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Dr. Ryden’s research interest focuses upon slavery in the age of Revolution. He is author of the internationally recognized book, West Indian Slavery and British Abolition (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which challenges the conventional wisdom regarding the political and economic motivations behind the final decision to abolish the British slave trade in 1807. He has made presentations on slavery and abolition at a number of centers for Atlantic World research, including the John Carter Brown Library (Brown University), Columbia University, the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), Oxford University, the University of Minnesota, and, most recently, the University of the West Indies, Mona. Presently, he is continuing his research on the West India sugar lobby as well as beginning new research on manumission (the voluntary freeing of slaves) and the free population-of-color in eighteenth-century Jamaica. Professor Ryden teaches courses on Colonial American History, Slavery in the Americas, Abolition, British History, and U.S. History.
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