Anna Julia Cooper's dissertation, L'Attitude de la France a l'egard de l'esclavage pendant la revolution, offered a bold interpretation of the French Revolution. In it, she examined the relations between the 18th-century revolutionists in Paris and the representatives and inhabitants of the richest of French colonies, San Domingue. Historian Frances R. Keller w makes this unique work available in English for students and scholars alike. Through Keller's interpretive essays, one is able to better understand the incredible story of Anna Julia Cooper and the importance and originality of her scholarship.
Frances Richardson Keller received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and taught history at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Fictions of U.S. History: A Theory and Four Illustrations; An American crusade: The Life of Charles Waddell Chesnutt; and editor of Views of Women's Lives in Western Tradition: Frontiers of the Past and the Future.