Co-sponsored by the Cleveland State University Department of History
and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies
In 1986, Allan Kulikoff published Tobacco & Slaves, a reassessment of the Chesapeake region. In it, Kulikoff examined how race, class, and gender shaped social relations between white and Black inhabitants of eighteenth-century Virginia and Maryland. Time has hardly diminished the importance of this work and it remains a starting point for scholars of the early modern Chesapeake. However, Kulikoff was, in one sense, just getting started. He also published The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism and From British Peasants to Colonial Farmers, in which he made clear the links between capitalism, race, gender, and agrarian production.