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We invite historians working on free and unfree workers in port cities to send in proposals for a workshop on May 6-7, 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh.
(Full CFP below.) Historians have long treated slave labor and free labor as mutually exclusive ideal types. Recent work has begun to challenge this view, yet research on the connections between free and unfree workers remains limited. Port cities are the perfect setting in which to explore a new, broader, more inclusive labor history for the period 1700-1850.