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.

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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