This site was originally created as part of a seminar on “The Black Atlantic” taught by Professors Ian Baucom and Laurent Dubois at Duke University during the Spring of 2014. Students in the class developed a series of “Deeps” — collaborative research papers on a range of topics — that are posted here.  Click here to see the readings syllabus for this course.

In the Spring of 2018, a new group of students in a course taught by Laurent Dubois will be posting writings about a Duke Performances series on The Black Atlantic on this blog.

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  1. WOW- how I wish I were taking this class! I am the author of “Queen Mother” a book that provides a powerful, hopeful and uplifting alternative to the finality of the Middle Passage.

    From Amazon.com:

    “Slavery is a tragedy that continues to haunt us. Consider the millions of Africans that did not even reach the Americas but died during the horrors of the Middle Passage. The world has yet to recover from the loss of two million souls, three million loved ones gone forever, four million lives brought to a final and violent end.

    Was the Middle Passage their last journey?

    Imagine that not all of those counted as dead are truly gone.

    Imagine that some of the bravest found freedom in a paradise beneath the ocean and joined others who chose to die rather than suffer through slavery.

    Imagine that they sent us a King.”

    I am convinced that students would enjoy reading “Queen Mother” and be able to partake in some AMAZING discussions!

    Good luck!

  2. I have some slave shackles with working lock and key.. I got these in Cadiz, Spain in 1975.
    I don’t know what to do with them. If you want pics. send me an Email and I wiil send.

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