"Freedom Papers: One Family’s Struggle to Refuse Slavery and Secure Respect, 1785-1945" | NC Museum of History | Arts | Indy Week
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"Freedom Papers: One Family’s Struggle to Refuse Slavery and Secure Respect, 1785-1945" 

When: Sun., March 20, 2 p.m. 2011
Price: Free but RSVP recommended

Rebecca J. Scott, professor of history and law at the University of Michigan, has been a groundbreaking scholar in the history of emancipation since the 1970s. Her lecture today, "Freedom Papers: One Family's Struggle to Refuse Slavery and Secure Respect, 1785–1945," traces the complex history of an African-born woman named Rosalie and her descendants, from West Africa through Haiti, Cuba and New Orleans. Scott situates their story in a "Caribbean perspective" that takes into account the movement of people and ideas throughout the Gulf of Mexico during the "long 19th century," of which she stakes out a regional variant, from the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1804 to U.S. incursions into Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The talk begins at 2 p.m. It's free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended; call the museum at 807-7847 to register. —Marc Maximov

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