The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Dr. James Brewer Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History, Emeritus, at Macalester College and the founder and director of Historians Against Slavery, will speak on modern slavery and human trafficking, on April 6, 2012, at 4:15 p.m. in room 127 Kirner-Johnson Building, Hamilton College.
Dr. Stewart’s talk will focus on abolishing slavery in Lincoln’s time and ours as well as the development of a 21st century abolitionist movement. By some estimates there as many as 35 million enslaved people around the world today, some of them in our local communities. This figure is triple the number of enslaved in the Western Hemisphere when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. In Lincoln’s day, slavery provoked strenuous moral and political opposition. The abolitionist movement of that time was grass-roots, militant, headline grabbing, and extremely well organized. Today, no such movement exists.
James Brewer Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus, Macalester College retired in 2007 after four decades of teaching, writing and consulting on problems of slavery and emancipation in the history of the Western Hemisphere. He has written or edited eleven books and over fifty articles on these subjects and co-edits a book series devoted to the history of antislavery throughout the Atlantic World. Since retiring he has created Historians Against Slavery, an international organization of over 700 historians that promotes scholarship, teaching and activism in opposition to modern slavery and in support of modern abolition movements.