The Imitation Monticello and “Black Histories Matter”

In connection with a recent piece co-authored with Erica Caple James entitled “Black Histories Matter” that appears in the current issue of Perspectives, the AHA newsletter, here are photos (by ECJ) of the Somers, CT replica of Jefferson’s Monticello.  The article includes a photo of the original.

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Accommodating Empire: Comparing French and American Paths to the Legalization of Gay Marriage

Just published in the Southern California Law Review, my essay on empire, immigration, Islam, and the legalization of gay marriage in France and the United States.  The full cite is 88 S. Cal. L. Rev. 511 (2015).

New laws of slavery database

A shout out to Dominique Rogers and Myriam Cottias for coordinating the just-released, massive new database on the laws of slavery and the slave trade, as part of the EURESCL initiative.  I have only fiddled with it briefly thus far, but it looks most impressive: a wide-ranging collection of statutory texts (with some “decisional” law bearing on the French colonies primarily, it seems — I was not able to see yet if there is case law from the Anglo-American jurisdictions).  Thank you Dominique Rogers and Myriam Cottias!

Religious Liberty and the Financial War on Terror

About to come out in volume 12 of First Amendment Law Review, my essay on “Religious Liberty and the Financial War on Terror.”  You can find a  “draft” typeset version here; for the official and final published version please see FALR N.b.: the article deals with some highly controversial cases involving Muslim charities in the post-9/11 era.  Please read before drawing conclusions.

“The Limits of Revolution”

For those in the Boston area on Feb. 27, here’s a nice image of a panel I will be doing at Brandeis that afternoon/evening on “The Limits of Revolution” with Chris Brown, Suzanne Desan, and myself.  The panel is part of the Brandeis Sawyer Seminar Rethinking the Age of Revolution (directed by Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser with their fabulous postdoc fellow Julia Gaffield):


“The Other Revolution: Haiti, 1789-1804” (version 2.0!)

I am thrilled and delighted that my old friends at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island (a favorite research location) have remounted a new version of the 2004 exhibition that I curated in connection with the JCB’s bicentennial conference on the Haitian Revolution.  The exhibition is open now through the end of April 2014 and is accompanied by a wonderful digital version that you can access here.  The new version of the exhibition is part of a collaboration between the JCB and the New York Historical Society.  If you have not yet seen the scintillating essays in the NYHS’s Revolution! volume that came out a few years ago (edited by Rabinowitz, Dubois, and Bender), by all means hasten to read them.  Thanks so much to Susan Danforth, the JCB’s George S. Parker Curator of Maps and Prints, for all she did to make this new edition of the exhibition possible, and to Leslie Tobias Olsen for work on the website version. Looking forward to marking the occasion with a lecture on Haiti at the JCB on March 8 and, even before then, at a Feb. 21 panel that is part of the “Curators on International Slavery” series at Brown on Feb. 20-21, 2014.