Angela C. Sutton on the Pirate Battle That Birthed American Slavery
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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Andrew talks to Angela C. Sutton, author of Pirates of the Slave Trade, about the battle of Cape Lopez in 1722 and the birth of chattel slavery as an American institution.
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Angela Sutton is a social and digital historian of the Atlantic World interested in the tools and methods that preserve and widen access to the sources that help refine and redefine popular understandings of American slavery and its modern consequences. She is the director of the Fort Negley Descendants Project, an oral history archive of the descendants of the enslaved who built and defended Fort Negley, a local Civil War fortification on the UNESCO Slave Route. She has also managed projects and data with the Slave Societies Digital Archive at Vanderbilt. Her work on the intersections between slavery, memory, and the digital has appeared in The Historical Journal, the Afro-Hispanic Review, archipelagos, and Slavery & Abolition. Her most recent project involves the development of a database of the over 16,000 enslaved and free Black builders and defenders of Nashville’s Civil War Fortifications through the use of community-driven linked data, is being funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service.