Book cover of Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana by Sophie Whiteby 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 and experienced their worlds.

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Sophie White, “Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana” (UNC Press, 2019)
7/29/20          73 min


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