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The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, a part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction.

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What's New at the Gilder Lehrman Center

Visualizing Slavery and British Culture in the Eighteenth Century
The Gilder Lehrman Center's 16th Annual International Conference, "Visualizing Slavery and British Culture in the Eighteenth Century," will be held November 7-8, 2014, at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. (more...)
White House to honor Yale professor, alumni with National Medals in arts, humanities
David Brion Davis "for reshaping our understanding of history. A World War II veteran, Davis has shed light on the contradiction of a free nation built by forced labor, and his examinations of slavery and abolitionism drive us to keep making moral progress in our time."(more...)
Frederick Douglass Book Prize Finalists
Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance has announced the finalists for the Sixteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, one of the most coveted awards for the study of the African-American experience. (Read more...)
Prison history is central to American history, Yale panel says
Mass incarceration has become the elephant in the room of modern American history, a panel of historians said Tuesday at Yale University. (Jim Shelton, New Haven Register, Apr 8, 2014) (more...)
Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, invites applications for a residential fellowship from scholars and public intellectuals to study the fundamental origins and circumstances surrounding debt bondage, forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery. (more...)
Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Gilder Lehrman Center is accepting applications for their 2012-13 Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (more...)
Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember
"We love being the country that freed the slaves," says historian David Blight. But "we're not so fond of being the country that had the biggest slave system on the planet." (NPR's Fresh Air, 10/24/13)(more...)
Ending Slavery in America
Historian and professor David Blight discusses the events leading up to the emancipation of slaves in America. (C-SPAN)(more...)
Sydney Nathans Wins the 15th Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize
Sydney Nathans, Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker. (more...)
March on Washington Legacy
Movie from the National Museum of African American History and Culture's exhibit, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 on view at the National Museum of American History December 14, 2012 - September 7, 2014.
Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal
Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center and the Instructional Technology Group, the Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal is designed to help researchers and students find primary source material related to slavery and its legacies within the university's many libraries and galleries.
Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade wins the 2011-12 Louis Gottschalk Prize
The Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by David Eltis and David Richardson was awarded the 2011-12 Louis Gottschalk Prize at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.