Center to Present Lecture on Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery in the Age of Possibilism by Robert Paquette Oct. 24

by Public Relations | Oct 01, 2018

Sept. 24, 2018

Robert PaquetteThe Center for Political and Economic Thought of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government will host Robert Paquette at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. Paquette’s talk is titled, “Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery in the Age of Possibilism.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Paquette received a Ph.D. with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester. He has published extensively on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history. His essay “Of Facts and Fables: New Light on the Denmark Vesey Affair” (co-authored with Douglas Egerton) won the Malcolm C. Clark Award, given by the South Carolina Historical Society. He has published (with Stanley Engerman) The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion (1996); (with Louis A. Ferleger) Slavery, Secession and Southern History (2000); (with Stanley Engerman and Seymour Drescher) Slavery (2001); (with Mark M. Smith) The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (2010); and with Rebecca J. Fox, Unbought Grace:  An Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Reader (2011). His recently published The Denmark Vesey Affair: A Documentary History (2017), co-authored with Douglas Egerton, received the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. In 2005, the University of Rochester invited him to return to his alma mater to receive the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement. In 2007, Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2014, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation awarded him the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom. Paquette held the Publius Virgilius Rogers Chair in American History at Hamilton College.

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