Barry Gaspar

Barry Gaspar

Professor with Tenure

External address: 
306 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2109


Dr. Gaspar concentrates on comparative slave systems, with a special interest in the development of slave society and the evolution of slave life in the United States and the Caribbean. The Atlantic Slave Trade, Atlantic history and culture, the legacy of slavery in post-slave societies, historical geography, colonial British America, and Caribbean and Afro-American history are also fields of major interest. He has published articles on slave resistance and social control. His study, Bondmen and Rebels: A Study of Master-Slave Relations in Antigua, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, and he co-edited More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, published by Indiana University Press. He is currently working on transitions in patterns of slave revolt in the Caribbean and North America.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1974

  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University 1972

  • B.A., University of West Indies (West Indies) 1968

Gaspar, B. "Slave Life and Sugar Production in Antigua Slave Society before 1800." In in proceedings of a conference–Cultivation Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas–held at the University of Maryland at College Park, April 12-14, 1989,edited by I Berlin and P Morgan. University of Virginia Press, 1992.

Gaspar, B. "The Slave Trade, Resistance, and Compensation in Antigua in the 1720s." In in proceedings of a conference–The Slave Trade: Who Won and Who Lost–held at the University of Rochester, October 21-23, 1988,edited by SL Engerman and J Inikori. Duke University Press, 1992.

Gaspar, B, and Trouillot, M. "Afterword." In Babouk,edited by SG Endore. Monthly Review Pr, January 1, 1991. (Afterword)

Gaspar, B. "Antigua Slaves and Their Struggle to Survive." In Seeds of Change: A Ouincentennial Commemoration,edited by HJ Viola and C Margolis, 130-37. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991.


Gaspar, B. "Review of Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson." American Literature 74 (September 2002): 637-638.

Gaspar, B. "Working the System: Antigua Slaves and Their Struggle to Live." Slavery and Abolition 13 (December 1992): 131-155.

Gaspar, DB. "Slavery, amelioration, and Sunday markets in Antigua, 1823–1831." Slavery & Abolition 9, no. 1 (May 1988): 1-28. Full Text

Gaspar, B. "Review of Slave emancipation in Cuba: the transition to free labor, 1860-1899 by Rebecca J. Scott." Nieuwe West-Indische Gids / New West Indian Guide 61 (January 1987): 195-197.

Gaspar, B. "A Mockery of Freedom: The Status of Freedmen in Antigua Slave Society before 1760." New West Indian Guide 59 (1985): 135-148. (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "’To Bring Their Offending Slaves to Justice’: Slave Compensation and Resistance in Antigua 1632-1763." Caribbean Quarterly 30 (September 1984): 45-59. (Academic Article)

Gaspar, B. "Review of Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies by Michael Craton." The William and Mary Quarterly 40 (October 1983): 624-626. Full Text


Spring 2018

War, Slavery, And Revolution (HISTORY 319)
East Duke 204D, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2017

Gtwy: History Of Calypso (HISTORY 172S)
Branson 202, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
Caribbean 1492-1700 (HISTORY 318)
French Sci 2237, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM

Spring 2017

Gtwy: History Of Calypso (HISTORY 172S)
Friedl Bdg 118, MW 06:15 PM-07:30 PM
Caribbean-18Th Century (HISTORY 319)
East Duke 204D, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM

Fall 2016

Caribbean 1492-1700 (HISTORY 318)
East Duke 108, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM
Emergence Of Atlantic Basin (HISTORY 315S)
Soc/Psych 128, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Spring 2016

Caribbean-18Th Century (HISTORY 319)
West Duke 106, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM

Spring 2015

Cap Sem: Intercolonial Relatns (HISTORY 456S)
West Duke 202, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Caribbean-18Th Century (HISTORY 319)
West Duke 106, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Fall 2014

Emergence Of Atlantic Basin (HISTORY 315S)
Carr 229, M 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Friedl Bdg 118, W 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Caribbean 1492-1700 (HISTORY 318)
Biddle 104, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

Spring 2014

Caribbean-18Th Century (HISTORY 319)
Friedl Bdg 240, MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
Cap Sem: Intercolonial Relatns (HISTORY 456S)
Carr 241, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM