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John C. Coombs


John C. Coombs is Professor of History at Hampden-Sydney College. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1989 and his PhD. from the College of William and Mary in 2004. His research focuses on early America, specifically the politics, economy, society, and culture of the colonial Chesapeake. He is the co-editor, with Dr. Douglas Bradburn, of Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion, and his latest work, The Rise of Virginia Slavery, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press as part of the Early American Histories series that Professor Coombs co-edits with Dr. Bradburn and Professor S. Max Edelson of the University of Virginia.

Intertwined Stories: The Origins of Slavery in Virginia

April 4, 2022

In Intertwined Stories , we’re taking a deeper dive into the history behind the podcast Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon by bringing you extended versions of some of the interviews with…

Episode 1: Passages

Nov. 15, 2021

Episode 1: “Passages” Sambo Anderson was just a boy when he was captured in West Africa, survived the Middle Passage, and purchased by an ambitious George Washington sometime in the late 1760s. During his years of enslavemen…