Community & Scholars: Julius S. Scott and Vincent Brown
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'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.