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Borderland Maroons

Sylviane A. Diouf

in Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056036
eISBN:
9780813053806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056036.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

Unlike their African forebears, most American maroons in the antebellum period did not look for freedom in remote hinterland locations. Instead, they settled in the borderlands of farms or ... More


From Damsels to Specters in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Hannah Crafts’s The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Sarah Gilbreath Ford

in Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781496829696
eISBN:
9781496829740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496829696.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) and Hannah Crafts’s The Bondwoman’s Narrative (written circa 1858 and published 2002). Although Jacobs and Crafts ... More


Exit and Solidarity: Fugitive Slave Narratives

Jennet Kirkpatrick

in The Virtues of Exit: On Resistance and Quitting Politics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635392
eISBN:
9781469635408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635392.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines several narratives written by American slaves who escaped captivity prior to the Civil War. It argues that the accounts of former and fugitive slaves are animated by a ... More


The Black Market: Property, Freedom, and Fugitivity in Antebellum Life

Sharada Balachandran Orihuela

in Fugitives, Smugglers, and Thieves: Piracy and Personhood in American Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640921
eISBN:
9781469640945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640921.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers varied forms of political life made possible through the framework of theft. Recognizing that the hemispheric slave trade is a piratical act in the context of the novel, these ... More


‘What had become of me?’: Sheppard Lee’s Blackface Transformation

Hannah Lauren Murray

in Liminal Whiteness in Early US Fiction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781474481731
eISBN:
9781399501941
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481731.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Robert Montgomery Bird boldly experiments with cross-racial transformation in his proto-science fiction fantasy Sheppard Lee. This chapter draws on archival research to read Sheppard Lee as textual ... More


“Said, Without Being Asked”: An Introduction

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Drawing on 18th century testimony by enslaved Africans in French colonial Louisiana, and the 1764 interrogatory of Marguerite in particular, the introduction lays out why such court records can be ... More


Credibility and Truth Making in the Atlantic World

David Lambert

in Mastering the Niger: James MacQueen's African Geography and the Struggle over Atlantic Slavery

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226078069
eISBN:
9780226078236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226078236.003.0005
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter considers tensions between James MacQueen’s synthetic geographical method and theories of knowledge based on first-hand observation. Questions about the credibility of testimony and ... More


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

Sophie White

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

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 ... More


“Not So Denatured as to Kill Her Child”: Marie-Jeanne and Lisette

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Chapter Three moves to the Illinois Country (Upper Louisiana) in 1748 and explores the contentious relationship between two enslaved women: Marie-Jeanne, a pregnant woman of African descent accused ... More


“Our Place”: Francisque, Démocrite, and Hector

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This case study centers on the court case brought in 1766 against Francisque, an outsider of African descent who self-described himself in New Orleans as an “Englishman from Philadelphia” whose ... More


“Asleep in Their Bed at the Door of Their Cabin”: Kenet and Jean-Baptiste

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Chapter Five shifts the action to 1767 and a swampy bayou beyond New Orleans as it traces the love story of Kenet and Jean-Baptiste and their search for a way to be permanently united. Where enslaved ... More


The Post-Soul Cowboy on the Science Fiction Frontier

Michael K. Johnson

in Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039287
eISBN:
9781626740013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039287.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The hybrid genre of the Science Fiction-Western has opened a new space for imagining and performing an African American West. Using settings that are futuristic and/or post-apocalyptic, they free the ... More


Conclusion: The D Is Silent

Michael K. Johnson

in Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039287
eISBN:
9781626740013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039287.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks back at the African American western through the lens of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s homage to the blaxploitation film and the spaghetti western. In its “deliberate ... More


“Only in Default of Whites”: Slave Testimony and Court Procedure

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

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 ... More


“It’s Only from God That We Ask Forgiveness”: Louison

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This analysis focuses on Louison, an enslaved woman belonging to the Ursuline convent in New Orleans, who testified as victim of a violent aggression in 1752. She was stabbed during an incident that ... More


Epilogue: Toward an Intellectual Critique of Slavery?

Sophie White

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

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781469654041
eISBN:
9781469654065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654041.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The Epilogue foregrounds the enslaved African François-Xavier, whose dogged attempts in 1753 Mobile to get a soldier shamed for a profoundly disturbing act reads at times like a searing indictment of ... More


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