November 16th: Gísli Pálsson on THE MAN WHO STOLE HIMSELF: THE SLAVE ODYSSEY OF HANS JONATHAN

Gisli Palsson, a professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland, will read from his new book The Man Who Stole Himself: the Slave Odyssey of Hans Jonathan. The book tells the remarkable story of a man born into slavery in the Caribbean in 1784, who fought for Denmark in the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen, then declared himself a free man and "stole" himself away from those who would deny him freedom. The Man Who Stole Himself brilliantly intertwines Hans Jonathan's adventurous travels with a portrait of the Danish slave trade, legal arguments over slavery, and the state of nineteenth-century race relations in the Northern Atlantic world. 

Event date: 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104