A&S Decanal Lecture - The Coromantee War: Charting the Course of an Atlantic Slave Revolt

When and Where

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom


Vincent Brown, the Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University


Dean Melanie Woodin is delighted to host this inaugural community event to celebrate Black History Month 2021. 

Our guest is the distinguished Harvard historian Professor Vincent Brown. Professor Melanie Newton from the Department of History will facilitate questions. 

The Jamaican Coromantee War of 1760-1761 shows how the turmoil of enslavement, which ruptured systems of social authority and cultural continuity among Africans, figured the development of enslaved militancy as it originated, traveled, took root, and germinated in far-flung contexts.

Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of American History, Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Founding Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University. His research, writing, teaching, and other creative endeavors are focused on the political dimensions of cultural practice in the African Diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the early modern Atlantic world. Brown is the author of numerous books, articles and reviews in scholarly journals. His most recent book is Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, published by Belknap Press in January 2020, which was awarded the 2020 Sons & Daughters of United States Middle Passage Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Non-Fiction Research and was a finalist for the 2020 Cundill History Prize.

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