Christopher Todd

Christopher Todd

Christopher Todd

A native of the New York Tri-State area, Christopher Todd is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas located in the city of Denton. 

He received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2019 where he specialized in the history of slavery and labor in the early modern Atlantic World. He received his BA in History and in Political Science from New York University in 1999.

While at the Warren Center, Christopher will be working on his book manuscript titled “The Slaves’ Money: Bondage, Freedom and Social Change in Jamaica, 1776-1838.” His manuscript is an attempt to understand and account for the distinctive features of slave resistance and political consciousness in the British Caribbean during the period that roughly corresponds to the Age of Democratic Revolutions. Generated by the outbreak of the Baptist Rebellion of 1831/2, the second largest slave rebellion in the New World and the rebellion that led to British slave emancipation, the manuscript argues that the contingent forces unleashed in the wake of the American Revolution helped to draw slaves in the British West Indies (and, by extension, the entirety of the Anglo-Atlantic world) more forcefully into the market order in ways that ultimately helped to reshape their subjectivity and politics. Utilizing archival and published primary sources, Christopher offers a fresh interpretation of the Baptist Rebellion that situates its outbreak against the interplay between the forces of a changing world economy and the local adaptations by the enslaved themselves.

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