UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Alan Olmstead, University of California, Davis

The Smithsonian Institution and Slavery

Date and Location

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM
ARE Conference Room, 2102 Social Sciences and Humanities



he presentation will deal with the impact of cotton production and slavery on U.S . development. The research shows that the Smithsonian’s coverage of slavery is largely fiction. In the process, the presentation explores the dynamics of southern agricultural development between roughly 1800 and 1862. The historical evidence bears crucially on the 1619 Project, on arguments for reparations, and much more. The presentation is guaranteed to be controversial and convincing. It deals explicitly with the battle between evidence and reason vs. alternative facts.

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