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Petersburg and the Atlantic World
In 2007-2008, the National Endowment for the Humanities funded a four part workshop sponsored by Virginia State University's Department of History and Philosphy and the Institute for the Study of Race Relations to investigate the role of Petersburg's African American communities in a global, historical context. The presentations and discussions from the workshops demonstrated, over and over again, that Petersburg’s African American history impacts our national and indeed our transnational narrative of the formation of this country, whether in the colonial Atlantic trade, the founding of Liberia, state and national politics after the Civil War, or contemporary economics. Understanding more about Petersburg’s history may help us better understand American history, and some of its typically overlooked themes, processes, and complexities. The presentations of the workshop participants can be found via the links below.
Workshop I: Slavery and the Emergence of the Atlantic Economy, 1619-1865.
Workshop II: Establishing Black Institutions and Leadership, 1776 to Early 20th Century.
Workshop III: War, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights, 1861 to 1960s.
Workshop IV: Education and Economics, 1950s to Present.