ICS Lecture: Equality of Public Rights and the Atlantic Itinerary of a Family of African Descent, 1799-1899

The Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Microhistory Set in Motion: Equality of Public Rights and the Atlantic Itinerary of a Family of African Descent, 1799-1899” by Dr. Rebecca Scott (Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law, University of Michigan). Dr. Juan Giusti Cordero (Department of History, College of Humanities, UPR-RP) will serve as commentator.

This lecture will take place on Thursday, February 27, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre 211 of the New Building of Natural Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description:  At the end of the Civil War, constitutional conventions in the southern states set out the rights of citizenship and forms of governance under which each state would re-enter the union. Louisiana’s new state constitution guaranteed not only civil and political rights but also “public rights,” hence access to schools, public accommodations, and public transportation without regard to color. One delegate to that convention, Edouard Tinchant, was the grandson of an African-born woman transported as a slave around 1785 to French Saint-Domingue. His family’s itinerary, which passes through Cuba in 1803, New Orleans in 1809, France in 1848, and Veracruz in1861, can illuminate the Caribbean and Atlantic roots of the radical concept of equal “public rights,” and the dialogues across the Gulf of Mexico on which it has rested.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71***

Comments and suggestions on the presentation will be welcome at

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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Photo from http://tinchant.blogspot.com/2007/05/louis-et-edouard-tinchant.html

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