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Greg Grandin's gripping account of an 1804 slave revolt off the coast of Chile, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, was selected by the New York Times as an Editors' Choice and hailed by Toni Morrison as "scholarship at its best…(his) deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary."
Dr. Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan 2009), which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist and included on several of that year's "10 Best" lists. A professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he writes on US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights.
In connection with the BHS exhibition Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom, BHS Director of Public History Julie Golia engages Dr. Grandin in a discussion of his dramatic retelling in the context of slavery and abolition in America.
Book Talk: Greg Grandin, Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
Wednesday, May 28th, 6:30pm
$5 / FREE for BHS Members
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