Rhode Island Chattel Slavery and Land with Marco McWilliams

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Monday, June 26th, 4-6pm ET

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During the 1700s the colony of Rhode Island, one founded on a notion of religious liberty, became the power center of the North American trade in enslaved Africans. This dynamic session considers the crucial role Rhode Island played as North America’s central slave trading colony and state, and what that meant for the historical formation of the Americas, as well as the modern world.

  • Overview of when RI as a colony entered into the slave trade as an industry and business
  • Monocrop culture as the central rearrangement of colonial land
  • RI’s role in creating chattel slavery as the legal mechanism of this process

At the end of Marco’s presentation, NESAWG will invite participants to a discussion on how this session connects to today’s land and food system in the Northeast region. What lessons can we learn about this history and mobilize to create the systems change needed? With this foundation that was laid out, how do we envision a farm and food system change rooted in love and what role should NESAWG be playing in the region?



Marco A. McWilliams is a Black Studies scholar and adjunct professor, a DEI/J and education consultant, and a movement-based organizer/educator. He is a published writer with nearly two decades of engaged scholarship work in convening diverse learning communities. He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and owner of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio where he teaches personal self-defense to marginalized communities.

You can learn more about Marco's work here.



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