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Scott, Rebecca J.

Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law

969 Legal Research
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E-mail rjscott@umich.edu
Rebecca J. Scott is the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law. At the Law School, she teaches a course on civil rights and the boundaries of citizenship in historical perspective, as well as a seminar on the law in slavery and freedom. Her most recent book, coauthored with Jean M. Hébrard, is Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press, 2012), which traces one family's interaction with law and official documents across five generations, from West Africa to the Americas to Europe. Freedom Papers has been awarded the 2012 Albert Beveridge Book Award in American History and the James Rawley Book Prize in Atlantic History, both from the American Historical Association. The book also has been awarded the 2013 Chinard Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Institut Français d'Amerique. Among Prof. Scott's recent articles are "Under Color of Law: Siliadin v. France and the Dynamics of Enslavement in Historical Perspective," in Jean Allain, ed., The Legal Understanding of Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2012); "Paper Thin: Freedom and Re-enslavement in the Diaspora of the Haitian Revolution," Law and History Review (November 2011); and "Public Rights, Social Equality, and the Conceptual Roots of the Plessy Challenge," Michigan Law Review (2008). Prof. Scott received an AB from Radcliffe College, an MPhil in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in history from Princeton University. She has held the Guggenheim Fellowship and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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O Trabalho Escravo Contemporâneo e os Usos da História (Contemporary Slave Labor and the Uses of History). University of Michigan Public Law Research Paper Series, No. 333. Working Paper, 2013.
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"Dignité/Dignidade: Organizing Against Threats to Diginity in Societies After Slavery." In Understanding Human Dignity, edited by C. McCrudden. Proceedings of the British Academy, 192. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Under Color of Law: Siliadin v. France and the Dynamics of Enslavement in Historical Perspective." In The Legal Understanding of Slavery: From the Historical to the Contemporary, edited by J. Allain, 152-64. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
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Co-author. Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation. J.-M. Hébard, co-author. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.

"Slavery and the Law in Atlantic Perspective: Jurisdiction, Jurisprudence, and Justice." Law & Hist. Rev. 29, no. 4 (2011): 915-24. (Introduction to special issue: Law, Slavery, and Justice. © The American Society for Legal History.)
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"Paper Thin: Freedom and Re-enslavement in the Diaspora of the Haitian Revolution." Law & Hist. Rev. 29, no. 4 (2011): 1061-87. (© The American Society for Legal History)
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"'Stubborn and Disposed to Stand Their Ground': Sugar Workers and the Dynamics of Collective Action in the Louisiana Sugar Bowl, 1863-87." In The Lafourche Country III: Annals and Onwards, edited by J. P. Doucet and S. S. Michot, 221-35. Thibodaux, La.: Lafourche Heritage Society, 2010. (Originally published under the same title in Slavery & Abolition 20, no. 1 (1999): 103-26.)

Co-author. "Rosalie of the Poulard Nation: Freedom, Law, and Dignity in the Era of the Haitian Revolution." J. M. Hébrard, co-author. In Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic World, edited by J. D. Garrigus and C. Morris, 116-43. Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, 41. [College Station, Tex.]: Texas A&M Univ. Press, 2010.

"'She...Refuses to Deliver Up Herself as the Slave of Your Petitioner': Émigrés, Enslavement, and the 1808 Louisiana Digest of the Civil Laws." Tul. Eur. & Civ. L. F. 24 (2009): 115-36. (Symposium on The Bicentennial of the Digest of 1808--Collected Papers)Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw

"Reinventar la esclavitud, garantizar la libertad: De Saint-Domingue a Santiago a Nueva Orleáns, 1803-1809." Caminos 52 (2009): 2-13.
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"Microhistory Set in Motion: A Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Creole Itinerary." In Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz, edited by G. Baca, A. Khan And S. Palmié, 84-111. Chapel Hill: University of North Carlolina Press, 2009.
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Guest speaker, "Connecting Thought and Action Across Borders: The Challenge of Contemporary Slavery," 20th anniversary celebration of the International Institute, University of Michigan, February 2014.

Presented "'Unlawful Power': Two Moments in the Creation of Property in Persons," Yale Law School, March 2013.

Presented "Dignite/Dignidade: Organizing Against Threats to Dignity in Societies after Slavery" at the "Understanding Human Dignity: An Interdisciplinary Conference" at the University of Oxford, June 2012.

Delivered the Henry Russel Lecture, "Under Color of Law: Contemporary Slavery and the Uses of History," at the University of Michigan, February 2012.

Presented "Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation" at the Author's Forum, Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, February 2012.

Discussed her book (coauthored with Jean Hébrard) Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation in a video interview, February 2012.

Collaborated in the preparation of a special issue on law and slavery for the Law and History Review (no. 4, vol. 29, October 2011).

 
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