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One rarely associates fashion with slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In fact, fashion, which all its connotations of autonomy and self-determination, can be seen as the antithesis of slavery, the most extreme form of deprivation of freedom and selfhood. Yet, from 1619 to abolition, enslaved peoples in the U.S. (and across the Americas) used fashion to fight for greater freedom and express their multifarious identities. Join Dr. Jonathan Square in his lectures that teases out the relationship between the institution of slavery and the fashion system.

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