Christy Clark-Pujara: A History Of Rhode Island's Slave Economy

Feb 21, 2017

Christy Clark-Pujara is an assistant professor of history in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of the recent book "Dark Work: the Business of Slavery in Rhode Island." 

Her book is an examination of Rhode Island’s major role in the African slave trade, with an emphasis on how the broader economy depended on slavery. It comes at a time when the National Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project has local committees working on memorializing victims and survivors at four slave ports in the state: Newport, Providence, Bristol and Warren.

Clark-Pujara visited the University of Rhode Island last week, where she delivered a lecture on Rhode Island’s involvement in the slave trade. She took some time to sit down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman.