Interview with Diane Mutti Burke about her book, On Slavery’s Border

On Slavery’s Border is a bottom-up examination of how slavery and slaveholding were influenced by both the geography and the scale of the slaveholding enterprise. Diane Mutti Burke focuses on the Missouri counties located along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to investigate small-scale slavery at the level of the household and neighborhood.

This interview with Diane Mutti Burke is the first in a series of videos with EAP authors. In each video, the authors are asked three questions:

1) Why did you focus your research on this particular place/area/region?

2) Please tell us a little more about your book.

3) Is your study specific to your area or is it applicable to other places/area/regions?

Stay tuned for our next video which will feature Michele Reid-Vazquez talking about her book, The Year of the Lash.

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, Rice University