Freedom papers an Atlantic odyssey in the age of emancipation
This saga opens with the enslavement of a woman from Senegambia, and then traces her family's quest, across five generations, 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.
Print Book, English, ©2012
Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), ©2012
1 v. (249 p.) : couv. ill. ; 24 cm
Prologue: The cigar maker writes to the general
"Rosalie, black woman of the Poulard nation"
"Rosalie ... my slave"
Crossing the gulf
The land of the rights of man
Joseph and his brothers
"The term public rights should be made to mean something"
Horizons of commerce
Citizens beyond nation
Epilogue: "For a racial reason."