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First Name
Alexis
Last Name
Guilbault
Affiliation
Indiana University, Bloomington
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Keywords
United States history, Native American and Indigenous Studies, History of Slavery,
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About Me

I am a PhD Candidate at Indiana University completing a dissertation on slavery, broadly conceived, in the Ohio River Valley. Here, Native American, British, Spanish, French, and later American enslavers held white, Native, and black individuals as slaves from before the colonial era through the dawn of the U.S. Civil War in 1861. I conclude that the Ohio River’s storied history as the border between the “free North” and the “slave south” obscures longer, more complex histories of bondage and the region’s Native pasts. I link Native and Euro-American enslavers and the shared experiences of their diverse slaves, featuring individuals often excluded from the category of slave, such as white individuals “adopted” as children by Native families, alongside more familiar agricultural slavery and oft-overlooked industrial slavery and slave hiring, which dominated the Ohio River landscape in the nineteenth century.

I earned my M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my B.A. in History from North Central College.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Indigenous Peoples, Race, Slavery