Popkin is the T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. professor of history at the University of Kentucky. His publications on the Haitian Revolution include "Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Uprising" (2007), "You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery" (2010), and "A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution" (2012). He is a fellow at the National Humanities Center where he is working on a project on “Freedom and Unfreedom in the Revolutionary Era,” in which the struggles over slavery play a major part.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Popkin’s talk will ask what can be learned from comparing survivor accounts from the Holocaust with those written by colonists who survived the Haitian Revolution. Survivors of these two violent episodes often recount similar traumatic experiences, but we read their stories in very different ways. Thinking about these differences can make us more aware of the issues at stake in using eyewitness accounts as historical sources.
What is the Atlantic World?
Since the post-war period, historians have acknowledged that one of the most fruitful means to understand the history of the Americas, Europe, and Africa, is to study their intrinsic connections with one another, prevalent since the 16th century. The field of Atlantic World history studies the circulation of people, objects, and ideas between these three areas, and the Atlantic Ocean which connects them.
What is the Atlantic World History program?
Aimed at talented and qualified students from around the world, the Atlantic World concentration of the History M.A. at East Carolina University offers training in a variety of related fields across a range of temporal specializations, with interdisciplinary options also available. The program qualifies its graduates to pursue PhDs in the Atlantic World, and potentially in numerous subfields, such as European, American, Caribbean, African, and Latin American history, International Relations, and African & African American Studies. The Atlantic World history concentration at ECU also provides training in academic and practical skills tailored to meet the needs of teachers, public servants, and business leaders operating in a trans-Atlantic and global environment.