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Author’s Forum: A Conversation with Rebecca Scott and Jean Hébrard

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
12:00 AM
Library Gallery (Room 100) in the Hatcher Graduate Library (913 S. University Ave.)

Rebecca Scott and Jean Hébrard will discuss their new book, <i>Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation</i>

Around 1785, a woman was taken from her home in Senegambia and sent to Saint-Domingue in the Caribbean. Those who enslaved her there named her Rosalie. Her later efforts to escape slavery were the beginning of a family’s quest, across five generations and three continents, for lives of dignity and equality. Freedom Papers sets the saga of Rosalie and her descendants against the background of three great antiracist struggles of the nineteenth century: the Haitian Revolution, the French Revolution of 1848, and the Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States. Advance copies of the book will be available at the event, and at the campus Barnes and Noble.

Cosponsored by the Institute for the Humanities.