• King Cotton: The Art and the Power

    April 19
    April 19

    Lecture by Gene Dattel, Author and Financial Historian 

    Elizabeth H. Remington, The Two Kings: Corn and Cotton, 1876, Oil on canvas, 36 × 26 in. Clara S. Peck Fund Purchase. 2015.2. The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    6 – 7 p.m. | Presentation
    7 – 8 p.m. | Reception

    Rockwell Members: Free; Students with ID: $5; Not-Yet-Members: $10

    Online registration has closed for this event.  Ticket sales will continue at the door starting at 5:30 p.m.  Due to restrictions set forth by the New York State Liquor Authority, day of event registrants cannot attend the reception (not applicable to Rockwell members).

    Cotton arrived on the American industrial scene as an economic tornado that blindsided the founding fathers. Without the astronomical surge in cotton production, slavery would have reached its limits in the early nineteenth century.  Beginning in 1800, slaves cultivated cotton for sixty years, and even after emancipation, African Americans continued to serve as cotton laborers for one hundred years.  The African American experience and cotton were inextricably linked throughout much of our nation’s history.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about Dattel’s forthcoming book, Reckoning with Race: America’s Greatest Failure, which will be published in Fall 2017. 

    As a tribute to the painting The Two Kings: Corn and Cotton by Elizabeth Remington, Gene Dattel will provide the fascinating and critical historical context of the subject matter.  Mr. Dattel is the author of the acclaimed book, Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Cost of Economic Power.  After a twenty-year career as a managing director at Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley, Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian.


    About the Speaker

    Gene Dattel grew up in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta. He has given numerous presentations based on his widely acclaimed book, Cotton and Race in the Making of America to a diverse group of public and private audiences from Massachusetts to Florida. Dattel studied history at Yale and law at Vanderbilt. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in financial capital markets as a managing director at Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. Fifteen of those years were spent working in financial markets overseas – in London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. A consultant to major financial institutions and the Pentagon, he established a reputation as a foremost authority on Asian economies. His The Sun that Never Rose (1994) remains the definitive work on Japanese financial institutions in the 1980s. He serves as an independent consultant for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (2017). Mr Dattel is now a New York/Connecticut-based financial historian who lectures widely.



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