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Becoming free, becoming Black : race, freedom, and law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana

Author: Alejandro de la Fuente; Ariela Julie Gross
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Series: Studies in legal history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
How did Africans become 'blacks' in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery. Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alejandro de la Fuente; Ariela Julie Gross
ISBN: 9781108480642 1108480640
OCLC Number: 1104859661
Description: xiv, 281 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Contents: "A Negro and by consequence an alien" : local regulations and the making of race, 1500s-1700s --
The "inconvenience" of Black freedom : manumission, 1500s-1700s --
"The natural right of all mankind" : claiming freedom in the Age of Revolution, 1760-1830 --
"Rules ... for their expulsion" : foreclosing freedom, 1830-1860 --
"Not of the same blood" : policing racial boundaries, 1830-1860 --
Conclusion: "Home-born citizens" : the significance of free people of color.
Series Title: Studies in legal history.
Responsibility: Alejandro de la Fuente, Ariela J. Gross.


Becoming Free, Becoming Black offers the first comparative study of law, race, and freedom in the Americas from the sixteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries. Slaveholders linked blackness and slavery in  Read more...


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'At a moment when 'Send Them Back' has reemerged as a nativist rallying cry, Becoming Free, Becoming Black is a brilliantly lucid guide to the deep history of how race and ethnic origin came to be Read more...

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