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A CONVERSATION WITH JOSHUA D. ROTHMAN The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America

Thursday, May 13 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join Joshua Rothman, author of the stunning new book The Ledger and the Chain, and the Library of Virginia’s Gregg Kimball in a virtual discussion about the rise of domestic slave trading as a grimly efficient business in the antebellum era and how its impact still reverberates today. Virginia history is often associated with stately antebellum mansions, Civil War battlefields, and monuments to military leaders, but one key aspect of its 19th-century history has largely been banished from the landscape and popular memory—a trade that sold more than a half-million enslaved men and women from the Upper South to the Deep South. Rothman, chair of the department of history at the University of Alabama, is the author of two prize-winning books, Flush Times and Fever Dreams and Notorious in the Neighborhood. For more information, contact Emma Ito at or 804.692.3726.

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