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November 17, 2021, 4:30 PM EST

Second Revolutions: Thomas Jefferson and the Making of the Haitian Revolution

Alec Dun, Associate Dean of the College and Historian of Early America

Alec Dun is an early American historian. His scholarly interests—in race and identity, radicalism and revolution, slavery and antislavery—lead him to focus particularly on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in America. Those same interests, however, widen the boundaries of that “America” to include the Caribbean and, in some ways, the greater Atlantic basin as a whole.

Dun received his BA from Amherst College and his MA and PhD from Princeton. His first book, Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America was published by Penn Press in 2016. He taught in the University's History Department for 13 years, and was an Associate Editor at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. He is currently Associate Dean of the College.

The Haitian Revolution, culminating with Haitian independence in 1804, was a major world historical event. Contemporaries understood the fact well, but, until relatively recently, most historians haven’t discussed it in the same ways as they talk about revolutions in the United States, France, Russia, or China. This lecture will ask why.

This talk is free and open to the public.

Event Details

  • Dates
    November 17, 2021, 4:30 PM EST
  • Cost
    Free and open to the public