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Author, The Souciant
Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana
radically reorients our perspective on Blackness and slavery in the Americas. As an extension of Martha Jones’s
Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America
, this work is the product of prodigious research in the court records of Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana by two accomplished scholars who each bring to their analyses a multi-perspectival take on
race and slavery
. The focus of this study is the ways in which enslaved and free people of color used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones.
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