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Julius S. Scott & Vincent Brown


Mar 01 2020


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


The Regulator Bookshop

720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Community & Scholars - Julius Scott and Vincent Brown

Julius S. Scott and Vincent Brown in Conversation

Community & Scholars Speaker Series

The Regulator Bookshop welcomes authors Julius S. Scott and Vincent Brown for a reading and discussion about their new books, The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution and Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, respectively. Scott and Brown will be joined in conversation by Georgia State University professor Julia Gaffield. Scott’s The Common Wind is a remarkable intellectual history of the slave revolts that made the modern revolutionary era. This colorful account of the intercontinental networks that tied together the free and enslaved masses of the New World is a powerful “history from below” delving deep into the gray obscurity of official eighteenth-century records in Spanish, English, and French. Scott records the transmission of contagious mutinies and insurrections in unparalleled detail, providing readers with an intellectual history of the enslaved. Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt is a gripping account of the largest slave revolt in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, an uprising that laid bare the interconnectedness of Europe, Africa, and America, shook the foundations of empire, and reshaped ideas of race and popular belonging. Tacky’s Revolt expands our understanding of the relationship between European, African, and American history, as it speaks to our understanding of wars of terror today.

Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics as part of our Community & Scholars series.


Julius S. Scott

University of Michigan

Julius S. Scott is Lecturer of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution is based on Scott’s influential but previously unpublished 1986 Duke University doctoral dissertation. The book traces the circulation of news in African diasporic…...

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Vincent Brown

Harvard University

Vincent Brown is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and the author of The Reaper’s Garden, which won the James A. Rawley Prize, the Louis Gottschalk Prize, and the Merle Curti Award. He has received Guggenheim and Mellon…...

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Julia Gaffield

Georgia State University

Julia Gaffield is a historian of the early-modern Atlantic World. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University in 2012. Her research focuses on the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the connections between Haiti and other Atlantic colonies, countries, and empires in…...

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