Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LSA John Hope Franklin Prize to Ferrer

Ada Ferrer (New York University) is the recipient of the 2013 John Hope Franklin Prize (in recognition of "exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism and the Law") from the Law & Society Association for her article "Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic." It appeared in Volume 117 of the American Historical Review (2012). Here's the citation:
In her article Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic, Ada Ferrer provides an excellent example of how Haitian legal institutions and principles influenced the Atlantic world, including discussions of human rights and emancipation. Specifically, Ferrer presents a case study in the application of the Haitian Republic’s Constitution of 1816 to create a safe-haven territory to which slaves and even free blacks could escape or migrate with the expectation of living as free people, and she traces the effect of this law, and more generally the Haitian Revolution, on the slave societies that surrounded Haiti in the Caribbean and Atlantic, and even the effect of these factors in Europe, the United States and South America.