Jim Luce on History

A lthough a Japanese literature, Jim Luce was fascinated by world history from a child through today.  His interest in genealogy stems from the fasciation he feels connected to Plymouth Rock, Harvard and Yale – and even through ship captains and missionaries, China and Japan.  As a teen, Jim was both fascinated and appalled to know that his grandmother had been born on a plantation in Maryland whose slaves had been freed shortly before her birth.  These slave were enumerated by her father in the 186o U.S. Census.  History, Jim believes, is alive.

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The film brilliantly depicts the extreme brutality of French colonialism and the bloody revolution that brought Haitians their freedom to the crushing foreign debt and the 15-year American occupation.  Credit: Burning of the Plaine du Cap, Haiti, 1794 (engraving) by The French School (18th century). Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France/ Archives Charmet/ The Bridgeman Art Library.

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