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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Ned Sublette

Patrick Henry Writing Fellow, 2010-2011

Historian, musicologist and author Ned Sublette spent his fellowship working on a groundbreaking history of the mid-Atlantic port cities that supplied a steady flow of laborers to the slave markets of the Deep South. Sublette’s book, The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-breeding Industry (Chicago Review Press, 2016), explores this region as an actual slave coast, similar in character and function to the West African coast. While in Chestertown, Sublette gave two public performances and co-taught a course, “Cuba and Its Music,” with Assistant Professor of Music Kenneth Schweitzer.