Safe harbour? Securing freedom in the diaspora of the Haitian revolution: Kingston, Baracoa, New Orleans

Safe harbour? Securing freedom in the diaspora of the Haitian revolution: Kingston, Baracoa, New Orleans

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
the Rothermere American Institute, 1A South Parks Road, Oxford
Speaker(s): 
Rebecca J.Scott
Convenor: 
Eduardo Posada-Carbo
Series: 
Latin American History Seminar

Rebecca J. Scott is the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan.  Her most recent book, co-authored with Jean M. Hébrard, is Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2012), which traces one family's interaction with law and official documents across five generations, from West Africa to the Americas to Europe. Freedom Papers was awarded the 2012 Albert Beveridge Book Award and the James Rawley Book Prize in Atlantic History from the American Historical Association, and the 2013 Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français d'Amerique.  Prof. Scott, who is also the author of Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba after Slavery, received an AB from Radcliffe College, an MPhil in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University. Her current project, from which this talk will be drawn, is titled “Unlawful Powers: The Making and Breaking of Property in Persons.”