Legacies of Slavery

TUE, MAY 31, 2022 (1:03:18)

Pulitzer prize-winning historian, David Hackett Fischer’s latest book AFRICAN FOUNDERS: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals draws on decades of research, some of it conducted in West Africa. Fischer shows that African and African Americans were agents of pluralism that drove the development of early America. He shines a light on the little-known history of how enslaved Africans and their descendants created new regional cultures and enlarged American ideas of freedom. Thus, slaves actually helped shape the early American republic; Fischer’s work will transform our understanding of the influential role slaves played in America’s origins ranging from their impact on music to linguistics, from farming techniques to ethical principles.

David Hackett Fischer is a University Professor and Warren Professor of History emeritus at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Washington’s Crossing and Champlain’s Dream. In 2015, he received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

He wil be in conversation with Johanna Li, Associate Editor at Simon and Schuster.

+ BIO: David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is a University Professor and Warren Professor of History emeritus at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books, including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Washington’s Crossing and Champlain’s Dream. In 2015, he received the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

+ BIO: Johanna Li

Johanna Li started in publishing as an intern at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She is particularly interested in works that explore ideas across genres, that make unexpected connections, and uncover hidden histories, including but not limited to narrative nonfiction; books about the arts, pop culture and cultural history; literary fiction; and biography & memoir.

During her time at S&S she has worked with a wide range of authors, including David Quammen, Robert Putnam, Scott Eyman, Judith Viorst, and Mario Livio.

source: https://simonandschusterpublishing.com

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