Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation
Historians Rebecca Scott (University of Michigan) and Jean Hbrard (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) discuss their new book, Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2012) in conversation with professors Christopher L. Brown (History, Columbia), Madeleine Dobie (French and Comparative Literature, Columbia), Eric Foner (History, Columbia) and Pierre Force (French and History, Columbia). Moderated by Emmanuelle Saada (French and History, Columbia).
A historical tour de force combining micro-history and global history, Freedom Papers opens with the enslavement of Rosalie, a woman from Senegambia, and then traces her familys quest, across five generations and two continents, for lives of dignity and equality. The story of Rosalie and her descendants unfolds against the background of three great antiracist struggles: the Haitian Revolution, the French Revolution of 1848, and the U.S. Civil War.