Author Archives: mghachem

About mghachem

Historian, Attorney, and Teacher. Writer on legal affairs and the Atlantic revolutionary tradition. Associate Professor of History at MIT.

Photos of a recent trip to Haiti (Part 2 of 2)

All photos © Malick W. Ghachem, 2016.  Please do not reproduce without permission.

Photos of a recent trip to Haiti (Part 1 of 2)

All photos © Malick W. Ghachem, 2016.  Please do not reproduce without permission.

Interview with “New Books in Caribbean Studies”

Although the book is not quite so “new” anymore, I enjoyed doing this recent interview on The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution with Dan Livesay, editor of the “New Books in Caribbean Studies” podcast series.  An embedded link to the podcast appears directly below.

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!