This essay serves as a response to two essays, by Sara E. Johnson and Laura Rosanne Adderley, written in response to the author’s 2014 book Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution. The essay is a reflection on historical and archival method that argues for the value of informed speculation in scholarly work on slavery and black revolution.
Slavery, Freedom, and the Work of Speculation
Ada Ferrer is Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University. She is author of the award-winning books Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898 (1999) and Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (2014). She is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.
Ada Ferrer; Slavery, Freedom, and the Work of Speculation. Small Axe 1 March 2019; 23 (1 (58)): 220–228. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7374574
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