• am2017_candacy_taylor

    ACLS Fellow Candacy Taylor presented her research on "The Negro Motorist Green Book" at the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting 

  • ACLSfellowJohnMurphy

    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow John Murphy leading a tour of his exhibit

  • Bookcase_new

    Browse recent titles by ACLS fellows on Pinterest.

Casey Schmitt F'17

Casey Schmitt

Doctoral Candidate
History
College of William & Mary
last updated: 09/25/17

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2017
Doctoral Candidate
History
College of William & Mary
Bound among Nations: Labor Coercion in the Early-Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

Using English, French, and Spanish sources from Europe and the Caribbean, this project is a social history of the early-seventeenth-century Anglo- and Franco-Caribbean. It uncovers the origins of debates over who could be coerced to perform what kind of labor by focusing on transnational negotiations over escaped laborers and kidnapped subjects. The project also shows that European officials applied nascent theories of the law of nations to create a transnational legal system for controlling labor. This process was instrumental in creating the legal basis for race-based slavery essential to the Americas until the nineteenth century.