C-SPAN Coverage of Reflections on Inequality Conference: Slavery, Indentured Servitude, and Race

Friday, April 21, 2017

Professor Gunther Peck, Associate Professor of History and Public Policy Studies at Duke University, talked about the complex history of slavery, indentured servitude, and the concept of race during his keynote address entitled: "Race Traffic: Historicizing the Origins of White Racial Victimhood." Professor Peck explained that language-based definitions of race born out of the early colonial slave trade shaped the way that whites saw themselves. He also argued that the creation of “white identity” made servitude politicized, which in turn lead to the rise of white supremacy. 

The keynote address was delivered as a part of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity research symposium in Washington, D.C., on March 14-17, 2017 entitled "Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments: A Research Symposium on the Social and Economic Outcomes of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments." The conference was devoted to characterizing the state of knowledge and identification of critical new directions for research in the social and behavioral sciences, and on economic inequality in the context of the impact of the Reconstruction Amendments. Conferees included interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students, senior scholars who are historians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists from Duke University and other institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area and across the United States. The event was held held at the National Archives Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, giving participants the opportunity to see historical documents related to the period.

Watch the full video here