Christy Clark-Pujara, author of “Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island” will be coming to Rhode Island and giving two public talks (books will be available for purchase and signing). She will be speaking on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.(registration link)  at the John Carter Brown Library, 94 George St., Providence. She will also be speaking on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.(registration link), at URI, 45 Upper College Road, Kingston.  

Christy Clark-Pujara is an Assistant Professor of History in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is particularly interested in retrieving the hidden and unexplored histories of African Americans in areas that historians have not sufficiently examined—small towns and cities in the North and Midwest. She recently published “Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island” (NYU Press, 2016), which examines how the business of slavery—economic activity that was directly related to the maintenance of slaveholding in the Americas, specifically the buying and selling of people, food, and goods—shaped the experience of slavery, the process of emancipation, and the realities of black freedom in Rhode Island from the colonial period through the American Civil War. This speech is part of the URI exhibit and education program you can explore at the links above.