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Fall 2013 Faculty Cafe Series: Dr. Evelyn Jennings

9/20/13 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sykes Common Room

At this Faculty Cafe, Dr. Jennings will speak on "Sinews of Spain's American Empire: Forced Labor in Colonial Cuba."

This presentation examines forced labor in colonial Cuba as a cornerstone of Spanish policy in the Americas to see who did the work to establish, maintain, and defend the empire and how the state recruited and deployed labor for both political and economic purposes. It concludes that the relationships of the empire's many workers with the imperial state shaped ideas about loyalty, rights, and freedom that sometimes challenged, but often sustained imperial bonds for over 300 years.