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David Beck Ryden has degrees in economics and history from Connecticut College (B.A.); the University of Delaware’s Collect of Business and Economics (M.A. in economics); and the University of Minnesota’s Department of History (Ph.D. in history). He is author of several articles on British American slave societies for Slavery and Abolition, the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Social Science History. He is also editor of The Promoters of the Slave Trade, a collection of pro-slavery pamphlets produced by West Indian planters during the age of abolition. The Economic History Association selected Ryden’s dissertation as a finalist for the Alexander Gershchenkron Prize. He was a postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in the Department of American Studies and History at Brunel University in London. At UHD Dr. Ryden teaches courses on Atlantic History, including Slavery in the Americas and The Colonization of America: Britain’s Atlantic Empire. He has also taught courses on comparative antislavery movements and the American Revolution. He is presently researching cotton farming in the Caribbean islands, African American Boatmen in the Anglophone World, and manumissions in Jamaica.
Ryden, David. West Indian Slavery and British Abolition, 1783-1807. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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