I’m Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Harvard University Press is shipping copies of my book “A Secret Among the Blacks”: Slave Resistance Before the Haitian Revolution. You can read the Introduction and index using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.
In July 2023 the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull organized a virtual symposium on the book with a distinguished group of commentators.
Click here to for my 10-minute description of the book’s key findings.
A Secret among the Blacks charts three decades of resistance and environmental turmoil in the region where the Haitian Revolution began. It provides a new interpretation of the so-called Makandal poison plot of 1757-58. New archival discoveries show how the world’s only successful slave revolution grew out of people’s attempts to survive zoonotic disease, oppression, and malicious prosecutions. An Andrew Carnegie Fellowship (2019-21) and a year at the National Humanities Center (2017-18) allowed me to write most of this work.
You can see some of the book’s underlying research in my William & Mary Quarterly article about the devastating impact of livestock disease on enslaved people in Saint-Domingue’s North Province. It appeared in the October 2021 issue.