Greg Carroll will present the talk "Slavery in Virginia: 1619-1860" at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The program is free and open to the public.
Carroll will address the development and spread of slavery from Virginia's early years to the Civil War. He will discuss how the slavery system in Virginia differed from the types of slavery practiced in South Carolina, the Caribbean, South America and even the serfdom techniques used in Russia. Carroll will delve into the main aspects of slavery in economic and social terms. He also will explain the contradictions that the system fostered, especially in Virginia, and how the reliance on a slave economy in the southern states split the U.S. in 1860 and brought about the Civil War.
Carroll is a graduate of Marshall University. He was a staff historian for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Archives and History Section for 23 years until his retirement in October 2012. His primary focus was on Native Americans, African Americans and Civil War history.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.