"There Are No Slaves in France": The Political Culture of Race and Slavery in the Ancien Ri'Agime / Edition 1

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There Are No Slaves in France examines the paradoxical emergence of political antislavery and institutional racism in the century prior to the French Revolution. Sue Peabody shows how the political culture of late Bourbon France created ample opportunities for contestation over the meaning of freedom. Based on various archival sources, this work will be of interest not only to historians of slavery and France, but to scholars interested in the emergence of modern culture in the Atlantic world.

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"...a superb scholarly investigation of the so-called 'Freedom Principle'....Strongly based on archival research, this well-written study deserves wide readership."—Choice

"...grounded firmly in archival research and a comprehensive survey of secondary material."—History

"The book is a good example of the wealth of information that can be gleaned from an examination of legal cases. Peabody's scholarly monograph is a welcome addition to what is still a narrow shelf of books and articles about race and slavery in eighteenth-century France."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Peabody has produced a solid piece of legal and social hostory....this is an impressively researched, exhaustively documented book, a model of how to exploit archival and legal primary sources. It should prove to be the definitive study of the slavery question in mainland France prior to the French Revolution."—American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195158663
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Slavery in France: The Problem and Early Responses 11
2 The Case of Jean Boucaux v. Verdelin: Fashioning the National Myth of Liberty 23
3 The Impact of the Declaration of 1738: Nantes, La Rochelle, and Paris 41
4 Notions of Race in the Eighteenth Century 57
5 Crisis: Blacks in the Capital, 1762 72
6 Antislavery and Antidespotism: 1760-1771 88
7 The Police des Noirs, 1776-1777 106
8 Erosion of the Police des Noirs 121
Epilogue 137
Notes 141
Bibliography 189
Index 201
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