"This timely and innovative study of of slavery and African American life in Rhode Island reveals the simultaneous development of slavery and capitalism in the Age of Revolution. Especially eye-opening are the sagas of white Rhode Island families profiting from the Atlantic slave trade and internal commerce after the American Revolution. Countering the financial power of local powers of slavery were the continued struggles, fully explored through the Civil War by Christy Clark-Pujara, by African Americans to create community and expand their civil rights."
—Graham Russell Gao Hodges, George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies, Colgate University
"It is well-known that Rhode Island's mercantile and manufacturing economies served the larger Atlantic plantation complex, but Clark-Pujara asks an important new question: how did the black freedom struggle unfold in a place materially invested and implicated in the expansion of human bondage across in the Americas? Clark-Pujara reconstructs the lives and livelihoods of black Rhode Islanders, for whom the violence of enslavement, the prospects of emancipation, and the limits of freedom unfolded in accordance with the demands for food in the Caribbean, for slaves in the Carolinas, and for clothing in Louisiana."
—Seth Rockman, Brown University
"This superb work should be read by anyone interested in early American race relations or New England history."
“Overall, Christy Clark-Pujara’s Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island is thought-provoking.”
—The New England Quarterly
“Dark Work is an excellent study on the importance of slavery in the economy of Rhode Island.”
"[This] author's sharply focused monograph exploring the impact of slavery on Rhode Island's black population is a valuable addition to the historiography that now assumes the centrality of slavery in the North and the compatibility therein of capitalism and slavery."
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