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Barry Gaspar, Professor, History

Barry Gaspar
Contact Info:
Office Location:  306 Carr Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2109
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Class Bldg 229, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 217S.01, ICS 209S.01)
  • HISTORY 318.01, CARIBBEAN 1492-1700 Synopsis
    East Duke 204D, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 218.01, MEDREN 255.01)

Ph.D.Johns Hopkins University1974
MAJohn Hopkins University1972
M.A.Johns Hopkins University1972
B.A.University of West Indies (West Indies)1968

Race and Ethnicity
Legal History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Latin America and the Caribbean
Research Interests: Atlantic World

Dr. Gaspar concentrates on comparative slave systems, with a special interest in the development of slave society and the evolution of slave life in the United States and the Caribbean. The Atlantic Slave Trade, Atlantic history and culture, the legacy of slavery in post-slave societies, historical geography, colonial British America, and Caribbean and Afro-American history are also fields of major interest. He has published articles on slave resistance and social control. His study, Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master-Slave Relations in Antigua, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and he co-edited More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, published by Indiana University Press. He is currently working on transitions in patterns of slave revolt in the Caribbean and North America.


Atlantic • U.S. • Caribbean • History • Slavery

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Gaspar, B, A Dangerous Spirit of Liberty: Slave Rebellion in the West Indies in the 1730s, in Origins of the Black Atlantic, edited by Dubois, L; Scott, JS (2010), pp. 424 pages, Routledge, ISBN 1136096345  [abs]
  2. Gaspar, B, ’Subjects to the King of Portugal’: Captivity and Repatriation in the Slave Trade to Antigua, 1724, in The Creation of the British Atlantic World, edited by Shammas, C; Mancke, E (2005), Johns Hopkins University Press
  3. Gaspar, DB, "’Subjects to the King of Portugal’: Captivity and Repatriation in the Atlantic Slave Trade (Antigua 1724)", in The Creation of the British Atlantic World(, Forthcoming), edited by Mancke, E; Shammas, C (2005), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
  4. Gaspar, DB, Reviews of Books:The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade Robert Harms, American Historical Review, vol. 109 no. 1 (February, 2004), pp. 144-145, Oxford University Press (OUP), ISSN 0002-8762 [doi]
  5. David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine, Beyond Bondage: Free Women of Color in the Americas (2004), Urbana: University of Illinois Press