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Sean Gallagher


My dissertation, "Working the Master's Revolution: Enslaved Life and Labor in the Revolutionary South," investigates enslaved people's experiences of public and military labor during the American Revolution. I explore the social worlds black men and women made at sites of public labor, specifically iron forges and lead mines in the Chesapeake, the Charles Town waterfront, and Continental Army camps. Framing labor mobilization as a form of slave governance, my project studies the logistics of war production as a political intervention in the lives of African and African American peoples in North America, 1775-1783.