Professor Jack Trammell
Randolph-Macon College Professor and Director of
Disability Support Services Jack Trammell will discuss his latest book,
The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion (The
History Press, 2012), at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in the Washington
Room, Washington-Franklin Hall. A book signing will follow the lecture. This
event is free and open to the public.
Few people appreciate the extent to which the American slave economy fueled national
industrialization and an encompassing continental economic growth. After the ban
on the international slave trade in 1808, the North American slave trade gravitated
and eventually centered along Wall Street in Richmond, Virginia. The capitalized
value of slave labor became as important as the dollar itself, a commodity to be
loaned, bought and sold, speculated on, and eventually even serving as a means of
financing a fratricidal Civil War. Learn more about this trade, and in the process,
challenge some of the sacred myths that still persist about the history of slavery
In addition to his work as the director of Disability Support Services in R-MC’s
Higgins Academic Center, Trammell
is also the director of the Honors Program
and teaches part-time in the Sociology Department.
He earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Trammell is the author of several books, including the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian
Writers, Silas House Volume II and Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times
of a Vanishing Virginia River. In 2009 he won the Virginia Writer’s
Club award for non-fiction for his Reflections of a Southern Gentleman Farmer,
a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children on his small farm
in Louisa County.
This event is sponsored by the R-MC Departments of History,
Black Studies, and
Trammell's book is available at the R-MC Bookstore,
and will be available for purchase at the lecture for $19.99 plus tax.