The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade & Its Effect on the Igbo & Yoruba Cultures

A lecture by Matt D. Childs
Thursday, October 6, 2011
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

The Igbo and Yoruba peoples from the Bights of Benin and Biafra compromised roughly one-third of all enslaved Africans transported to the Americas. Professor Childs examines how the transatlantic slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries brought about the formation of a common identity in Africa among the Yoruba and Igbo peoples, and how their culture was both transferred and transformed in the Americas.

Matt D. Childs is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina, the author of The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery, and coeditor of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, and The Changing Worlds of Atlantic Africa. He is currently editing a volume on Igbos in the Atlantic world and writing another on the Afro-descendant population in Havana during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Oct. 6, 2011 - 6:00 PM