omni Hotel, New Haven

Keynote Address, by Prof. David Brion Davis


Thursday, November 16

3:30 - 5:00 Registration
5:00 - 7:00 Reception
8:15 - 9:00 Keynote Address
  • David Brion Davis, Director, Gilder Lehrman Center and Professor of History, Yale University

Friday, November 17

8:00 - 9:00 Continental breakfast and Registration
9:00 - 11:00 Session 1: The Arming of Slaves in Classical and Islamic Societies
  • Thomas Wiedemann, Director, International Centre for the History of Slavery and Professor of History, Nottingham University
    “The Slave As Non-Citizen: The Classical and Late Antique Worlds”
  • Daniel Pipes, Editor, Middle East Quarterly
    “Slave Soldiers and Islam”
  • Comment: Donald Kagan, Yale University
12:00 Independent Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 Session 2: The Arming of Slaves in the Carribean
  • David Geggus, University of Florida
    “The Arming of Slaves in the Haitian Revolution”
  • Laurent Dubois, University of Michigan
    “Citizen-Soldiers: Emancipation and Military Service in the Revolutionary French Caribbean”
  • Comment: Jerome S. Handler, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
4:00 Coffee Break
4:30 - 6:30 Session 3: Slavery and Defense in Colonial Borderlands
  • Jennifer Baszile, Yale University
    “Armed Slaves and Colonial Crisis: Indian Wars in Colonial Southeastern North America”
  • Peter Voelz, Eastern Illinois University
    “Armed Slaves Below the Border”
  • Comment: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
7:00 Dinner

Saturday, November 18

8:00 - 9:00 Continental breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 Session 4: Military Uses of Slaves in New World Revolutions
  • Robert Olwell, History Department, University of Texas
    “Portrait of the Slave Master as Revolutionary: White Liberty, Black Slavery, and Military Service in South Carolina, 1775 - 1783”
  • Philip Morgan, College of William and Mary and Co-Winner, 1999 Frederick Douglass Book Prize
    “The Arming of Slaves in the American Revolution”
  • Comment: Andrew O’Shaughnessy, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
11:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Session 5: The American Civil War
  • Leslie Rowland, Director, Freedmen and Southern Society Project, University of Maryland
    “The Recruitment and Service of Slaves in the Union Army”
  • Frank Deserino, University of London
    “The Notion of Black Loyalty Under Fire: An Analysis of Black Confederate Pensions”
  • Comment: Catherine Clinton, Baruch College
3:00 Coffee Break
3:30 Summation
  • David Brion Davis, Director, Gilder Lehrman Center and Professor of History, Yale University
7:00 Pre-booked conference dinner at Caff� Adulis.