Robert Colby in conversation with Kathryn McKee for An Unholy Traffic

Please join Square Books in welcoming author Robert Colby for his new book An Unholy Traffic: Slave Trading in the Civil War South, Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30 PM at Off Square Books. Colby will be in conversation with Kathryn McKee, University of Mississippi professor and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

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About the Book

An Unholy Traffic chronicles the previously-untold story of the domestic slave trade's persistence during the American Civil War. Between Fort Sumter to Appomattox, Confederates bought and sold thousands of African American men, women, and children. These transactions in humanity made the internal slave trade a cornerstone of Confederate society, a bulwark of the Rebel economy, and a central part of the experience of the Civil War for all inhabiting the American South. Slave commerce shaped the ways Confederates fought the war, how civilians confronted the hardships of wartime life, and the choices available to African Americans as they pursued freedom. It thus offers a new perspective on the American cataclysm and the new birth of freedom it ushered in.

About the Author

Robert Colby is an award-winning scholar and teacher of United States history. His work on the domestic slave trade during the Civil War has won the Society of American Historians' Allan Nevins Prize and the Anthony Kaye Memorial Essay Award and Anne J. Bailey Prize from the Society of Civil War Historians. Originally from Virginia (where he grew up walking Civil War battlefields), he is now an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi.

About the Conversation Partner

Kathryn McKee is the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and McMullan Professor of Southern Studies and Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. She is co-editor, with Deborah Barker, of American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, and her articles have appeared in various journals, including American Literature, Legacy, Southern Literary Journal, and Mississippi Quarterly. She has a PhD in American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. McKee’s areas of scholarly research include nineteenth-century American literature, the literature and culture of the nineteenth-century U.S. South, writing by women, global south studies, film studies, and humor studies.

An Unholy Traffic: Slave Trading in the Civil War South By Robert K. D. Colby Cover Image
ISBN: 9780197578261
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 5th, 2024

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 5:30pm
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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