Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. Though the United States did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. Dr. Jeffries is back to examine the development of enslavement in the Americas and the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.
Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Midwood High School in 1990, he headed south, enrolling at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s leading institution for educating African American men. He earned an MA in American history in 1997, and a PhD in American history with a specialization in African American history in 2002, both from Duke University. Since arriving at Ohio State, Hasan has taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, and surveys in African American and American history.