Product DescriptionThe idea of universal rights often understood as the product of Europe, but as Laurent Dubois demonstrates, is deeply as the struggle over slavery and citizenship in the French Caribbean. Dubois examines this Caribbean revolution by focusing on Guadalupe, where in the 1790s, insurgents on the island fought for equality and freedom and formed alliances with besieged Republicans. In 1794, slavery was abolished throughout the French Empire, ushering in a new colonial order in which all persons, regardless of race, are entitled to equal rights. But French administrators on the island along with the emancipation of the new forms of coercion and racial exclusion, even as newly freed slaves strugg. . . More>>

A Colony of Citizens: Revolution & Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804

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