Rebecca A. Goetz
Assistant Professor of History
Email: Rebecca.A.Goetz  rice.edu Phone: x2548 Office: 331 Humanities
- Ph.D. Harvard University, 2006
- M.A. Harvard University, 2002
- B.A. Bates College, 2000
Areas of Interest
- Early North America
- History of Race and Slavery
- History of the Atlantic World
- History of American Religion
Research and Teaching
Dr. Goetz received her PhD in 2006 from Harvard University. A historian
of early North America, she specializes in the history of race and
slavery. She also has broad interests in the history of the Atlantic
World and in comparative colonialisms in North America and the
Caribbean. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level
on many aspects of early American history.
Her current work, a manuscript tentatively titled "Indian Enslavement
in the English Atlantic World, 1500-1700" examines English enslavement
of Indians in the first two centuries after contact. Focusing on the
Caribbean, the manuscript argues that Indian enslavement by the English
was widespread but concealed behind a liberationist ideology and the
mythology of the Black Legend. Indian slavery was nevertheless critical
to England's colonial goals, and was the foundation on which English
imperialism in the Americas rested. The practice of Indian enslavement
bound the continent and its islands together. Enslavement was a
constant, and a constant risk; it could affect native peoples in any
<p>While most recent studies have focused on the late seventeenth
and the eighteenth centuries, English colonists were actively and
critically involved in stimulating a trade in Indian slaves well before
the Carolina incarnation of the trade in 1670. (English people in
Carolina were able to build an Indian slave trade because they had prior
experience in the Caribbean.) Interest in Indian slaving was an early
and regular feature of English colonization attempts from the late
sixteenth century on, especially in the Caribbean, yet no studies have
explained English interest in enslaved Indians at this early
date. Uncovering English involvement in Indian slavery is a difficult task
methodologically since most English sources glossed over Indian
enslavement. The most revealing sources for the project are not in
English: French, Spanish, and Dutch sources are critical for uncovering
English involvement in the trade in enslaved Indian people.
Her first book, The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created
Race was published in August 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Those interested in studying early North America at the graduate level at Rice should contact Dr. Goetz directly.
- The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
- “Emanuel Driggus” in The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, vol. IV (forthcoming, 2009).
- “ 'The Child Should be Made a Christian’: Baptism, Race, and Identity in the Early Chesapeake,” in John Garrigus, ed., Race and Identity in the New World (Forthcoming, Texas A&M Press, 2009).
- “General Artemas Ward: A Revolutionary Remembered and Reinvented, 1800-1938,” The Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, October 2003.
|The Baptism of Virginia (2012)
||“General Artemas Ward:
A Revolutionary Remembered and
Reinvented, 1800-1938,” The Proceedings
of the American Antiquarian Society (2003)