TRIDENT OFFSITE (BPL): Julius S. Scott - The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution

After brief introduction to Stone Book Award the winning author Julius S. Scott will read excerpts from The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution and will talk a little bit about the writing process. This will be followed by audience Q&A and will wrap up with a book signing for 15 minutes at the end.

A remarkable intellectual history of the slave revolts that made the modern revolutionary era

The Common Wind is a gripping and colorful account of the intercontinental networks that tied together the free and enslaved masses of the New World. Having delved deep into the gray obscurity of official eighteenth-century records in Spanish, English, and French, Julius S. Scott has written a powerful “history from below.” Scott follows the spread of “rumors of emancipation” and the people behind them, bringing to life the protagonists in the slave revolution.

By tracking the colliding worlds of buccaneers, military deserters, and maroon communards from Venezuela to Virginia, Scott records the transmission of contagious mutinies and insurrections in unparalleled detail, providing readers with an intellectual history of the enslaved.

Though The Common Wind is credited with having “opened up the Black Atlantic with a rigor and a commitment to the power of written words,” the manuscript remained unpublished for thirty-two years. Now, after receiving wide acclaim from leading historians of slavery and the New World, it has been published by Verso for the first time, with a foreword by the academic and author Marcus Rediker.

Julius S. Scott is Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

Sponsored by the Museum of African American History (Boston and Nantucket) and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, the MAAH Stone Book Award encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $25,000 prize to the author of an exceptional adult non-fiction book written in a literary style, and awards of $2,500 each to two Finalists Information about the Stone Book Award can be found at

*Note: This event will be held offsite, at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch in Copley Square. More Information can be found here.*

Event date: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution Cover Image
By Julius S. Scott, Marcus Rediker (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781788732475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - November 27th, 2018