Ela Hefler (Davidson College class of 2017) – the East India Company was no less a slave trading company than the Royal African Company. In fact, throughout the years they overlapped in operation, the two British companies shared personnel, coastal infrastructure, and even occasionally traded with each other.
Winston Du – As Historian James Fichter illustrates in his book So Great a Proffit, American trade in the East Indies was not only voluminous, eclipsing that of almost every other western nation, but also historically significant. The success of these American merchants far from home, Fichter argues, profoundly shaped not only the political economy of the merchant’s own nation, but also that of America’s former mother country – Great Britain.
Janna Adelstein – The Medici family of the Italian Renaissance were portrayed in works by Benozzo Gozzoli and Sandro Botticelli as Magi, the venerated figures from the new testament who were the first gentiles to recognize Jesus’ divinity.
Nicholas Bunner – The chief force beyond internal US conflict in the nineteenth century, which repeatedly threatened the state of the Union and eventually drove the nation to civil war, was not the institution of slavery itself, not necessarily the
Kathryn Fuselier, Laura Grove, Janna Adelstein – The editors of the Vanderbilt Historical Review have been on several field trips to places where the stories of slavery have been memorialized. Both the Hermitage and the Carnton Plantation/Carter House are fascinating,