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Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

Sophie White


In eighteenth-century New Orleans, the legal testimony of some 150 enslaved women and men--like the testimony of free colonists--was meticulously recorded and preserved. Questioned in criminal trials as defendants, victims, and witnesses about attacks, murders, robberies, and escapes, they answered with stories about themselves, stories that rebutted the premise on which slavery was founded. Focusing on four especially dramatic court cases, Voices of the Enslaved draws us into Louisiana’s courtrooms, prisons, courtyards, plantations, bayous, and convents to understand how the enslaved viewed a ... More

Keywords: Slavery, 18th century, Slave autobiographical narratives, Slave law, intimacy, French Atlantic, Louisiana, Colonial America, African-Americans, archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654041
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie White, author
University of Notre Dame