March 5, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Walter Johnson ’88, a professor of history at Harvard University, will speak on “‘The Negro Fever,’ the South, and the Ignoble Effort to Re-Open the Atlantic Slave Trade” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Black Studies Department at Amherst College with the help of the History Department, American Studies Department and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship Fund, Johnson’s talk is free and open to the public.

Johnson received a B.A. degree in history from Amherst College in 1988, a postgraduate diploma in history from the University of Cambridge in 1989 and a Ph.D. in American history from Princeton University in 1995. He has also been a member of the Society of Fellows at New York University (NYU), a Goddard Fellow at NYU, a Mellon Fellow in Cultural Studies at Wesleyan University, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and an ACLS-Burkhardt Fellow.

Johnson is the author of the prize-winning Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (1999), The Chattel Principle: Internal Slave Trades in the Americas (2005) and the forthcoming River of Dark Dreams: Slavery, Capitalism, and Imperialism in the Mississippi Valley.