A Columbia Family: The Codwise Family

So often, the history of slavery is thought to exist peripheral to the history of America, its universities, and its families. And when slavery is discussed in terms of its being central to these histories, such a discussion is usually limited to those Americans who lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. And even when this is not the case - when slavery is explored not as a sectional phenomena, but one that spanned and linked both North and South - rarely does its mention go beyond the territorial boundaries of the United States. The Codwise family, with members in New York, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, and St. Croix, offers up incontrovertible proof that Columbia’s connection to slavery must be understood in both a transectional and transnational context.



Daniel Echikson