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Voices of the EnslavedLove, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana$
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Sophie White

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654041

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.001.0001

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“Only in Default of Whites”

“Only in Default of Whites”

Slave Testimony and Court Procedure

(p.27) Chapter 1 “Only in Default of Whites”
Voices of the Enslaved

Sophie White

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter offers a grand tour of French court procedures as applied to the enslaved in French Louisiana, in order to frame the analysis of slave testimony. Using particular court cases to flesh out the application of the law in the colony, it discusses the role of slave codes against the backdrop of French colonial laws and judicial procedure, which dictated in minute detail how crimes were investigated, prosecuted, sentenced, and, especially, how testimony was heard, transcribed, and recorded in the archive.

Keywords:   Slave law, Code noir, Slave narratives, French colonial law, Judicial procedure, Archives, Louisiana, African-Americans, Colonial America

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