Maine Law Prof. Malick Ghachem wins book award
Oct. 30, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Law Professor Malick Ghachem has won a prestigious award from the American Historical Association for his book, The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution.
The book was selected for the Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for 2012, recognizing the best work in English on any aspect of French history.
Ghachem is invited to an award ceremony in New Orleans on Jan. 4, 2013, at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, which is the largest historical society in the U.S. with nearly 14,000 members. From the AHA website: “The Association recognizes a wide variety of distinguished historical work, which can take the form of an exceptional book in the field, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, and even on film. Since 1896 the Association has conferred 1,276 awards. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalogue of the best work produced by the historical profession.”
The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution, published in March 2012 by Cambridge University Press, is the first comprehensive account of the role of law in the transformation of Haiti from a slave colony into an independent nation.
The book spans the period from 1685 to 1804, when Haitians became the first formerly enslaved people to overthrow a colonial power. Drawing from a wide range of historical sources, Ghachem takes the reader into the intense legal and political debates of the time. Many of those debates centered on the Code Noir, the law that governed the relations between masters and slaves in the far-reaching French empire. Code Noir recognized that the behavior of masters – not just the behavior of slaves – was a threat to the stability and order of the plantation system, such as the one that developed on Saint-Domingue, which would later become Haiti. Ghachem follows a series of challenges to the law of the empire, culminating with the Haitian Revolution.
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