Christa specializes in the history of plantations in Age of Revolutions, with a special focus on Jefferson. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 2008. Her forthcoming book, "Improving Slavery or Ending Slavery in Jeffersonian America, 1770-1840" (University of Virginia Press) interrogates planters' visions of progressive slave societies in Virginia, South Carolina, and the British Caribbean. Since 2006, she has conceptualized and written exhibitions for Monticello, including "The Boisterous Sea of Liberty" and "The Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello." She is also co-author of "Thomas Jefferson's Worlds," the introductory film at Monticello. Currently, she teaches in the U.Va. history department and works at Monticello's Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Slavery’s definition is also its crime – it is the ultimate denial of personhood. For decades, historians have worked to restore the humanity denied to the millions of Africans who were forcibly brought to the Americas in the holds of slave ships and then made to endure the violence and coercion of a slave system that rmore »