is the co-author with Alejandro de La Fuente (Harvard University) of Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Louisiana, and Virginia. It builds on her earlier two books, What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America and Double Character: Slavery and Mastery in the Antebellum Southern Courtroom, which looked at the intertwining of race, slavery and law in the United States, as well as Alejandro’s work on enslaved people’s claims to freedom in Cuba.
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